2020 Volkswagen Jetta review: Spacious and mature, but hardly exciting

The Jetta’s styling is clean and simple.


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Cars don’t get much more middle-of-the-road than the Volkswagen Jetta. Mature looking and spacious inside, it’s as sensible as a pair of sweatpants, if not quite as comfortable. 

Like

  • Excellent real-world fuel economy
  • Spacious backseat and trunk
  • Solid infotainment system

Don’t Like

  • Occasional low-speed stumble
  • Engine gets winded easily
  • Park-bench front seats

The Jetta migrated to VW’s ubiquitous MQB architecture last year, a platform that underpins a huge range of vehicles in the Volkswagen Group automotive empire, from the Golf hatchback to various Audis, Seats, Škodas and more. This foundational shift allowed engineers to give the car a longer wheelbase, plus increase its width and height, all while reducing the front overhang for more attractive proportions, though the grille… yeah, it’s got a lot of grille.

Aside from better looks, these changes also increased cabin space. Passenger volume now clocks in at 94.7 cubic feet, while the trunk measures a generous 14.1. This means the Jetta is roomier than the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 sedan, though the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra are slightly more capacious according to the spec sheets, but in normal use you’re not likely to notice

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Will you receive the full $1,200 stimulus check? Not necessarily. Here’s where things stand

If a second stimulus check heads your way, could you get the full $1,200 amount?


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Heading into the second week of debate over another economic relief package, one item both parties agree on is a second stimulus check worth up to $1,200. “There’s enormous bipartisan support” for a second payment, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

But that’s no guarantee you’ll get the full amount of the stimulus check. You could get less than the $1,200 cap. Or, depending on the bill’s final eligibility requirements, your family could receive an even larger amount than they did with first stimulus payment.

While the Republican-backed HEALS Act would offer some families an additional $500 for dependents who were skipped the first time, the Democratic-led House of Representatives and President Donald Trump have each proposed that more people qualify, with a higher threshold of stimulus money per family. It isn’t likely at this stage of the negotiation, which lawmakers want to conclude by Friday. 

What does all this mean for the size of your stimulus check? How much money could your family get with the next payment? Read on for everything we know

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Ring’s second-gen Video Doorbell delivers better image quality and costs just $100

Ring has finally updated its original Video Doorbell with 1080p HD live streaming (up from 720p in the original model), crisper night vision and more customizable motion zones. It *is* better than the 2014 doorbell, but this $100 second-gen Ring Video Doorbell retains the most annoying thing about the original — you have to remove the entire doorbell to charge it. 

Like

  • It costs $100
  • Improved specs and performance

Don’t Like

  • The battery isn’t removable

Fortunately, you can hardwire this model, too, and if that’s your plan, this new Ring doorbell is a reasonable option. If you need to go the battery-powered route, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth having a several-hour gap in video monitoring while your doorbell charges inside — or make clever use of extension cables so the doorbell can charge outside and continue to keep an eye on things. Ring sells a $50 Solar Charger if your doorbell is installed in a place with direct light, to mitigate some of the limitations of the battery. 

While Ring’s second-gen Video Doorbell is a clear improvement over the original, it isn’t enough to appeal broadly to potential buyers. Folks looking for an affordable hardwired doorbell should consider

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