September 27, 2016 @ 02:18 AM

The Jetta is back

Volkswagen's new overlord in the country introduces more affordable variants of the Jetta packing extra kit. So far so good then.

A new engine, improved transmission and expanded line-up of variants are just some of the changes that accompanies the facelifted Volkswagen Jetta’s introduction; the first new model launched by Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) since it took over the reins of the brand here.

In a brilliant but possibly delayed move, the refreshed Jetta also sees a dramatic reduction in its price with the flagship trim going for less than its predecessor courtesy of its 5l/100km quoted fuel consumption figure qualifying it for Energy Efficient Vehicle certification.

The entry-level trim is now the Jetta Trendline that starts at RM108,990 with a mid-range Jetta Comfortline sandwiched between and priced at RM117,990. Spearheading Volkswagen’s C-segment sedan assault is the Jetta Highline that goes for RM 128,990. All prices quoted are on-the-road without insurance and is tagged with the new five-year manufacturer warranty that eclipses the previous 2+3 year warranty; one of the initiatives by VPCM to mend customer relations.

Although the engine is still a 1.4-litre TSI mill, it differs from that powering the outgoing model in terms of forced-induction methods. The previous engine made use of twin-charging, utilising a turbocharger and supercharger to make 158bhp. In the new Jetta, the 1.4-litre TSI engine that is shared with the facelifted Golf TSI is purely turbocharged and makes 10bhp less at 148bhp but makes up for it with an extra 10N of torque at 250Nm that kicks in at the same 1500rpm.

Gearing is handled by a seven-speed DSG that Volkswagen claims has been given some improvements, incorporating a coasting function in addition to the start-stop system to improve fuel consumption.

As part of portfolio refresh under VPCM, the Jetta now sports a numeric designation of 280 TSI on its boot lid and would appear to not have any significance on actual performance figures but is explained as a hierarchical positioning of its powerplant.

The equipment list for the Jetta Trendline includes DRLs, halogen headlamps with manual adjustment, front & rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, fabric upholstery and a RCD 220 head unit with USB, SD card and AUX connectivity.

Splurge a little more for the Jetta Comfortline and some of the kit is bumped up to automatic headlamps, smoked tail lamps, dual-zone climate control, a mlti-function steering wheel nicked from the Golf TSI and an upgraded RCD330G touch-screen head unit, with USB, iPod, SD Card, AUX, Bluetooth and MirrorLink connectivity.

Go all in and purchase a Jetta Highline will get you bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, keyless entry, a start-stop button, cruise control, paddle shifters and a 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Safety is standard across the range; as it should be, and comprises six airbags, ABS, EBD, electronic stability control, hill-hold assist and an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS).

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