Volkswagen Jetta Road Test

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Volkswagen Jetta Review

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The Volkswagen Jetta is synonymous with the American market. It has long been an important car for the US, accounting for 110,000 sales a year. In the UK, it has a much smaller following, but given the new model, it would be no surprise to see that change.

An upgrade to a fully automatic 2Zone electronic climate control is available for all models. This system allows both the driver and front passenger to specify individual temperatures - we are told that the two separate temperatures are maintained to the accuracy of one degree. The system will also take into account and compensate for direct sunlight penetration into the cabin.

A nice touch is that when the reverse gear is engaged or when the windscreen washer jets are used, the system will automatically switch to re-circulating air mode, in order to prevent the smell of exhaust fumes or windscreen wash from entering the cabin.

Infotainment

Our test car was equipped with the standard RCD 310 stereo, which can be operated via steering wheel mounted controls and features an MP3 compatible CD player and eight speakers, alongside a 3.5mm auxiliary input, to allow for connections to devices such as iPhones or iPods. The unit is perfectly serviceable, although it would be nice to see USB connectivity for iPods and iPhones in order to control them from the steering wheel controls.

An upgrade is available, in the form of the RNS 310 touchscreen Satellite Navigation system, which comes with a five inch touchscreen to provide simple and quick control over the system. It also features a CD drive for a navigation disc or audio CDs, as well as an integrated SD card slot to retrieve music files and a 3.5mm auxiliary socket.

Also available is the RNS 510 Satellite Navigation system, which boasts a larger 6.5 inch touchscreen as well as integrated voice control, which will respond to commands for controlling navigation, CD and radio functions. An internal 30GB hard drive can be used to store navigation software as well as music which can be transferred via an SD card reader mounted in the front of the unit. Driving routes can be recorded during driving and then re-traced by following guidance provided by the stored waypoints.

Rivals
  • Mazda3 Saloon
  • Peugeot 508
  • Renault Megane Saloon
  • Toyota Avensis
  • Volvo S40
What We Liked
  • Boot space
  • Build quality
  • High level of standard specification
  • Exterior design and interior styling
  • Excellent boot space
What We Disliked
  • Driving position
What We'd Like to See
  • Auto air conditioning as standard across the range
  • iPod / iPhone compatibility
Conclusion

The Volkswagen Jetta is synonymous with the American market. It has long been an important car for the US, accounting for 110,000 sales a year. In the UK, it has a much smaller following, but given the new model, it would be no surprise to see that change.

Compared to its rivals, the Volkswagen Jetta offers a great deal of standard specification for your money, and it sits somewhat on its own in terms of its combination of pricing and luxury. There is also the benefit of Volkswagen’s workmanship and status.

If you mainly use your car for commuting, then the Volkswagen Jetta deserves some consideration. There are some downsides as we have covered, but none should be enough to cause the Jetta to be overlooked.

20 June 2011 Staff
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Volkswagen Jetta Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Jetta SE 1.6 litre 105PS
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourPlatinum Grey Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.7 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission5 Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban54.3 mpg
Extra Urban78.5 mpg
Combined67.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group13 E
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 20/06/11)£19,530

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