2009 Volkswagen Jetta | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by



The VW Jetta has the look of something of an afterthought – a Golf with a boot grafted-on. Not as pretty and well-proportioned as the Golf with somewhat bloated looking panels that make it appear to weigh more than it does; a look that does nothing for it’s dynamics.

It replaces the Bora as VW’s a small sedan, sitting in between the Golf and Passat in the VW line up and offering a choice to those buyers in the UAE that would like a boot to their car, of which there are many, and who do not want a hatchback, or pay the premium for a Passat in terms of ticket price, extra and fuel economy.

The Golf and Passat would seem to be more obvious choices for VW fans; cars that both sit nicely in their respective segments and that fill up their design briefs to the letter. The Jetta has the feel of a stepping stone between those two, and also lacks the firm identity of either. Saying that, it is a VW, so you can expect all the usual VW trimmings of quality and comfort.

2009 Volkswagen JettaThe Jetta is larger than the now defunct Bora, and therefore it features a more spacious interior that features VW’s latest generation of top quality interior design, high attention to detail and ultra modern materials and fabrics; all the good stuff you’d find in the Golf, basically – even the entry-level model offers an understated, quietly confident, rich-feeling inner space.

Standard equipment includes power windows and door mirrors, radio/CD/MP3 stereo system, folding rear seats for extra boot space, remote-controlled central locking, front airbags, side-impact airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and electronic stability control. The higher trim levels of Comfortline and Sportline earn you the extras of 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior detailing and sports suspension.

2009 Volkswagen JettaEngine choice was initially rather limited, with the only options being a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, petrol unit making a 102bhp and 148Nm of torque, and a rather larger 2.5-litre, five-cylinder petrol unit making 150bhp and 228Nm of torque. A 2-0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged FSI engine is now also available in the GLI model, giving the Jetta the type of performance that will more spirited drivers prodding that throttle pedal with vigour.

The Jetta is one of those middle-of-the-road cars that has yet to carve its very own niche here in the UAE, but with the car buyers here favouring the boot over the hatch, the car’s good interior and driving feel, plus that excellent turbocharged engine from the Golf GTi, we could well see their numbers multiplying in the future.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta


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Price Range (AED) 76,000 onwards

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