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2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI - Test Drive & Review - Ontario Volkswagen


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The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was the center of attention in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California during Ontario Volkswagen’s recent Jetta Launch Party. Yiwen Tang, who’s originally from China but is now an Ontario resident, took the new Jetta for a test drive and shared his review with us in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.


Recording date – April 24, 2018 in Ontario, CA

Yiwen Tang: It’s a fun car. The car feels way more roomy. Driving the car, the experience was awesome. The car was shifting like you’re sitting on a cloud.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. I’m Tom Smith and today we are at the Ontario Volkswagen Jetta launch party. We are celebrating the 2019 all new Jetta, and Yiwen Tang is with me, he’s originally from China, where do you live now?

Yiwen Tang: I live in Ontario.

Tom Smith: Right here in Ontario.

Yiwen Tang: Right here.

Tom Smith: And he just got done with a test drive. Yiwen, what did you think about the new Jetta?

Yiwen Tang: It’s a fun car. It’s got the brand-new design. In general the car feels way more roomy. It’s a lot bigger and I heard the price is not gonna be that high either.

Tom Smith: It’s actually, and it depends on how you get it equipped, but it’s actually right about the same pricing, from what I understand, as its predecessor, which is incredible, because usually they’re, they get bumped up in price.

Yiwen Tang: Right, usually they step it up a little bit. Driving the car, in regular drive, regular automatic drive, the experience was awesome. I literally had the pedal to the metal.

Tom Smith: Pedal to the medal on a test drive.

Yiwen Tang: Exactly. On regular automatic, and the car was shifting like you’re sitting on a cloud.

Tom Smith: It is real smooth shifting, isn’t it?

Yiwen Tang: It was so smooth. And the only time you’re gonna get a kick is when you kick into sport automatic.

Tom Smith: Yep.

Yiwen Tang: And when you drive it into manual, that’s when the car gets a bit more fun.

Tom Smith: Okay. And you already talked a little bit about the styling, loved that. The handling; I thought it was smooth as silk too, right? Taking a corner is like “woo!”

Yiwen Tang: It, yeah, handling is definitely really, really, really nice.

Tom Smith: Okay. And what about the technology, innovation in the vehicle?

Yiwen Tang: I mean, the dash looks like it’s coming out of a R8. The dash literally looked like the R8, the dash in the R8.

Tom Smith: That’s a big statement. Big statement.

Yiwen Tang: It is, but that’s exactly, it’s almost exactly how the dash inside the R8 works when it first came out.

Tom Smith: And this car’s price difference form the R8 is … about $100,000?

Yiwen Tang: $100,000, right. It’s about a house.

Tom Smith: Alright, excellent. So one of the things that we do with the vehicle reviews that we do on iDriveSoCal is identify the top three things. I’m gonna put you on the spot, I don’t know if you can identify top three things right now, that you liked about the Jetta, but if so, hit me.

Yiwen Tang: The first thing I liked is, seriously, just the driving experience. I’m not sure if you guys put a new transmission inside, but the way the car drives and shifts, that’s the number one thing. Especially for its class. And then there is the interior.

Tom Smith: Yep.

Yiwen Tang: And then the third thing I would say is the responsive, how quickly the … car computer responds. Like if you stepped inside a BMW a couple years ago, you went inside their computer, and it takes a couple seconds for it to react. This one, it’s the base model from Volkswagen. It’s a Jetta. It responds very quickly. It literally responds like you’re clicking … google chrome on the computer a couple years ago, before internet explorer stepped their game up. But yeah, the car is very nice, but that was the three things I liked about the car the most.

Tom Smith: Anything else you want to mention about the 2019 all new Volkswagen Jetta here from our friends at Ontario Volkswagen?

Yiwen Tang: Get one.

Tom Smith: Get one. Nice. Alright. Thank you Yiwen for joining me here on iDriveSoCal. I’m Tom Smith at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California. Until next time, thanks for listening.

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