Another feature of the ESP is Trailer stabilisation - which requires activation by a Volkswagen Retailer when an approved towbar is fitted.
Safety and Security
The Volkswagen Jetta is equipped with disc brakes all round (ventilated at the front). Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Programme is also standard. This safety technology boasts counter steering support and trailer stabilisation, as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).
Put simply, the ESP can automatically sense any tendencies for the car to slide. In such a situation, the ESP will react by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels as well as adjust the engine’s power. With this technology, a skid can be detected and corrected before the driver is aware that a skid has happened. This can be particularly helpful during over- or understeer in a bend, where the ESP can help prevent the car skidding or even spinning off the road. Other situations where it will be beneficial are wet or icy conditions.
Another feature of the ESP is Trailer stabilisation - which requires activation by a Volkswagen Retailer when an approved towbar is fitted. If the trailer begins to yaw (snaking from side to side), the ESP control module will detect it, and automatically reduce or cut engine power as well as apply the brakes to appropriate wheels at the appropriate time to counter-act the snaking and to stabilise the vehicle and trailer. During this time, the brake lights are automatically illuminated without the need for the driver to press the brake pedal.
The Volkswagen Jetta’s safety package also features Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA). This system takes into account the speed at which the brake pedal is pressed; whether it is a normal braking procedure or an emergency stop. During an emergency stop, HBA will automatically increase the braking pressure and activate the ABS. As a result, stopping distances can be reduced by around 25%.
Comfort and Refinement
The interior of the cabin is well designed and finished to a high standard with good quality plastics and switchgear, reaffirming the high levels of workmanship.
The driver and passenger seating feels slightly awkward; as a driver, the seating position feels offset from the steering wheel, as if the seat is not centred to it and the pedals are close together. As a passenger, the position is similar, you feel very close to the centre console. Rear passengers will be comfortable, leg room is ample, and headroom poses no problems.
Technically, there is room for three passengers in the rear. However, if the middle passenger is an adult, their legroom is taken up by the extended centre console which protrudes into the rear space, so they will need to share the foot wells of the outer passengers.
Engine noise is on the whole, well taken care of, with some intrusion when accelerating. At cruising speeds, there is some wind and road noise, but again, it is nothing major, and doesn’t pose a huge problem.
As standard, the Volkswagen Jetta features semi-automatic climate control system known as Climatic. A dial control on the dash provides simple and easy control over the Climatic system to maintain the desired temperature automatically, regardless of the outside temperature.
Volkswagen Jetta Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.6 litre 105PS|
|Colour||Platinum Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|Transmission||5 Speed Manual|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||78.5 mpg|
|Insurance Group||13 E|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/06/11)||£19,530|