Volkswagen Jetta 103TDI Car Reviews NRMA Motoring & Services

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Volkswagen Jetta 103TDI Car Review

FIRST THOUGHTS: The Jetta combines solid construction, and a quality drive experience with plenty of room for a family of four.

The Volkswagen Jetta has been finalist several times at our annual Australia s Best Cars judging week and is a two-time class winner. And this iteration here is the best yet. You get to choose from a range of efficient engines, probably the best handling chassis in the class and plenty of room for a family.

Safety-wise, it s reassuring to know the Jetta scores a five-star ANCAP safety rating, has six airbags and a whole host of active safety systems. The model we re reviewing here is the 103 TDI Comfortline, the same spec car that, alongside its petrol-powered 118TSI sibling, was voted ABC s Best Medium Car.

Design

Has street presence in Comfortline spec

There are some that have knocked the Jetta for its conservative styling, but look closely, and long enough at the thing, and you begin to realize it s a perfect blend of Golf and Passat (although it doesn t share a single body panel with either model). But, in our test car s silver paint job, the Jetta actually looks quite muscular (and more than one person asked if it was a new Audi A4). Indeed, the Jetta definitely has street presence.

This look of quality has been mirrored on the inside of the Jetta, which, on the whole, looks and feels like a slightly more expensive car than it is. All of the controls are neatly laid out and easy to use on the fly, and everything you touch, bar the hard, scratchy plastic on the door, is of a high quality.

Drive

Impressive body control, steering, brakes and grip

This is where the Jetta shines, and this is where we apologise for our first drive opinion of it. On our road loop, which is a lot more demanding on a car than the one this car was launched on late last year, the Jetta really impressed. And that s not that surprising if you consider the chassis architecture is the same as a Golf (the Jetta has a longer wheelbase).

So, that means you get well-weighted and direct steering (and Kia/Hyundai; get your engineers to take a drive in a Jetta, it ll show you what s wrong with the steering in your medium-size cars), as well as excellent body control and impressive levels of grip. The ride is reassuringly firm, but it s supple enough to handle bumps and ruts in the road without rattling out your teeth. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel producing 103kW at 4200rpm and 320Nm from 1750rpm, and this is mated to a smooth (jerk-free) six-speed DSG.

And if you re confused by VW s use of six and seven-speed DSG it s because six-speed boxes work better in higher torque applications like diesel engines.

Comfort

Well-insulated cabin with compliant suspension

Clamber into the back of the Jetta and you really notice the longer wheelbase (as compared with a Golf), and backseat passengers get impressive foot and knee room as well as reasonable headroom (our 6ft3in video camerman sat in the back without drama). But, the back seats will really only take two passengers; the middle seat is best off being used for children as the transmission tunnel intrudes and obliterates foot room. The front seats are nice and comfortable (our test car was fitted with cost optional leather heated seats; standard fit is fabric seats), and because there s reach and rake on the steering wheel it s easy for drivers of all sizes to get comfortable behind the wheel.

Insulation is also pretty good with no wind noise, only minimal tyre roar on coarse bitumen, and some suspension noise on harder hits.


Practicality

Plenty of room in the front and back seats, big boot

Despite the low-slung look of the Jetta there s a surprising amount of room in the thing. Front seat passengers get 970mm of headroom and there s now, thanks to the longer wheelbase, 67mm more rear seat legroom than the old model Jetta. And headroom in the back is identical to its predecessor. There s a huge boot in the back with around 510 litres of storage space, and the load opening is reasonable, but so long is the boot (1092mm) that reaching right into it can be a bit tricky.

Fold down the 60/40 split-fold seats (they don t fold totally flat), and you can do this via a release lever in the boot and the load space grows to 1858mm long. There are three childseat-anchor points across, although you probably wouldn t want to use the middle seat (it would just be too hard to reach across – and a child seat in the middle would eliminate your rear vision).

Build Finish

Some minor trim issues, but a quality feel

On the whole the Jetta seems very well screwed together with quality plastics used and a seemingly high attention to detail in their fitment. Or at least there is everywhere except on the door linings, which feature hard scratchy plastics, and on our test car we found some misaligned plastic where the window up and down switches meet the door handle. That aside, all of the controls feel solid and the body tight, and no matter how hard the hit (through the suspension) there s no jiggle through the body.

And, if you need further proof of the Jetta s quality then look no further than the score it was given at our recent Australia s Best Car awards, it rated an 8/10 for Build and Finish.

Safety  Security

Five-star ANCAP safety rating

The Jetta comes standard, across the range, with six airbags and a five-star ANCAP safety rating. In terms of active safety equipment, the Jetta comes standard with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Hill-Start Assist, and Traction and Stability control. As far as security goes, the Jetta gets an engine immobiliser and an alarm system with interior monitoring and tilt sensor.

Ownership

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Not a great running and repair score, but fuel consumption is impressive

According to our Australia s Best Cars scoring the Jetta rates just 5/10 in terms of running and repair costs, and its three-year warranty is only industry average. The likes of Hyundai and Kia are offering five-year unlimited kilometre warranties. As far as fuel use goes, Volkswagen claims 5.5L/100km (combined) for the Jetta.

And that figure was borne out in our testing which returned a combined figure of 5.7L/100km (the highest we saw was 6.7L/100km). The Jetta is equipped with a 55-litre fuel tank, and so, you re looking at a theoretical range of nearly 1000km. Despite its relatively disappointing running and repair score, the Jetta should hold its value reasonably well.

Price Equipment

Well equipped for the money, and priced in the meat of the class

Priced from $34,990 (+ORC) the Jetta 103 TDI Comfortline, which is the mid-spec model (you can only get a diesel engine in the mid-spec car), gets, as standard, things like 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control (with dust and pollen filter), Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. It also gets steering wheel-mounted controls, six-way adjustable front seats, outside temperature with freeze warning, and heated electric wing mirrors with indicators, green-tinted and insulated glass. This puts the Jetta right in the meat of the medium car segment, and it line-balls the Hyundai i40 Tourer Active, undercuts the Mazda6 diesel, and the Ford Mondeo 2.0L turbo-diesel wagon, although the Jetta is undercut by the separated at birth Skoda Octavia 103 TDI.

Verdict

It s our Australia s Best Cars Best Medium Car winner…

The VW Jetta impresses with its rock-solid, class-leading drive experience and quality appearance. The pricing is just about right, the fuel consumption is good and there s plenty of room inside for a family of four. More than that, it was also rated a mere six points behind its 118 TSI Comfortline sibling (which won Australia s Best Cars Best Medium Car — 900 Vs 906, respectively), and miles ahead of the second-place getting Kia Optima on 880.

The Rivals

Hyundai i40 Tourer: $34,490; 100kW; 320Nm; 7.4L/100km

A slightly different type of car in that it s a wagon and not a sedan, but the pricing is right, although the Hyundai offers a better warranty and more interior space. On the downside, it isn t as attractive, and nor is it as good to drive.

Skoda Octavia 103TDI: $33,990; 103kW; 320Nm; 5.1L/100km

The Octavia needs a refresh but it still looks pretty sharp, and it runs the same mechanical architecture as the Jetta. Gets all of the same gear inside too, and its liftback is more practical. That said, it didn t rate as highly at Australia s Best Cars.

Ford Mondeo LX TDCi: $35,490; 120kW; 340Nm; 5.9L/100km

Another wagon so it s not a direct comparison, but it is roomy and offers good ride and handling with a grunty engine. The interior lacks the quality of the Jetta and it s not as quite or refined on the road.

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