The medium-sized Volkswagen Jetta just keeps getting better and better. Often overlooked as “dull”, the latest Jetta is anything but, setting new standards in the medium sector. And it oozes quality writes Ian Strachan.
The Jetta is undoubtedly conservative in its design, but this is a car that knows its market and deserves a closer look. With a high boot, deep grille, sleek profile and classy trim details it has understated style.
You only have to get in the car to realise that this Jetta is all about quality and refinement combined with value-for-money reliable motoring.
That’s not to mention performance. I test drove ultra-economical Jetta SE BlueMotion with the excellent 110 horsepower 2.0 litre diesel engine, which has all the power you need while being quiet and very economical. Its penny pinching fuel consumption is helped by a slick, nicely sprung five speed manual gearbox. It’s one of the few five-speed setups that never feels as if it needs that sixth cog.
The smooth and refined engine lacks for nothing and delivers power pleasantly. This is an enjoyable car to drive, and it can still return an impressive 70.6 mpg in mixed driving.
Handling is excellent and the car feels rigid and stable even when being pushed hard around corners. Road holding is sure footed and the ride is comfortable in the extreme.
Inside, the car is roomy and well laid out, with comfortable, easy to adjust seats. My test car had grey cloth seats and grey and black trim, making it feel a little austere, but that apart there has been a lot of attention to detail with controls which fall easily to hand, semi-automatic air conditioning, all round electric windows, powered and heated door mirrors, cruise control and hill-hold function.
The boot is huge with more than enough height and depth and a lid which opens fully upright to make loading easier. There’s also plenty of storage space around the cabin.
Standard features include very nice 16” alloys, ABS with hydraulic brake assist, electronic differential lock and traction control, alarm and immobiliser, and all round airbags. My test car was fitted with a navigation system with CD/MP3 player and DAB radio with touch-screen controls and multimedia inputs at an extra £525, as well as a front and rear parking sensor pack at £465 and platinum grey metallic paint at £540. It was also fitted with a £230 convenience pack which includes automatic-dimming mirror, foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, automatic headlights and rain sensor..
This is a thoughtfully put together package. It looks good and will give you comfortable and effortless business travelling. And it’s good value at £21,425 on the road.