Test Drive: Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI 160 HP. Features and conclusion!
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Volkswagen has now been to the sixth-generation Jetta, but what does it offer compared with the Golf and the Passat?
Exterior car design
The Volkswagen Jetta
has always been a bit of the outsider in the Volkswagen range. The car was previously seen as "the Golf with suitcase" but now get some from Volkswagen. Although they still share many technical features, the Jetta is more than that. So the Jetta boasts a 7 inch wheelbase that has grown over its predecessor, which is of course for the passengers benefit. The Jetta was no longer designed for Europe and then modified for the Chinese and American markets; the model was now specifically designed for China and America and in Europe as seasoned. Not that we notice the exterior, we recognize clearly the current design language of VW, the Jetta looks subdued but certainly not cheap. The nose is narrow grille with a large impression; the profile is smooth, only the rear looks a bit boring. His growth leads him also shoot a lot closer to its bigger brother, the Passat. The Jetta is 13 cm shorter, but hardly noticeable in the interior.
The Volkswagen Jetta
has much space to feel once you get on. Not only the front passenger can enjoy enough room, the rear seat is spacious. A long trip with adults in the rear is no problem, while the trunk has enough space for several suitcases. In case you can need 510 liters luggage, only 55 liters less than the Passat Sedan. What's the difference then compared to the Passat? Well, the material in the Jetta can be compared to the Passat only to get negative note. While all looks very solid, you see that a few dollars in materials has been spared. The finish is even at a lower level than the Gulf , with all kinds of plastics that make it less pleasant to stay in the car. But there are also positive aspects, for example, the steering wheel well in hand, the counter party is easy to read and there is room for qualitative features such as the RNS 310 navigation system that is its simplicity of operation allows features.
Engine and consumption
Under the hood of our test model, we found the 1.4 TSI with 160 PS and 240 Nm, an engine that could make immediately impressed. As was especially the creaminess of the 1.4 TSI in taste, the engine runs very smoothly and quietly, smoothly and helps advance the Jetta. Although 0 to 100 km / h takes only 8.3 seconds, you will not be tempted to sporty driving because of the gear ratios to linear. The Jetta is a comfortable family car rather than a sports sedan. Thus, the 1.4 TSI in our case linked to a manual six-speed gearbox, which bit loose but still turns smoothly. Optionally, you can opt for a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The consumption of the motor falls in the positive sense, although it was not the Jetta 1.4 TSI with a Start / Stop system: the specified consumption is 6.3 liters/100 km, we consumed during our test period 7 liters/100 km.
We have been betrayed in the description part of the 1.4 TSI, that the Jetta is positioning itself primarily as a comfortable sedan. Thus, the damping tuned for a comfortable ride possible, much time is that the Jetta never sloppy happen. Here undoubtedly helps multilink suspension for rear, especially in Europe was installed (U.S. versions have a torsion system). The Jetta is therefore prudent to your legs, giving you immediate confidence as a driver when you take the wheel in hand, but the Jetta does not fell simultaneously the need for holes in the road to communicate with the passengers. Fine. The control itself is in line with the handling; it's something so ratified but very comfortable to maneuver in the city. Although the clinical management feels that it is relatively straight, the train responds firmly on the instructions that you as a driver delivering.
Under the hood, buyers can not only choose the 1.4 TSI with 160 PS, in addition to this engine, because there are two petrol and three diesel engines available. You can join with a 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI with 105 hp. The most economical version is the 1.6 TDI with BlueMotion Technology package, which also boasts 105 horsepower with a range of minor changes but consumes an average of just 4.2 liters/100 km. In addition, there is room for a 2.0 TDI with 140 hp and 320 Nm of torque, with that block the Jetta quite smoothly (0-100 km / h in 9.5 seconds) and continues to fuel consumption by 4.8 liters / 100 km at a time well within the limits. On gasoline side, there's room for a narrowed version of the 1.4 TSI with 122 hp.
The Volkswagen Jetta
price starts, only, from 21,270 euros and you get a 1.2 TSI with 105 hp in the Comfortline home. We say only because the Jetta is thus a bit more expensive than the Golf hatchback, while not much cheaper than the Passat. A five-door Golf 1.2 TSI take as little as 19,884 euros and still get a better finished interior, while the Passat 1.6 TDI BMT starting at 25,650 euros for sale compared to the 24,100 euros that the Jetta 1.6 BMT to muster. Clearly the Jetta gets competition from its own angle, what about the competition from outside? Also not great, so the Octavia GreenLine is available from 21,350 euro and the 1.5 dCi Renault Fluence only muster 22,050 euros. The price policy of the Jetta does so frown, because the option prices typically remain Volkswagen. Metallic paint will cost 405 euros, 2530 euros leather and a navigation system (RNS 310) you have from 1161 euros.
"A Golf with a trunk" is clearly not the Jetta, the car would like to nestle nicely in the Passat, with its longer wheelbase and increased trunk. The model looks like typical Volkswagen, restrained but qualitatively. The interior does not follow, because we find a finish that does not convince over the Gulf. Though it looks completely comfortable, the materials in some places noticeably inferior. However, the Jetta runs very comfortable and got great cushioning, while the 1.4 TSI feels smooth and creamy. The pricing seems to us that the biggest problem for the Jetta, as you notice that many details on cost cuts, you would not expect more expensive than the Golf. However, the Jetta is not much cheaper than the Passat. So you as a consumer might be better to save a few euros in the senior class shopping, namely the option prices are the same height.
+ Space inside (large trunk and spacious rear)
+ 1.4 TSI is creamy smooth and
+ Drive very comfortable
- Interior Materials
- Control bit too clinical
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