Volkswagen has reconceptualised, restyled and redimensioned the Jetta – a car that has been successful on all continents (over 9.6 million units sold). Now measuring 4.64 metres in length (+ 9.0 cm) it is closing the gap between the Golf (4.20 metres) and Passat (4.77 metres) more precisely in Europe. Visually, the new Jetta has also fully separated itself from the compact class best-seller, the Golf; as a result, this saloon is as independent as an Eos or a Tiguan.
New saloon class
The 2011 Jetta is an ideal choice for all those car drivers who desire an impressively styled saloon whose comfort, safety and quality all rate at the highest levels. So far, the vehicles offered in this size and quality class have for the most part been significantly more expensive vehicles. Now the Jetta offers an alternative at an affordable price (from 20,900 euros). The Volkswagen shines with new TDI and TSI engines (top fuel economy: 4.2 l/100 km), efficient dual-clutch transmissions (DSG) and very spacious interior dimensions.
Success in the USA
With its new package, styling and technology concepts, the Jetta now has the potential to achieve successes in Europe similar to those in the USA. There, it is the most successful car of any European carmaker. Up to 110,000 vehicles from this model series are sold every year between New York and Los Angeles; Americans value the Jetta as a highly safe sporty saloon. It was for this reason that Volkswagen presented the new US version of the car at the centre of New York’s Times Square in June 2010.
Truths on both sides of the Atlantic
Never before has a Jetta been this sporty, this efficient or this large. Conceptually and stylistically, the saloon takes a giant leap forward. As mentioned, the saloon’s design is no longer derived from that of the Golf, rather it follows separate lines. Designers and engineers also completely recreated the interior. Thanks to the long wheelbase (2.65 metres) that was extended along with the car’s overall length, the rear seating area has gained significant length (an additional 6.7 cm of legroom).
Key data of pure efficiency
Tremendous advances were also made in the powertrain area. Consider the 1.6 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS: In the BlueMotion Technology version, this common rail turbodiesel only consumes 4.2 l/100 km (equivalent to 109 g/km CO2). Or take the example of the 1.2 TSI, which also outputs 77 kW / 105 PS and has BlueMotion Technology: The direct injection turbo petrol engine consumes just 5.3 l/100 km (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) – and this is a saloon with petrol engine that can accelerate to 190 km/h. As noted, the Trendline version of the Jetta 1.2 TSI costs 20,900 euros. The base price of the Jetta 1.6 TDI Trendline with BlueMotion Technology is 23,475 euros. Other power levels: a TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS and (following over the course of the year) three TSIs with 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. This means that the Jetta will be exclusively powered by state-of-the-art charged direct injection engines. All engines except the 105 PS TSI may be combined with an optional dual-clutch transmission (DSG).
Here’s where it starts
The Trendline equipment line is the entry level into the world of the Jetta. However, it is certainly not a base version in the classic sense of the word. When it comes to safety, for example, it offers six airbags (optionally eight), five crash-optimised head restraints (with special anti-whiplash design in front), daytime running lights, automatic seatbelt detection system, automatic hazard lights on hard braking, Hill Climb Assist, ABS with braking assistant and ESP with countersteering feature and trailer stabilisation. Exterior features of the Jetta Trendline include such details as 205 tyres on 16-inch steel wheels, electrically adjustable and heated door mirror with integrated indicators and green tinted insulating glass. Inside, the Jetta’s convenience features have been upgraded with details such as a climate control system (Climatic), dust and pollen filter, remote control central locking, electric windows all round, outside temperature indicator with frost warning, chrome bezels for air vents, multifunction display and height adjustable driver’s seat (fabric seat covers in “Cardeol” design).
The popular middle
The next level up, the Comfortline, starts at prices from 22,600 euros (Jetta 1.2 TSI with 77 kW / 105 PS). From the outside , this model is distinguished by such features as chrome accents on the radiator grille and 16-inch, 5-spoke “Navarra” alloy wheels. Inside, the Jetta Comfortline is upgraded by such details as storage pockets on the backs of the front seats, centre armrests (with storage compartment in front armrest), 8-way adjustment of the comfort seats (with fabric covers in “Sienna” design), fabric floor mats, RCD 210 Radio-CD system, a chrome pack (including rotary light switch and climate system control dials) and what is known as the small leather pack (steering wheel, gearshift grip and parking brake lever) as well as black accents (“Black Pyramid”). Also standard equipment: the Park Pilot assistance system (front and rear), lowering of the passenger side mirror for reversing, and four reading lamps (two in the front, two in the rear).
Bridge to the next class up
The Jetta’s most elegant equipment features are offered on the Highline version. It may be ordered in combination with TSI engines from 90 kW / 122 PS (base price: 24,575 euros) or any of the TDI power levels (base price for 77 kW / 105 PS: 25,875 euros). Outside, standard features beyond those of the Trendline and Comfortline include 17-inch alloy wheels ( “Porto” type with ten spokes), a chrome surround for the lower air intake, chrome trim under the side windows, a headlight cleaning system and front fog lights with cornering light.
In addition, the new Jetta is one of the most economical cars in its class in terms of cost of ownership. Consider the Jetta 1.2 TSI Trendline with 77 kW / 105 PS and BlueMotion Technology: Given fuel consumption of just 5.3 l/100 km, total costs for driving 15,000 kilometres per year, including fully comprehensive insurance (German classes: liability 17, full comprehensive 17, part comprehensive 20), motor vehicle tax, maintenance, replacement of parts subject to wear (e.g. tyres) and fuel costs amount to 17.7 cents per kilometre or 2,658 euros per year. That represents the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in the immediate competitive field.