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Volkswagen Jetta Sedan: new but still obsolescent

Volkswagen Jetta Sedan: new but still obsolescent

02.09.2015
The sixth generation Jetta has been produced since 2011. It is far behind the modern Golf, which is already on the seventh stage in its history.

The sixth generation Jetta has been produced since 2011. It is far behind the modern Golf, which is already on the seventh stage in its history.

So the engineers decided to refresh the sedan in 2015. They didn’t “catch up” the Golf, of course, but it is a little closer to it at least. Today’s Golf is based on the platform MQB while the Jetta is still on the old PQ5. Now let’s talk about changes.

РThe radiator grille is decorated with three horizontal stripes. The front optics is endowed with LED pattern, which resembles an unfinished letter U. Optionally, you can get adaptive bixenon headlights. The rear lights look more sporty and austere.

The cabin is simple and austere as always but it is noticeably ”brightened up”. The front panel has more rounded shapes, the plastic is softer. The steering wheel with three spikes and the dashboard with a small pit are the same as in the Golf. The steering wheel is cut at the bottom in the same way. There is a simple display on the dashboard.

The front seats are very comfortable, they have good lateral support. The driver and passengers will have no difficulties with adjusting them due to different adjustment positions. Because of the long wheelbase, the rear row is much more spacious than in the Golf. A tall man can accommodate easily with comfort (but very tall people will touch the ceiling). If the driver moves the seat backwards, there will be 70cm of space left.

It’s comfortable to drive the Jetta not only because it’s spacious but also because of its suspension, which copes well with all road imperfections. Also because of its excellent sound insulation. As for the steering, the car enters the corners perfectly.

The engines remain the same. The most popular engines in Russia are still 1.6-litre engines – 105 and 85 hp. (105-hp version is best-selling). Another one is also popular – a 1.4-litre engine, TSI, 122hp. There is also a 150-hp version, but the sales of it are not very successful as it’s very expensive.

The Jetta goes well with these engines but not more. But the 122-hp version with a seven-speed DSG has an interesting and difficult character. It takes off smoothly and slowly. It makes the driver to press harder on the gas pedal and, as a result, the car starts twitching and skidding. If you want to speed up on the go, then you should press on the gas in advance. Dynamics is excellent, the main thing is to get used to it and learn how to manage it properly.

The sedan equipped with TSI and DSG even in the standard configuration is over a million. The majority of Russians prefer 1.6 – it is cheaper.

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