Volkswagen puts the boot in with a revised Jetta

2014-08-24 10:44:35

Volkswagen has given its Jetta a mild facelift with restyles to both front and rear ends. It is available to order now and costs from £18,815. The first deliveries are expecting to be made during December.

At the front, the new Jetta’s snout is redesigned under which sits a re-profiled bumper. There is now the option of ordering your Jetta with bright xenon headlights. The range-topping GT model gets revised fog lights which are now standard fit and have been mounted in the front bumper.

At the other end, there are new lights with LED versions available as an option whilst the small lip on the rear boot lid has helped the Jetta become 10% more aerodynamic than the version it replaces.

From launch, there will be four engines available: two petrol and two diesel. Petrol lovers will have the option of a 123bhp 1.4-litre or a 148bhp 1.4-litre whilst the diesel is a 2.0-litre unit that has an output of either 109bhp or 148bhp. The smaller of the two diesel units is the most economical and will be sure to attract company car buyers. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and returns 70.6mpg on the official combined cycle whilst emitting 105g/km of CO2.

Three trim levels will be available. The entry-level trim is S, followed by SE and then range-topping GT. Entry level cars get a digital radio, electronic stability control, electric windows and air conditioning. SE-trimmed cars add 16-inch alloy wheels, lumbar support to the front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, an upgraded steering wheel and cruise control. Top-of-the-range GT models enjoy a lowered sports-oriented suspension, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, the aforementioned front fog lights, sports seats and ambient interior lighting.

Safety equipment has also been enhanced and for the first time ever, the Jetta will be offered with driving aids that include blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and front assist with collision warning.

An entry-level 1.4-litre S costs from £18,815 whilst the same car with the most frugal of the diesel engines starts from £20,095. The most expensive model is the higher-powered 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel in GT trim with the German company’s DSG automatic gearbox which costs £24,715.

Whilst the Jetta remains a relatively rare sight on British roads, in the US and China it is a large-volume model.

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor

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