It is a rare occasion when American and Australian motoring interests converge.
But we should give thanks to the ‘Yanks’ when their dislike of hatchbacks forces a company like Volkswagen to produce such a persuasive sedan as the Jetta.
Jetta uses the Golf V platform and many of its drivetrains. But the longer Jetta is much more than a Golf.
For starters, its equipment lists are superior and the standout features on those lists relate to safety.
Meanwhile, its controversial boot is simply cavernous and makes Jetta a better bet in the space race.
This German four-door has a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel for superior fuel economy, or a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with performance and smoothness advantages.
Either Jetta is flexible. The popular dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) available on both is smooth and swift, although it allows torque to arrive in a rush.
Both cars cede ground to foes on price but strike back with healthy features and running costs.
And in design and function, the crucial scoring areas of safety, environment and build quality are all strong points for the VWs.
These Germans excel in handling.
Firm suspension settings produce some bump absorption compromises but both remain composed.
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