Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 Turbo FSI Review
Jet-ta

Text and Photos by Amery Reuben
19 Jul 2007
 

The Jetta is really just a Golf with four doors and a horrifyingly large boot. If you think it is too simple in execution, you may be right for my blatant exaggerations. However, you can’t run away from the fact that, if you are familiar with the awesome capabilities of the Golf Mk V, then those of you who wished the Golf came in sedan form, will have to wish no more.

Hola! This new model Jetta effectively displaces the rather podgy looking and under presented (by today’s standards at least) Mk IV, Golf-based Bora that sold from the period of 1999-2005.

Again, having had the rightful choice of being based on the platform of the Golf Mk V, VW's this one gains a significant amount of go, looks, handling capabilities and so on.

Just how much, though?

What is out
 
With the old Bora, Volkswagen deliberately pitched it against the likes of the Volvo S40, the Mercedes C class and the likes. Bad mistake. It was asking nearly a premium amount for something that didn’t really match its rivals.

This time round, by just looking at, and stepping into this car, you can tell that VW has made the effort by taking a different approach, and rightfully so.

We do not get a mind boggling array of ridiculous model trims, options and so on in that fashion. Instead, the Jetta aims for those interested in buying a mainstream vehicle that gives them a nice, premium feel to it, in terms of both build quality and power.

What you do get, is stability and traction control, brake assist, reverse sensors, brushed aluminum trimmings and the traditional three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather that we wished could have been made thicker, more in line with this car’s sporting nature.

You also get the multi-function buttons that control the stereo, trip computer and communication, six airbags, cruise control, tyre-pressure indicators and no less than 10 Dynaudio speakers that come with a front loadable 6-CD changer.

On the outside, expect no less than bi-xenon HID lamps, fog lamps, the 17-inch alloys wearing 225/45 R17 Pirelli P-Zeros, a sunroof, fog lights and a nice, sports suspension that sits the car 15mm lower.

Being the 2 litre turbo from the Golf, expect to have a DSG option only, and really, this is the way to go.

..and in?

In case you have not heard us swoon over the huge boot, yes it is there – all 527 litres of it, enough to fit three full grown men, or four golf bags if that is what you are into. The lines of the rear blend in nicely with the B-pillar, and a front that looks a little like the Golf R32.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 200bhp @ 5100rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1800rpm
Power to Weight 146 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 233 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4554 x 1781 x 1459) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1370 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs