Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen Jetta

How It Drove - Ride/Handling

The Volkswagen Jetta features a strut-type suspension with coil springs and telescoping shock absorbers at the front, whilst the rear utilises a multi-link system with independent wheel suspension.

This set up seems most suited to cruising speeds and straight roads, where potholes and bumps are mostly dealt with in comfort.

The electro-mechanical power steering system varies the feel and weight of the steering, depending on speed and driving conditions. Generally, as the speed increases, so does the firmness and direct feel of the steering. In theory, this is a very helpful system, as it allows for more direct control when driving with a bit more enthusiasm, and when it is time to park in town, the steering will be lighter and easier to control. In practice, for manoeuvres and town driving it is excellent, with the light steering allowing us to quickly and effortlessly get into tight spaces. When we took the car out of town with a bit more speed, we found the steering lacks weight, and so it is liable to slight oversteer. Pushing the Volkswagen Jetta around corners, body roll becomes more apparent, the suspension feels soft and loses composure.

Ease of Use

For the less nimble, entering the Volkswagen Jetta can be little awkward due to an unfortunate combination of high sills and deep foot wells, meaning you step down into the car. Access for rear passengers however, is excellent; the rear doors open extremely wide, providing ample access for rear passengers to get in and out.

All round vision is uncompromised and on the whole very good, although ideally, the wing mirrors could be a bit bigger.

The Volkswagen Jetta comes with Hill Hold Assist as standard. If you have never experienced such technology, it automatically applies the parking brake for around two seconds when the car has stopped, meaning if you are pulling away on a hill, you won’t roll down it, so it’s great for safety as well as removing worry about hill starts.

An optional parking sensor pack is available for the Jetta, which utilises front and rear ultrasonic sensors. It will also adjust the passenger door mirror when reverse gear is engaged, which allows you to ensure the car is close enough to the kerb without damaging the wheels.

The boot lid (510-litre boot) can be opened by remote control.  The boot space is well disguised from the outside and it came as a surprise how much space is available and how well designed the space is. There is a substantial lip to lift luggage over and down into the space, but it’s a worthy sacrifice for how much space is provided. Underneath the false floor of the boot is a full-size spare wheel, which is preferable to the space saver wheels which are becoming more common place. The rear seats - complete with ski hatch - fold down in the normal 60/40 configuration.

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