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Re: Stick it to The Man: Cars that still offer a manual transmission in 2016

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:23 am
by potownrob
Rope-Pusher wrote:Volkswagen Jetta essentials: A manual makes everything better
Our Opinion: How many Jetta shoppers will take theirs with a manual transmission? Not many, I’d venture, but this is a perfect example of how a stick can liven up what is fundamentally sound-but-basic transportation. It’s simple and slow, sure, but it’s fun!

At first glance, this is a risky powertrain setup: A teeny, downsized inline-four turbo and a five-speed (a five-speed!) manual transmission. But the most surprising part about this combo is how un-stressed it feels.

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from what i've heard, the 1.4 turbo is a decent engine, and gets better mpgs than the 1.8 turbo. i hear (as with the 1.8 turbo) that the gearing is odd for the 1.4 with the manual, though. too bad they don't still offer the sport model with the manual - that one had most of the features of the se (plus two-tone seats, 6 speakers and navi!!) but with nicer wheels, FAHGLEITZ and the 1.8 turbo.