2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL - Got Luggage?

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Remember the last time you wanted to load up four adults and their attendant three full size suitcases into the family sedan for the week-long trip to visit the long lost relatives in Indiana, Ohio or Iowa (throwing in Wisconsin and Michigan so as not to offend)? Or that time you volunteered to take the folks to O'Hare for their month long trip to Europe?

You tried and tried to squeeze and bend still and couldn't possibly come up with a configuration that would fit everything into the trunk.  And...no cheating...you can't load a suitcase in the passenger compartment, nor can you keep the lid open with rope or bungy cords to keep the luggage in place.

So you had to call your local Enterprise car rental location to arrange for a fuel slurping SUV or Minivan.

Well, at least the Volk (People) at Volkswagen (People Car maker), offer a sizeable compact [by EPA interior volume standards] family car option for you.

It's the 2011 VW Jetta.

Displacing a whopping 15.5 cubic feet of volume the compact Jetta sedan trunk rivals those in several mid-size luxury cars. Even a full size spare resides under the cargo floor together with a reflective road hazard warning triangle. The unique shock and coil spring hinges allows the lid to waft open. Given a generous opening, three (3) full size cases + a carry-on (or two) squeeze inside the 2011 Jetta cargo compartment.

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta starts at $15,900 - with a well optioned 2.5L gas I-5 powered Jetta SEL automatic model ringing the $24,000 bell. While not as cutting-edge Euro styled as it's predecessor, the VW Jetta still musters enough oomph and manages a sublime for class ride to make those Interstate family trips to visit out-of-town relatives tolerable and the jaunts to O'Hare more frequent.

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