While it was originally introduced as a two-door saloon, the Volkswagen Jetta has since undergone over three decades of iterations, evolving into one of the German carmaker’s most popular four-door sedan models, not to mention one of the most powerful cars in its class.
The current Jetta, the first Volkswagen model to be launched by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) since the company officially began operations in September last year, is more sleek and stylish than ever, featuring elegant design lines and redefined aerodynamics with new front and bumper grilles with rear bumper tail lamps, which altogether simply exude timeless charisma and understated dandy.
New highlights include 17-inch “Queensland” alloy wheels and chrome grilles, front and rear fog lights, and LED tail lamp. Its Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights comes with automatic headlight activation with “Leaving Home” and manual “Coming Home” functions, and exterior mirror with environment lighting to assist drivers in dark areas. An addition to this system is the headlamp washer system for convenience and improved visibility.
Inside, plush leather seats and a simple, streamlined centre console and dashboard produce a steady, calming atmosphere that complements the fluid and sturdy driving experience. The latter has been updated with an assortment of aesthetic and functional features, including a KESSY keyless entry and push start, leather multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters for easy maneuvering. Other functional features include auto-dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, auto power windows and cooled glove compartment.
For extra comfort, the Jetta is furnished with height adjustable armrest with rear air-conditioning vents, 12-way driver electric seat and dual-Climatronic automatic air conditioning system, ensuring soothing repose for all passengers. What’s more, the Bluetooth connectivity for mobile and audio streaming now boasts the Volkswagen MirrorLink function that simplifies smartphone operations, making it more convenient and hands-free for drivers.
On the road, we discovered a performance that boasted power in elegant fashion. The new Jetta combines a new generation 1.4L TSI single-turbocharged engine with an improved 7-speed direct shift gearbox (the only car in its segment fitted with a 7-speed gearbox), enabling it to deliver an impressive output of 150PS and 250Nm of torque between 1,500 to 3,500rpm, and accelerate to 100kph in just 8.6 seconds, making it amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment. Despite its sporty performance, the Jetta features a combined fuel consumption of approximately 5.0l/100km, making it the segment leader in fuel efficiency.
This is complemented by a host of energy-friendly technical features such as the Start/Stop function, regenerative braking and coasting function, all of which give Jetta its EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) certification and enhanced fuel efficiency. Start/Stop deactivates the engine when the car is at a standstill and reactivates when it starts moving, while regenerative braking recycles the lost energy by storing it and using it for acceleration. The coasting function allows the driver to roll over a longer distance once the driver’s foot is off the accelerator.
Above all, safety is at the core of all Volkswagen vehicles. The Jetta comes equipped with multi-collision brakes, brake disc wipers, six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) as well as hill-hold control. Additionally, the locally assembled Jetta comes with safety-optimised front head restraints, anti-theft alarm system with interior surveillance system, anti-pinch power windows and ISOFIX anchorage point for child seats.
Available in three variants (Trendline, Comfortline and Highline), in Candy White, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black, the Jetta, along with other Volkswagen cars purchased after 1 September last year, now comes with five-year warranty and roadside assistance.