2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
VW wants to celebrate the USA successes of the Jetta with the new 1.6 model in Germany. A new styling including more dynamism should guarantee a new beginning in the local area.
Most VW models stand for success stories. The Jetta is different - at least in Germany. Backpack golf is a big hit abroad. In this country, however, it stands for crawling traffic and toilet roll on the hat shelf. Everything should be different with the new Jetta.
In Germany, the gap widened widely in the 80s. The Golf became a mega-seller, hardly anyone was interested in the Jetta - at least by VW standards. The name change in the course of the Golf IV era did not change anything. Jetta became Bora, the rest stayed the same.
The current fifth generation Golf now has a brother who loves to travel. It's called Jetta again and has been on the US market since spring. In North America, the Jetta was the most successful car from Europe for years. No thought of Beetle, Golf / Rabbit and Co. The US customer likes limousines - like the Jetta. In some cases, things are no different in southern Europe. Here, too, the notchback Golf has had significantly more fans than in Germany for years.
Golf styling front
But the new Jetta wants to make a fresh start, especially in Germany. Visually independent and a bit more dynamic than before: Everything has somehow been heard from marketing strategists, but it doesn't seem to have been made out of thin air. The front is presented entirely in golf styling. A prestigious metal clasp around the radiator grille is intended to generate independence and elegance.
Front and front end are largely identical to the Golf up to the B-pillar. A new car starts here. At first glance a Passat; a second look shows small but subtle differences.
While the standard Golf is 4.20 m long, the Jetta offers significantly larger dimensions thanks to its trunk. The luggage compartment benefits from the length of 4.55 m. The wheelbase is unchanged compared to the Golf at 2.58 m. Unfortunately, the trunk lid does not swing open by pressing a button on the dashboard, but it squeezes a decent 527 liters. They are also pleasantly easy to load through the hatch.
Successful processing in the interior
If that's not enough, you can fold down the rear seats in a 40:60 ratio in just two steps. The interior has the familiar golf look. A tad too boring, but everything processed convincingly and successfully placed. Here is also the new Jetta reference class. If you didn't know better, you could be sitting in a Golf.
The space is good in the front and back, as is the driving comfort. Precise steering, smooth manual transmission and a well-balanced chassis - that's the Jetta of the year 2005. Its predecessors were anything but bad, but families in particular should definitely make a detour to the Jetta before buying their next Golf or Passat.
Solid driving operation
The engine range is known. Even the base model Jetts 1.6 makes a coherent impression despite its manageable 102 hp. 148 Nm torque and a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.2 seconds are not the world, but just like 186 km / h top not bad values. In driving operation, the Jetta is solid despite an unladen weight of almost 1.4 tons. Fast overtaking maneuvers should be planned carefully, otherwise it will be too tight. But as an economical gasoline variant, the 1.6-liter engine (average consumption 7.6 liters per 100 km) is not a bad choice.
After all, the Jetta audience shouldn't soar to juvenile heights overnight. Anyone who does not use diesel has a solid base engine. The chassis is hardly inferior to that of the Golf; and that's not a bad thing. Despite the additional mass, the rear is anything but sluggish.
So there is hardly any reason why a Jetta could not become a successful model in Germany too. The sparsely equipped basic model Jetta 1.6 Trendline costs 18,950 euros, the better Comfortline 1000 euros extra. That is around 2300 euros more than a Golf and almost 3000 euros cheaper than an identically motorized Passat.
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