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Volkswagen Jetta Review

July 24, 2015

The VW Jetta is as much a part of Volkswagen’s history as the ever popular Golf. First rolling off the German production line in 1979, the Jetta has benefited from several design tweaks, performance upgrades and even name changes during its extensive run. However, the latest incarnation of the Volkswagen Jetta aims to stand on its own – despite being heavily based on the Golf’s winning formula. In today’s review, we’re bringing you all of the Jetta’s highlights and even tips on how you can get your hands on one of your very own!

VW Jetta

Original image by M93


While the original VW Jetta was merely a Golf in disguise, with a sedan-style boot attached, the latest version of the Jetta is a full-blown compact saloon. Immediate impressions of the Jetta may leave you underwhelmed – however, upon closer inspection you’ll find its smart and understated styling brings its own appeal. Featuring the distinctly crisp lines and solid stance shared across the entire Volkswagen range, the new VW Jetta is a sophisticated addition to the compact saloon market.

Climb inside and you’ll find the usual Volkswagen touches, including high quality finishes and a logical dash layout. Both space and storage come in generous quantities in the latest Jetta, with the cavernous 510 litre boot offering plenty of room for luggage. With its range of seat adjustment options and plenty of legroom, drivers and passengers of all shapes and sizes will have no problem finding a comfortable position in the Jetta.

Performance & Handling

The Jetta is firmly aimed at the family and budget-exec market and it’s clear from its handling that comfort and safety take precedence. Striking a balance between a smooth yet stable ride, the Jetta is reassuring to drive – with control inputs translating to predictable outcomes.

VW offer a choice of four engines on the Jetta, with two 1.4 litre petrols and two 2.0 litre diesels on offer. The most popular in the range is VW’s famous 148bhp 2.0 litre diesel, a staple across the VW range. This punchy diesel comes with a 6-speed transmission and can take the Jetta from 0-62mph in a respectable 8.9 seconds – while still managing 67mpg. While the diesels are undoubtedly a firm favourite, all engines across the range deliver excellent fuel economy and the petrol models may be preferable for city drivers.


The new VW Jetta is available in three levels of trim, with the entry-level Jetta S offering air conditioning, electric windows and remote central locking as standard – not bad considering its price! Step up to the SE trim and you’ll get alloy wheels, a premium finish interior and iPod hookup – making it our pick of the range. If it’s sporty styling you’re after, the range topping GT model comes equipped with sports seats and lowered suspension – giving the Jetta some extra curb appeal.

Volkswagen Jetta Finance

VW Jetta back

Original image by M93

Starting at just £18,895 for the entry level model, the Jetta is competitively priced in the compact saloon market, but if you’re after bells and whistles, then the full-loaded GT TDI 150 model will set you back £23,370.

Fancy getting your hands on a new car, but short on cash? The Car Loan Warehouse have got you covered! Head over to our VW Jetta finance page to find out more, or if you’re ready to go, apply today for a quick decision.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.