Volkswagen Jetta Sport 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review
Ready for the Jet-ta set

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
19 Jul 2011
 

The sixth generation Jetta is one of the most highly anticipated new cars of 2011. Raymond Lai finds out if the new model can continue where the old one left off.

Introduction, styling

Earlier this month, the Volkswagen Group reported that it has sold more than four million vehicles in the first half of the year, and it expected to do better than the market overall in the coming half. One of the keys to Volkswagen's success is a 21.2 percent sales jump in North America, a market the brand had previously earmarked for huge growth potential.

Volkswagen's improved sales figures in North America has a lot to do with its low cost, mass market approach for its new Jetta and Passat. For the North American market, the brand has taken the trouble of developing cut priced versions of the Mk VI Jetta and the Passat for them to be priced more competitively against the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry respectively. Americans after all, somewhat are more tolerant to hard plastics and lower quality switchgear than somewhat more discerning European car buying public.

Judging by its increased sales in North America, Volkswagen's two-pronged approach then, seems to be working. Thankfully, the Mk VI Jetta and the Passat variants for our Singapore market are the more developed ‘Europeanised' models rather than the cut price, lower in quality ‘Americanised' ones.

So how different is the Euro Jetta that was recently launched in Singapore to high expectations compared to the US version that has helped Volkswagen improve its sales in the all-important North American market? Well, visually, only an eagle eyed VW freak will be able to differentiate the US Jetta and the Euro model. Subtle distinguishable styling features between the two models include different bumpers, different head and tail lamps as well as different colours and finishes for the horizontal slats on the radiator grille.

Volkswagen is offering three variants of the Jetta for Singapore - the base 122bhp Jetta TSI, a better equipped version of the previously mentioned model called the Comfort and the model reviewed here, the range topping super and turbocharged Jetta Sport TSI.

With this new Mk VI Jetta, Volkswagen's design team has taken the effort to differentiate the Jetta's styling from it's Golf hatchback cousin's, Unlike the previous Mk V Jetta, this new one doesn't share a single exterior body panel with the Golf and offers its own distinct feel and look even though the new model has the largely identical Volkswagen corporate nose like the Golf's.

At 4644mm in length, the new model is 90mm longer than its predecessor and sits in between the Golf and Passat when it comes to size. The Jetta's tauter and well-proportioned lines are a reminder that it is penned by Walter de Silva, the same man who penned the Audi A4/A5 models and give it a more mature and grown up feel when compared to the Golf.

The range topping Sport model can be distinguished from the rest of the range via its red ‘S' and red ‘I' on its TSI boot lid badge (which means it is twincharged under the bonnet rather than only turbocharged for cars with only a red ‘I' on the badge) and 16-inch ‘Atlanta' alloy wheels. The latter are similarly sized to the base model's ‘Sedona' wheels and are hardly convincing in filling the Jetta's generously sized wheel arches and looking anything but sporty. Volkswagen ought to have specced at least 17-inch alloys for this Sport model.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1390cc TurbochargedSupercharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 160bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 112.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 221 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4644 x 1778 x 1482) mm
Wheelbase 2651 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1417 kg
Boot Capacity 510 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs