2010 Volkswagen Jetta | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by












Volkswagen would have you believe that the Jetta sits proudly as its own car, but anyone with a functioning eyeball can see its relationship to the previous generation Golf.

That’s no bad thing though, as a sedan based on the very successful Golf architecture should have plenty going for it. The Jetta is pretty much identical to its Mk5 Golf sibling aside from the boot and features a similar level of specification, with two regular versions available along with a more hardcore sporty model. The boot is larger than that of the Golf hatchback and can house 427-litres of luggage.

Quality is a luxury long associated with Volkswagen, so even the entry-level Jetta should have some feeling of premium-ness to it. That version comes with a 1.6-litre engine that makes 102bhp, while the more powerful 2.5-litre, five-cylinder unit makes 150bhp.

Sitting atop the range in the Jetta GLI, which is basically a booted version of the Mk5 Golf GTI. It shares the same red-lined grille, the same alloy wheels and the same tweaks to the interior and is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which puts out 200bhp and is attached to a six-speed version of Volkswagen’s dual-clutch DSG gearbox, which changes cogs faster and more smoothly than traditional automatics.

Available features include electric windows, keyless entry, cruise control and rear parking sensors, as well as under-seat storage trays, 16-inch alloy wheels and the option of leather upholstery. Safety features include front airbags, ABS and ESP (electronic stability control).

A newer model Jetta, with the face of the Mk6 Golf is available in some other markets but not the Middle East at the time of writing.

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