Originally Posted by swizzle
The #1 issue with VW is their character: lack of build quality, poor reliability, poor durability, and sky high cost of repair. The Jetta may be more fun to drive, but the Corolla won't piss you off 24-7 with trips to the dealer for repairs.
VWs have "character" like Alfa Romeos have "character".
I'd say the character is very different, and many would agree, but - in my experience, reliability is an issue with both (in my ownership experience though, a VW is leader of the lemons ;) )
That said, why would a Corolla want to look like a Jetta? I'd say the Jetta looks bland as well, just a different bland, and honestly, these cars need to look a bit bland to sell to different tastes.
Inside the Jetta looks and feels very cheap (just look at those door panels, e.g., or the amount of body colored metal visible on the doors), and the vast stretches of hard plastic on the dash (where the Corolla at least has stitched leatherette, that is a bit soft. Certainly there no one should follow the Jetta.
And driving pleasure, well, if there are any differences that the vast majority of drivers can feel or experience, is certainly also not top of the list, compared to stuff like reliability and long term quality, for the typical customer of a c-segment sedan.