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2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T R-Line Review & Test Drive

Published on August 29, 2019, by in Automobile.

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2019 volkswagen jetta 1.4t

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a go-to for the mainstream segment of compact sedans. With its complete redesign for the 2019 model year, the Volkswagen Jetta becomes more sophisticated and is styled to fit the part of a grown-up attitude in a landscape that is being dominated by crossover utility vehicles.

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In the redesign of the new Jetta, Volkswagen made the selections simpler with the trim levels, which all offer the same new 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to power the front wheels (a new Jetta GLI model is to come with a more powerful 228hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine). Moreover, the Jetta retains a low starting price, which starts at just $18,745 for the base S trim level providing the highlighted features of LED headlights, LED taillights, a manual transmission, and the availability of a few select active safety features.

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My mid-level R-Line trim Jetta test vehicle gets a few added features, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, two-tone leatherette seating surfaces, panoramic sunroof, blindspot monitor, automatic dual-zone climate control, and keyless access with push-button start. At the top end of the trim spectrum with the Jetta SEL Premium, a few more desirable options are added, such as the digital cockpit gauge cluster, ambient lighting, upgraded audio system, real leather seating surfaces, and a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, bringing the price to just over $27K.

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The new Volkswagen Jetta is exceptionally efficient and meets its remarkable EPA fuel economy figures in the real world. The new Jetta in all its trim levels gets 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined. I was able to match those numbers even when pushing the Jetta a little hard on the highway – I still was able to get at least 40 mph or better.

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With the decent fuel economy, the Jetta still scoots along pretty well even with 147 horsepower on paper. The extra grunt from the smallish turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is due to its torque figure of 184 ft-lbs., which gets the relatively low-weight (2,959 pounds) Jetta up to 60 mph in about 8.4 seconds – not fast by any means but not the slowest around. At low speeds around town, the Jetta has good power. It’s not until you reach highway speeds or push the engine to its redline where the turbo 4-cylinder starts to give out. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that feels very direct as it limits slipping of the torque converter and fires off shifts without confusion. There’s nothing really sporty about the new Jetta’s driving character. Most of the sportiness resides with the R-Line trim’s exterior looks and new overall shape of the coupe-like proportions of the sloping roofline.

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Volkswagen has played on the idea of having a wide range of vehicles within its many sub-brands to cover just about every walk of life in America. With that, there are some shortcuts taken in the mainstream spectrum for vehicles like the new Jetta, which is mostly found in the interior. The Jetta’s interior is much improved with its proportions and space but retains a cheapened feel from an abundance of hard plastics. While the top of the dashboard is soft-touch, most other areas that your hands do not rest are of hard and dull-looking black plastics. Apart from the plastics is a decently laid out cabin and a welcomed touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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Retaining an affordable price while giving the masses what they desire in a compact sedan is no easy feat in today’s automotive world. However, Volkswagen continues to deliver on the value perspective with the newly redesigned Jetta. My Habanero Orange Metallic R-Line Jetta test vehicle came to a price of just $24,140, which includes an $850 destination charge.

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2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate FWD Review & Test Drive

Published on August 27, 2019, by in Automobile.

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2019 hyundai kona ultimate

After reviewing the all-new Hyundai Kona last year as a 2018 model, I was convinced that the Korean brand had found the magic pill for creating a well-rounded subcompact crossover vehicle. After winning the 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year award this year, the Hyundai Kona has garnered well-deserved recognition among the masses considering how much such a vehicle in a small package offers.

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The Hyundai Kona plays a secret hand in the games that have become exceptionally popular in America in the form of crossover utility vehicles. Such a vehicle is taking the place of subcompact cars and rightfully so when you factor in its versatility, unique good looks, exceptional warranty offering, surprising performance, and a long list of features and amenities for a respectable price.

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In my full review and test drive of the Kona last year, which remains unchanged for the 2019 model year with the exception of adding a couple feature sets to different trim levels and including more safety equipment as standard, it won me over. Granted, I had the top-level Ultimate trim as I do again to remind me how much of a well-put-together vehicle the Kona is.

All of my previous sentiments remain in my 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate review, which is identical to my recent time with the 2019 model year Kona Ultimate test vehicle. Most of all, the stand-out aspect of the Kona, apart from having a decent-sized list of included features, is the performance of the front-wheel-drive subcompact crossover. The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is a gem and feels more powerful than its stated 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Clearly, for lighthearted enthusiasts, the top-trim Kona Ultimate or Limited are the ones to get over the other trims that come equipped with the less-powerful 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque 4-cylinder engine.

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The FWD version of the Kona Ultimate with the more-powerful engine gets 28 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined, which is about 2 to 3 mpg more than the AWD version of the same vehicle.

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Having the chance to experience the front-wheel-drive version of the new Kona over the all-wheel-drive test vehicle of last year, it appears that both have lively drivetrains, but the front-wheel-drive seldom exhibits a bit more wheelspin than I would like. However, the wheelspin, somewhat contained by the stability and traction control, is not much of a deal-breaker considering you save a little money. My FWD Kona Ultimate test vehicle costs $28,605 versus the $29,775 price tag of the AWD version.

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In addition to this quick review, I welcome you to check out the full review of the new Hyundai Kona Ultimate here.

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2020 Nissan Juke video teaser

Published on August 23, 2019, by in Automobile.

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A  very quick European teaser for the all-new Nissan Juke.

Like someone commented on my previous Juke post, it actually doesn’t look “all-new”.

But it could be.

One thing is sure, the new Juke is not currently scheduled for the US.

But that might change. Anyone remembers when the Kicks was not scheduled for the US either?

Not that long ago…


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