Volkswagen Jetta Review

By Nishanth   |  May 15, 2013


Volkswagen Jetta, a premium car positioned in the saloon/sedan segment, by German automaker Volkswagen, is finally here in India. The Jetta has been marketed over five generations now. Volkswagen plans to manufacture the Jetta at its plant in Aurangabad, helping to keep the pricing competitive. The first generation of Jetta, called as the Volkswagen Atlantic, was introduced in the global markets in the 1979 Frankfurt Auto Show at the Wolfsburg plant in Mexico. Volkswagen currently sells a broad range of cars including the Fox, Phaeton, Passat, Jetta, the iconic New Beetle and the powerful SUV, Touareg, the Polo and the Vento in more than 150 countries across the world.

The Jetta will be positioned in the same category as the new Corolla Altis, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Laura and the new Renaults Fluence. The Jetta is available in 6 different colours such as Candy White, Reflex Silver Metallic, Toffee Brown Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Grey Metallic and Moon Rock Silver Metallic. The Volkswagen Jetta now gets a sleek new design and a very powerful engine complemented with all-round performance and comfort.

Volkswagen Jetta Review

Volkswagen Jetta Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The Jetta features two different types of engines out of which one is fueled by diesel and the other by petrol. The 2.0L 4-cylinder CRDi diesel engine has a maximum power output of 138 bhp @ 4200 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm. The 1.4L TSI petrol engine generates 120 bhp @ 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque @ 1500-4000 rpm. The Jetta features a 6-Speed Gear box and is available in both manual and automatic transmission options. The car is available in three variants: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

Volkswagen Jetta Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

Clean, simple and stylish lines coupled with large two piece taillights to give it an added flair, the Jetta features an L shaped stoplight, which is a prominent highlight. The Jetta can be aptly described as a sedan with clear precise lines and muscular surfaces, contributing to an image of timeless elegance and dynamic styling. Volkswagen offered the diesel model in India, due to high demand for diesel cars, subsequent to the fuel price hike in the country.

When compared to the old Jetta, the latest model of the car offers more comfort and space, thanks to his wider and longer frame, being 90 mm longer, at an even more competitive price.
The exterior of the Jetta features Navarra and Atlanta alloy wheels, 205/55 R 16 tyres, daytime running lights, rear fog lights, side turn signal lights integrated in exterior mirrors and dual exhaust pipes. The interior has been crafted to perfection, enabling a significantly more comfortable rear-seating arrangement, thanks to the extended wheelbase, with the wide, coupe-like rear window offering excellent visibility. The interior has been designed with leatherette seat upholstery with a leather package for steering wheel, gear shift knob and hand brake grip. Other interior features include front center armrest with storage box, storage compartments on headliner, rear AC vents for added comfort, an illuminated glove compartment which can be locked and 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 are sure to be well entertained with an RCD 510 touchscreen music system with CD player, aux-in and 8 speakers with 6 CD changers. Other comforts include cruise control, park distance with acoustic warning and display of front infotainment, Climatic air conditioner and front seat height adjustment and central display.

The Jetta has been crafted to offer high occupant safety, offering Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), 8 airbags, front seat belt with height adjustment and seat belt tensioner, central locking with 2 remote control folding keys, 3-point belt for centre rear seat, electronic engine immobilizer, engine and transmission guard and hill hold control among others.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    Comfortable rear seating arrangement. More economical than the old Jetta. Added comfort and safety features including Hill-hold feature.
  • Cons

    Cruise Control available only in top-end variants.