After one American-market orientated four-door, comes another, with a little less power than yesterday’s Dodge. The Volkswagen Jetta often gets a raw deal in the UK, being seen – unfairly – as the poor relation of the Golf, with resulting landslide-like depreciation. But, as two EngageSportMode contributors will attest, it’s a hugely underrated car. Will the latest revised version do anything to change the Jetta’s reputation?
Volkswagen isn’t exactly known for radical mid-lifecycle facelifts (see the New Polo for example) but the revised Jetta must surely be one of the subtlest in a long time. We’re not lying when we said we had to double-check that it’s definitely a new car in these photos, because even we were struggling to spot the differences.
Aimed at making the Jetta more aerodynamically efficient – by some 10% in fact – the reprofiled bumper and new grille are the changes up front. At the back, a new boot lid incorporates a somewhat Audi-like lip spoiler, which continues down into the wings. Updated tail lights and tweaked rear bumper complete the minor cosmetic update.
Inside… well. There’s new steering wheel designs!! Oh, and don’t forget updated trim and upholstery options; please contain your excitement. Unfortunately Volkswagen haven’t released pictures of the interior, so you’ll have to stay in suspense for now.
Ignoring the S and SE spec cars, the most ESM model of the range is the GT. Available with 150 PS 1.4 litre TSI petrol, or 2.0 litre TDI diesel in 110 and 150 PS flavours, it also gets 15mm lower suspension, 17″ ‘Lancaster” alloy wheels and front fog lights. Interior kit is impressive, with front sports seats, automatic headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, tinted rear glass, a colour multifunction trip computer, driver alert system and ambient interior lighting coming as standard.
The Jetta also comfortably undercuts the equivalent Golf GT model. Take the 1.4 TSI with a manual gearbox for example. A five-door Golf is£23,650 OTR, whilst the Jetta is just £21,715; a £1,935 saving. It’s the same story with the top of the range 150PS 2.0 TDI DSG model; £25,570 for the five-door hatchback, but only £24,715 for the saloon.
So it’s simple – buy a Jetta now, so EngageSportMode contributors can own it in three years time. You’ll also save money compared to buying a Golf, so everybody wins! Place your order now, and you could have it by the end of the year. We’d like to say we’ll get a chance to check out the new Jetta from behind the wheel, but Volkswagen UK doesn’t want to play with us at the minute. Perhaps we’ll test one in its USA target market later in the year…