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VW Jetta 2.0 TDi Sportline

Broadcast dates : 26th February 2006
4th March 2006

Yes, Jetta has come a long way in five generations. It’s in the profile of the car that the Jetta’s distinct character shines through. It’s remarkably harmonious, very much a distinct three box design from concept stage through to final execution with no afterthought measures when it comes to that massive load area.

From the front there is no mistaking the fact that this is a Jetta rather than a Golf. Although the fifth-generation corporate face has been retained, clever use of stronger chrome accents and reshaped headlights give the Jetta its personality.

Interestingly, in Germany the Golf is still more popular than the notch-back Jetta. But in America Jetta accounts for 40 per cent of VW brand sales and it’s traditionally very successful in South Africa too.

The 2-litre Tdi Sportline employs the basic Comfortline interior fitted to the 2-litre turbodiesel model, but with a few tasty add-ons. These include sport seats, a three-spoke leather covered steering wheel, and aluminum trim panels.

The rear sections of the front seats feature magazine pockets, there’s adjustable lumbar support and an adjustable center armrest is fitted.

Other standard Comfortline fitments include an RCD 300 Radio-CD, and an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror.

The 2-litre turbodiesel engine fitted to our test model was the 103 kilowatt unit which develops 320 Newton metres of torque.

Other engines in the range include 75 and 85 kilowatt petrol engines, a 77 kilowatt 1,9 Tdi diesel, a 110 kilowatt FSI, or Fuel Stratified direct-injection petrol engine, and the range topping 147 kilowatt turbo petrol engine.

In the recent Car of the Year evaluation we found the same 2-litre turbodiesel engine fitted to the admittedly heavier Passat to be woefully short of torque at Reef altitude, when pulling away from standstill. So this would be well worth checking out if you are considering a diesel Jetta at higher altitudes.

When introducing the Golf five range, Volkswagen went for an all-new multi-link rear suspension set up that now has to be considered state-of-the-art in this class of car. It’s obviously been recalibrated for the heavier Jetta, with appropriate spring and damper recalibration.

We love the 16-inch Bi-Online 5 alloys fitted to Sportline pack 2-litre diesel.

The new Jetta is available in 11 colours ranging from white through all sorts of exotic hues like "new river blue" and "sunset red" to "black magic", which we presume is, errr…black.

Other optional features include Xenon headlights, navigation, wood dash inserts which we would stay away from, leather trim on the Sportline models and 17-inch wheels.

All these items, of course can add a whole lot of money to the base price of 
R233 820.


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