Volkswagen Jetta, a premium car positioned in the sedan segment by German automaker Volkswagen, has had a facelift and the new version is here in India. The Jetta has been marketed over five generations now. Volkswagen will manufacture the Jetta at its plant in Aurangabad helping to keep the pricing competitive. The Jetta will be positioned in the same category as the new Corolla Altis, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Octavia. The Jetta is available in 6 different colours such as Candy White, Reflex Silver, Toffee Brown, Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Grey and Blue Silk. The Volkswagen Jetta now gets a sleek new design and a very powerful engine complemented with all-round performance and comfort.
Powertrain & Performance
The new face-lifted Jetta features two different engines which have been carried over from its predecessor. The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine has a maximum power output of 138 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm. The 1.4 litre TFSI petrol engine generates 120 bhp and 200 Nm of torque @ 1500-4000 rpm. Buyers of the new Jetta can select between a 6 speed manual gearbox or a 6 speed, double clutch DSG automatic transmission. The car is available in three basic variants: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Jetta feels solid to drive and its road behavior encourages you to put your foot down. VW has not brought in its engines with higher power output like some other vehicles within the VW family itself have, such as the new Skoda Octavia.
Build & Styling
Clean, simple and stylish lines coupled with large two piece taillights to give it an added flair, the Jetta features an updated taillamp and LED daytime running lights within the headlamp clusters, which is a prominent addition. The front of the car, including the grille, bonnet, bumper and air dam, has been restyled slightly. This new Jetta offers the same USP of interior comfort and space at a pretty competitive price.
The exterior of the Jetta features 16 inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear fog lights, side turn signal lights integrated in exterior mirrors and dual exhaust pipes. The interior has been crafted beautifully, with its wood paneling and new multifunction steering wheel and best of all is its superb quality. Other interior features include front center armrest with storage box, storage compartments on the headliner, rear AC vents for added comfort, an illuminated glove compartment which can be locked and a multi-function display. The driver of this car is sure to be extremely comfortable as he will have access to a 12-way electrically adjustable seat. Music lovers will be well entertained with a touchscreen music system with a CD player, aux-in, bluetooth and USB support and 8 speakers. Other comforts include cruise control, park distance control with acoustic warning and display on the infotainment screen, dual zone climate control and front seat height adjustment.
The Jetta has been crafted to offer high occupant safety, offering a fatigue detection feature, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), 6 airbags, traction control, electronic differential lock, electronic engine immobilizer, engine and transmission guards and hill hold assist, among others.
The VW Jetta has always been a fantastically capable car and with its refreshed looks, it continues to be so. The company could have added a few more features and brought in some engines with more power into the line-up but apart from these almost insignificant foibles, the Jetta still remains one of the best cars in its segment.