VW Jetta

VW Jetta

  • Pros

    ? Good value for money. New models are big, roomy and luxurious.

  • Cons

    ? Uninspiring interior and weak performance on older models. Unoriginal Golf inspired shape.


    The Jetta is a four-door saloon version of the VW Golf designed mainly for the US market which historically has bought more saloons than the much more Hatchback friendly European market. It was a successful move for VW as the Jetta became the best-selling European car in North America, including Canada. Since the original version was launched in 1980 the Jetta has grown in size, power and performance with each new version. By the mid 1990s a successful redesign built on the less than powerful earlier models and quickly established Jetta as a number one choice in the compact saloon market with a wide range of diesel, estate and sports versions on offer. The 2005 onwards fifth-generation model was much larger still, making the Jetta an increasingly popular mid luxury saloon and transforming it into more of a midsize car than a compact vehicle. From this point onwards Jetta also became a standardized badge across Europe, as well as America, the Jetta replacing the Bora in the UK.

    Jetta Explained

    While VW has made Jettas since 1979 - in 1992 it decided to re-brand the car for the European market as a Vento. This had a disastrous effect on sales. A further re-brand in Europe occurred in 1999. This time the Jetta was re-launched as a VW Bora. 2006 saw the return of the more standardised Jetta. To add to the confusion both the current and previous-generation Jettas were being made in Mexico. The reason for this is VW often likes to maintain two generations of a vehicle in production while the old version is still an attractive alternative for some.

  • Fifth Generation VW Jetta


    Over 6.5 million of the Jetta?s predecessors had been sold worldwide when the Jetta update was launched in the UK. At the start of 2006 it replaced the Bora and signalled the revival of the Jetta in Europe. This was also a step by VW to introduce a worldwide, uniform name for its mid saloon range, using the one already used in the USA. By now the Jetta was VW?s best-selling car and the best-selling overall European car in the US so to prevent confusion the name was standardised. The modern Jetta?s main design feature is its distinctive chrome grille, whose ?V? shape echoes those already seen on the Golf GTI and new Passat. The rear end also reflects current Volkswagen design themes, and features fast-acting LED lights. The Jetta is a larger vehicle than the Bora that it will replace, for greater presence and improved interior space. At 4.56 m long, it has also grown by 18.2 cm, while width has increased by 2.5 cm. The height has also increased by 1.5 cm to 1.46 m, while the wheelbase is 6.5 cm longer than before, at 2.58 m. The luggage area has also increased in size, now offering 527 litres of space ? 72 litres more than the Bora. For extra flexibility, the 60/40 split rear back-rest can be folded forwards to form an almost flat floor up to the front seats. The new Jetta was offered with a choice of five engines ? three petrol and two diesel. [P]

    • 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS
    • 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS
    • 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS
    • 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS
    • 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
    [P]Both diesel engines came with Volkswagen?s pioneering DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) system. As with other recent Volkswagens, the new Jetta featured multi-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical power steering for more dynamic handling.

  • 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 SE FSI

    Engine 1984cc, four cylinders

    Power 148bhp @ 6000rpm

    Torque 147 lb ft @ 3500rpm

    Transmission Six-speed manual

    Fuel 34.4mpg (combined cycle)

    CO2 197g/km

    Acceleration 0-62mph: 9.2sec

    Top speed 131mph

  • 2007 VW Jetta

    [P}The Jetta re-designed with a more sporting look and packed full of extras and features, a choice of six engines and refined TSI engine technology. This is the best Jetta yet.[/P]
  • 2007 VW Jetta Sport 2.0L TDI

    ? Performance Specification

    • 1968cc
    • 46.3mpg - 6.1l/100km Combined Fuel Consumption
    • 127mph - 205km/h max Speed
    • Engine acceleration 0-62mph9.7secs
    • 9 Insurance group rating
  • 2007 VW Jetta

    Standard Specification

    3 rear head restraints

    ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

    Alarm with interior protection

    Automatic boot opening

    3 rear three-point seat belts

    Body-coloured door handles

    Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror

    Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function

    Body-coloured bumpers and bumper strips

    Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology

    Chrome plated gear knob surround, glovebox handle and handbrake button

    Brake pad wear indicator

    Cup holder, front x 2, rear x 1 (for 1.0 litre bottles)

    Chrome-plated radiator grille surround

    Disc brakes, front and rear (front ventilated)

    Curtain airbag system, for front and rear passengers

    Door side impact protection

    Dust and pollen filter

    Driver's and front passenger's airbags with passenger's airbag deactivation switch

    Exterior temperature gauge

    Air conditioning, 'Climatic' semi-automatic control

    Front footwell illumination

    Dusk sensor, automatic driving lights

    Driver's and front passenger's WOKS (whiplash optimised head restraints)

    Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors

    Remote central locking with 2 folding keys

    High level 3rd brake light

    Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

    Split folding rear seat backrests 60:40

    Storage compartment in roof console

    Heated rear window with timer deactivation

    Instrument lighting, blue adjustable panel illumination

    ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)

    Electric windows, front and rear

    Electronic engine immobiliser

    Galvanised body

    Front seat side impact airbags

    Halogen clear headlights, range adjustable

    Glovebox, cooled, lockable and illuminated

    Heat insulating tinted glass

    Height-adjustable front three-point seat belts with tensioners

    Interior lighting with delay

    Isofix child seat preparation (for 2 rear child seats

    Luggage compartment light

    Non smoking pack

    Multifunction computer (Midline)

    Rain sensor

    Rear lights incorporating LED technology

    Power assisted steering, speed sensitive

    Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones

    Remote interior fuel flap opener

    Warning buzzer and light for front seat belts if unfastened

    Reflectors in all doors

    Warning 'lights on' buzzer

    Storage tray on dashboard

    Storage compartments in front doors (for 1.0 litre bottle)

    Two-tone horn

    Vanity mirrors, illuminated

    Volkswagen Assistance

  • VW Jetta Environmental Info

    Engine - Combined, Extra-urban, Urban, Trim level(s), CO2 emission, g/km, Output, PS

  • Production up to 5.11.2006

    Petrol engines

    1.6 ltr FSI 115 170 S, SE 30.4/9.3 48.7/5.8 39.8/7.1

    2.0 ltr T-FSI 200 194 Sport 25.4/11.1 44.8/6.3 34.9/8.1

    2.0 ltr T-FSI DSG 200 (192) Sport (26.2/10.8) (44.8/6.3) (35.3/8.0)

    Diesel engines

    1.9 ltr TDI 105 143 S, SE 42.2/6.7 61.4/4.6 53.3/5.3

    1.9 ltr TDI DSG 105 (159) S, SE (37.2/7.6) (56.5/5.0) (47.9/5.9)

    2.0 ltr TDI 140 157 SE, Sport 38.7/7.3 57.6/4.9 48.7/5.8

    2.0 ltr TDI DSG 140 (168) SE, Sport (34.9/8.1) (55.4/5.1) (45.6/6.2)

  • Production from 6.11.2006

    Petrol engines

    1.6 ltr FSI 115 165 S, SE 31.4/9.0 50.4/5.6 40.9/6.9

    1.4 ltr TSI 140 169 SE 29.7/9.5 48.7/5.8 39.8/7.1

    1.4 ltr TSI DSG 140 (169) SE (29.1/9.7) (50.4/5.6) (39.8/7.1)

    1.4 ltr TSI 170 174 Sport 29.1/9.7 47.1/6.0 38.7/7.3

    1.4 ltr TSI DSG 170 (174) Sport (28.5/9.9) (48.7/5.8) (38.7/7.3)

    2.0 ltr T-FSI 200 189 Sport 25.7/11.0 45.6/6.2 35.3/8.0

    2.0 ltr T-FSI DSG 200 (188) Sport (26.4/10.7) (45.6/6.2) (35.8/7.9)

    Diesel engines

    1.9 ltr TDI 105 137 S, SE 42.8/6.6 62.8/4.5 54.3/5.2

    1.9 ltr TDI DSG 105 (156) S, SE (37.2/7.6) (56.5/5.0) (47.9/5.9)

    2.0 ltr TDI 140 148 SE, Sport 39.8/7.1 58.9/4.8 50.4/5.6

    2.0 ltr TDI DSG 140 (160) SE, Sport (35.3/8.0) (56.5/5.0) (46.3/6.1)