Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 Review
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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
15 Jan 2010
 

The base model Jetta gets mildly updated with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Entrees

Outwardly, the updated model is no different from the previous one.

Volkswagen is on a roll in recent times here in Singapore. The brand registered a record 110 percent jump in sales numbers in 2009 over the preceding year despite the woes in the finance markets. VW's successful year can be attributed to the new models and variants it introduced as well as the aggressive pricing of its cars. New models introduced in 2009 include the sixth generation Golf, Passat CC, Scirocco and Polo.

VW's new model onslaught isn't waning going into 2010 with upcoming new variants or models like the Scirocco R and Golf R, Polo 1.2 TSI and possibly, a new Touareg. The first new variant to be launched for the new year though, is a mildly updated Jetta.

The Jetta is basically a booted four-door saloon version of the Golf conceived for less hatchback friendly markets like the US and Asia. While the Golf entered its sixth incarnation last year, the Jetta is still based on the previous, fifth generation Golf.

Outwardly, the updated model is no different from the previous one. With almost no changes to its exterior since its debut in 2007, the Jetta's styling has started to age a tad especially at the front where the nose mimics the Mk 5 Golf instead of Volkswagen's latest corporate face like the Mk 6's, while the standard 16-inch alloys do little to improve its stance. On the upside, the rear looks well proportioned and more convincing thanks to a well integrated boot line and LED tail lamps.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1595cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (81.0 x 77.4)mm
Power 102bhp @ 5600rpm
Torque 148Nm @ 3800rpm
Power to Weight 78 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 186 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -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 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1307 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs