There’s a new generation Jetta nearly here, (Note: the new model arrived in mid 2011).
But the Jetta nameplate arrived in our market in early 2006. It was VW’s new mid-size sedan based on Golf V, quickly leading to the now clichéd description of Jetta as nothing more than “a Golf with a boot”. Jetta replaced the earlier and unloved Bora.
Sharing the Golf’s essential genetic data has been a strength for the more conservatively styled Jetta, with performance, road manners and safety all beneficiaries.
All Jetta were well endowed with safety features including six airbags, antilock brakes and stability control. Climate control, alloys, CD, rain-sensing wipers, rear park-sensors and full-size spare were amongst the standard equipment repertoire.
The model range was defined by which of the three direct injection, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines, was chosen. Entry level was the 110kW FSI petrol, followed by the TDi turbo-diesel, while the 147kW turbo FSI petrol, as used in the feisty Golf GTi, catered to those after maximum performance. Entry models get a manual or auto gearbox, the diesel a manual or optional DSG, while the turbo petrol comes standard with the DSG. All boxes have six ratios. It’s the diesel that’s most noteworthy for its gutsy performance with excellent fuel economy.
Drivers will delight in Jetta’s nimble handling, faithful steering and good grip. A classy well-laid out interior, comfortable seating and a cavernous boot find favour too.
Likely to have been owned by more conservative types, well cared for used examples shouldn’t be too elusive. Standard of finish is good though owner reports suggest a variable record for reliability. Brake pad and disc wear isn’t uncommon and diesel cam belts require changing at 110,000km or 4 years to avoid major damage. Engine oil use up to 1 litre/1000km is considered acceptable by VW. Check for faulty power window operation – a wiring harness repair may be needed. Operation of DSG gearboxes needs careful checking as repairs could prove costly.
Under the pump
Jetta’s official combined fuel consumption is between 8.0 litres and 8.6 litres (98 RON, petrol models) and 5.8 litres and 6.2 litres (diesel models) every 100km, depending on model.
For an indication of what you would pay for this vehicle please go to RACQ's online car price guide or contact our Motoring Advice Service on 07 3666 9148 or 1800 623 456 outside the Brisbane area.
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