Volkswagen Jetta Features & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

This company is the fully owned subsidiary of the German automobile company has officially rolled out the facelifted version of its premium sedan Volkswagen Jetta in the country’s car bazaar. This latest version received quite a few changes in terms of its exteriors and interiors. However, there are no mechanical changes made to this vehicle and it continuous to extract power from the same 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines, which are currently available in the outgoing models. Both these engines are available with six speed manual transmission gearbox as standard feature. However, the diesel version is also available with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission option. At the same time, the manufacturer has also retained all its trim levels including Trendline Comfortline and Highline for the buyers to choose from. Get Price of Jetta

EXTERIORS ;

The 2017 VW Jetta continues the design started in 2011. It’s clean – anodyne, even. Some criticized it as “boring” when it debuted. Compared to the swoopy designs of its contemporaries, maybe it was a little boring. The Jetta’s straight lines and creases are in sharp contrast to the curvy, flame-like surfacing of, say, a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. But here’s the thing: The Jetta’s design has aged well. Other automakers have felt compelled to redesign their compacts in whole or in part since the 2011 Jetta’s debut. VW has made minor tweaks, but the basic design remains the same as it ever was.Up front, there’s a very sober, thin grille opening between the two headlights that continue the grille’s overall shape, turning up at the outside edges. There’s a lower grille opening below the bumper strike face that doubles this shape. Two clean hood creases start at the meeting point of the upper grille and the headlights, streaking back in an elegant arc toward the side mirrors. Book test drive for Jetta in Carzprice

In profile view, the Jetta has a crease that runs from the corner of the headlight lens to the area just above the taillight lens. Unlike some sedan designs, the crease does not bisect the door handles. A secondary crease is formed low on the doors, creating a plane that coincides with flat surfacing on the bumper areas that is visible from the side. My test car had elegant yet simple 16-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels that dressed the Jetta up without trying to make it look like a race car. That kind of honest design choice is laudable nowadays.At the rear, the upper crease from the sides continues all the way around to form the upper edge of the relatively short trunk lid. A major horizontal line emanates from the inner section of each taillight and forms the shadowbox over the license plate. There are a half-dozen lesser horizontal line elements in the rear bumper cover alone.

INTERIORS ;

Step inside the cabin and you would be disappointed with the interiors having no prominent changes. The only addition is the new flat-bottom steering wheel, also seen on the facelifted Polo and Vento. It gets paddle shifts for the Jetta and feels excellent to hold. The instrument cluster has been revised and now gets a Fatigue Detection System, which is apparently a not so important feature to have. However, the revised cluster has a 3D effect to it, which lifts the mood of the cabin. Everything else remains unchanged including the black and beige dashboard colour combination that looks good but with tacky wood accents running in the middle. Gloss black panels would have been appreciated instead of those out of place looking faux wood trims.

The centre console on the Jetta facelift gets the same touch screen infotainment system having 6 CD changer, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity and 8 speakers that sound crisp with tight bass. Touch sensitivity is average but pairing Bluetooth takes some time. You get a similar multimedia unit as the Vento in the lower variants of the Jetta. There is no sunroof on offer but you don’t feel the need of one as the cabin is pretty airy giving a good sense of space both at the front and rear. Legroom at the back is good enough for buyers who like to be driven around. Boot capacity is impressive, having 510-litres of space. In terms of quality, fit and finish, the Volkswagen Jetta is amongst the best in its class, everything feels good to touch and long lasting.

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;

The Jetta comes with two engine options, the 1.4-litre petrol engine and the 2.0- litre diesel engine. The petrol engine is mated with a six-speed manual transmission, which manifests a decent 120bhp of torque and 200Nm of power, whereas the diesel engine is also mated with six-speed DSG or manual transmission, which churns out 138bhp of torque and 320Nm of power. We drove both the manual petrol and the DSG diesel engine.

First we drove the 2.0-litre diesel automatic and it is highly adaptive. Press the gas pedal and the gears downshift in no time. There is a thorough feeling of thrust which pulls you back when revved hard. There is plenty of power available at any given point of time. The fun factor truly comes because of the perfectly tuned DSG gearbox, which is so accurate with its gearshifts, this finely tuned engine. While cruising, the transmission shifts into the sixth gear at speeds of about 70km/hr

While we drove the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, it dint excite us after driving the diesel DSG. Though the engine was turbocharged it dint give the same feeling as the 2.0-litre diesel did. There was some power latency till it crossed the 1900 rpm mark and then the turbo kicked in. This power was actually enough for daily commuting to work or when you hand the steering wheel to the chauffeur. The six-speed transmission was truly for cruising purpose.

Out of the two engines I would pick the diesel DSG as it has more power and better mileage. We recorded a mileage of 16km/l overall in city and highway whereas the 1.4 litre petrol gave a mileage of 12-13km/l in both city and traffic conditions. The DSG being more efficient yet powerful, it would be the right choice for the ones who wish to drive the car themselves plus maneuver in daily city traffic conditions.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Jetta has been right on top of the segment when it comes to ride and handling. The VW Jetta is among the few cars in its segment which has maintained a fine balance between comfort and sportiness. The suspension setup is reasonably firm and yet compliant. On one hand it manages to bulldoze most of the road undulations, keeping the car’s occupants free from unnatural jerks and bumps, and at the same time darts through fast paced corner confidently and with minimum body roll.

The electronic differential lock and ESP further encourage the driver, as the Jetta claws on to the tarmac as you exit the corner. The Volkswagen Jetta feels solid and well engineered, with the suspension-chassis match made in automobile heaven. The steering, although light, is fairly communicative and adds to the joy of driving. In the Rs 15-20 lakh segment, there aren’t many cars that can boast of such driving pleasure.

BRAKING AND SAFETY ;

The manufacturer has equipped both its front and rear wheels with a sturdy set of disc brakes, which are further loaded with superior brake calipers. In addition to these, there is an anti-lock braking system including brake assist function that helps to augment this mechanism. At the same time, it also has an electronic stability program that keeps the vehicle agile by reducing the loss of traction. This sedan also gets a robust suspension system wherein, its front axle gets a coil spring system featuring shock absorbers and stabilizers. At the same time, its rear axle gets multi-link suspension system loaded with stabilizer bars, which helps to keep this sedan well balanced. Furthermore, it is also integrated with a rack and pinion based electric power assisted steering that has speed sensitive function, which supports a minimum turning radius of 5.5-meters

All the variants in this model series are blessed with same set of safety features, which ensures maximized protection to the occupants. The list includes break pad wear indicator, retro reflectors in all four doors, six airbags, engine guard, central locking system with 2 remote control folding keys, three rear head restraints and an advanced engine immobilizer. This model series also has electronic stability control, ABS with brake assist function, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, hill hold control and height adjustable front seat belts.

VERDICT ;

Is this nip-and-tuck job enough to change the fortunes of the Jetta? Unlikely. While the Jetta—from Rs 13.87 lakh for the petrol and Rs 15.08 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom, Mumbai)—is priced competitively, the competition is either more advanced or gets more features to fascinate the buyers. The 2016 Jetta concept, which was showcased at the Beijing Auto Show last year, would clearly be a game-changer for the company in India. Until then, the company would hope that this facelift is able to keep the interest in the car alive.

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