Volkswagen Jetta Sport 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review
Of right proportions...

Story and pictures by Azfar Hashim
29 Apr 2008

The Volkswagen Jetta TSI is not just a Golf GT with a boot - it’s a proper sedan that’s both practical and complete, and with that prodigious powerplant, gives power-loving dads who just outgrew the hot-hatch phase the ability to continue their passion…Albeit in a much refined manner.


They say sedans lack character. Well, not all of them.

If you wanted to make some sweeping generalised statement like “Volkswagen’s Jetta sedan is among the very best handling sedan you can get”, then I’d have a hard time disagreeing. If, emboldened by this, you went on to say that “Volkswagen’s TSI engine is among the most brilliant engineering feat”, then you won’t hear me arguing. At all.

So now that there’s a Volkswagen sedan with a 1.4-litre TSI engine, then what we have here is a good handling, fine performing turbocharged AND supercharged sedan. Sorry, you must be sick to the back of your teeth of Volkswagen getting such glowing write-ups in car magazines.

But there’s a reason for that – they deserve them.

I hereby begin this specific part of my review by saying that the Jetta is a handsomely proportionate car that manages to escape the horror of “hatchbacks slapped with a boot”.

That said, the Jetta is a major departure from its conservatively styled Bora predecessor that even till today, it may come as a surprise to many that it hails from the house of Volkswagen. Walk around it, and you’ll notice how its sporty frontage is akin to a bull glaring fiercely, waiting to charge towards the matador with the VW emblem making itself known.

It may not come with a bodykit or fancy alloy wheels as standard, but it still looks handsome in a sporty and equally dynamic way.


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Engine Capacity 1390cc TurbochargedSupercharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.1:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 160bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 4750rpm
Power to Weight 115.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 220 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4554 x 1781 x 1459) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1388 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs