Drive Volkswagen Jetta Review

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space and plenty of storage

brings more rear-seat

Huge boot

Impressive and low fuel use


Bland design

Cheap feel to

Some road noise

gearbox grumbles

When shopping Volkswagens, Skodas or some Audis, you’re to find plenty of commonality.

The new Volkswagen Jetta sedan is It is an amalgam of familiar drivetrain, and interior components used the Volkswagen Group. At least the sheetmetal is its own, albeit of the blandest you will see on the road.

Price and equipment

The previous was little more than a with a boot, which it was a good car but undersized for its intended as a rival for the likes of the Toyota and Mazda6.

This new car addresses with a wheelbase stretched by 55 and a 190mm longer body makes it a bona fide contender.

Volkswagen Australia has rearranged the Jetta line-up and lowered entry pricing in of stronger sales.

Here testing the only turbo model, the 103TDI Comfortline, at $34,990 (plus on-road and costs) is the second most Jetta. Below it are three of the 118TSI 1.4-litre »twincharger» and supercharged) petrol, starting $26,490. Above it sits the 147TSI flagship.

Standard Comfortline equipment alloy wheels, dual-zone control, cruise control, MP3 compatibility, AUX and USB inputs.

Safety includes six airbags (no sign of the knee airbag), stability hill-start assist, lap-sash belts and adjustable headrests for all rear parking sensors and a monitor. The Jetta achieves a five-star Euro NCAP

Under the bonnet

The combination of turbo diesel engine and dual-clutch transmission spreads through much of Volkswagen’s of vehicles, including luxury Audi and cheap Czech

The engine produces 103kW and delivering without lag or clatter and a willingness to rev out to the 5000rpm redline high for a diesel. There’s need to hit those giddy in normal driving; at 100km/h in top the engine spins at just

The self-shifting gearbox is still not the of a traditional single-clutch auto at low but once above walking it is very smooth. Operated in mode, the shift quality is

Importantly, the Jetta TDI also excellent fuel economy. The is 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres and we achieved

How it drives

If the Jetta is a Camry then the comparison is one-sided it comes to driving behaviour. The VW is ahead.

The ride is disciplined yet the handling reliable — by a sensitively tuned stability-control — and the electro-mechanical steering is weighted and responsive.

There are issues: the steering can kick on a mid-corner bump, the front and rear independent systems bang loudly on potholes. Road noise tyre, wind or gravel — makes itself

But around the city, country or freeways, the Jetta is versatile and enough to adapt to conditions

Comfort and practicality

If you have recent VW interiors then centre stack combination of media screen and airconditioning is instantly familiar — as is the instrument panel.

There is shiny faux metal and there and a bright VW badge on the steering wheel. But mainly dark and lacks some For instance, there is no roller for the dual cupholder and the Golf’s bottle opener is absent.

Built in Mexico, the Jetta has uneven trim heights and in the cabin. However, overall quality seems good.

comfort is impressive. That in the rear especially, where the stretch has liberated enough to fit two adults comfortably. Adjustable vents and a fold-down armrest cupholders make it all the more

The boot is a massive 510 litres, significantly with the bench

Our test car came fitted optional, supportive leather seats. The steering wheel reach and rake adjustment and is a driver’s foot rest.

storage includes pockets in door, a chilled glovebox, seat-back pockets, a lidded bin and a storage tray under the passenger seat.


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HOW MUCH? From plus on-road and dealer

ENGINE 2.0-litre turbo 4-cyl; 120kW/340Nm; 6-sp auto; 5.9L/100km and 157g/km FWD

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