Jetta 2011-2014

The latest generation Jetta, Volkswagen’s medium sized saloon, went on sale in the UK at the start of February 2011, with first customer deliveries in May.  The previous model had been on sale in the UK since February 2006.

Compared to the car it replaces, the new Jetta is 90 mm longer at 4,644 mm with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  This allows the rear legroom to extend by 67 mm.  But the changes to the Jetta extend beyond the stretched wheelbase.  With an elegant new look both inside and out, the Jetta’s panels are not shared with any other Volkswagen.

Despite being a new car, it shares its roots with the previous model, having been unveiled in the US.  While the first generation made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2005, the latest model was revealed to the public in Times Square in New York in June 2010.  And this underlines the importance of the car to the US market.  Now in its sixth generation, a total of 10.1 million examples of the Jetta have been sold since launch in Germany in 1979.  The North American market has traditionally accounted for over 110,000 sales a year.

However it should be noted that the US and European Jetta models are different, with the European version benefiting from the fitment of sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, electro-mechanical steering, a more advanced engine line-up comprising a mix of advanced TSI and TDI common rail diesel engines linked to manual or DSG gearboxes, an upgraded interior and subtle exterior styling changes.

The latest model continues to appeal to those wanting a stylish mid-sized saloon, which is spacious and represents strong value for money.  Three trim levels are available: S, SE and Sport.  All are well-equipped with standard features including air conditioning, an MP3 compatible CD stereo, six airbags, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), an alarm and folding rear seats.

A range of advanced, clean and frugal TSI and TDI engines are available in the Jetta.  Two petrol engines are offered – joining the 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS (available from June) entry-level engine is a twincharged 1.4-litre TSI unit developing 160 PS.  The diesel range starts with a highly efficient 1.6-litre TDI engine developing 105 PS.  Equipped with BlueMotion Technology features including Stop/Start and battery regeneration as standard, it’s capable of achieving 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 109 g/km of CO2.  A 2.0-litre TDI engine developing 140 PS is also available.

Volkswagen UK expects to sell around 3,000 Jetta models in 2012 (the car’s first full year of sales).  Just under 1,500 were sold in 2010.  Around 55 per cent of sales are expected to go to fleet customers.

The Jetta continues to be produced in Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The Jetta name was first used in Germany in 1979 for a medium-sized Volkswagen saloon car.  The name has continued without interruption in the United States, where the Jetta has long been the best-selling Volkswagen model.  Outside the States, the Jetta name was replaced by Vento between 1991 and 1998, and then Bora between 1998 and 2005.  Since then, Jetta has been the universal name for this car.

SUMMARY

  • The new Jetta, first unveiled in US-form in New York’s Times Square on 15 June 2010, went on sale in European specification in the UK in February 2011 with first customer deliveries in May
  • Differs from the car unveiled in New York with the fitment of sophisticated multi-link rear suspension on all European models, electro-mechanical steering, a more advanced engine line-up comprising a mix of advanced TSI and TDI common rail diesel engines linked to manual or DSG gearboxes, an upgraded interior and subtle exterior styling changes
  • Now in its sixth generation, a total of 10.1 million examples of the Jetta have been sold since launch in Germany in 1979.  The North American market has traditionally accounted for over 110,000 sales a year
  • Compared to the car it replaces, the new Jetta is 90 mm longer at 4,644 mm with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  Rear legroom increases by 67 mm
  • Every visible internal and external panel is new 
  • Styled under Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, the new Jetta draws inspiration from the NCC (New Compact Coupé) concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2010 and adopts the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s design language as exhibited in the new Polo, Passat and Sharan
  • Seats five adults with a 510 litre loadspace and folding rear seat
  • Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
  • Three specification levels will be offered: S, SE and Sport
  • New Jetta adopts a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
  • Petrol options are two 1.4-litre TSI engines developing 122 PS (available from June) and 160 PS
  • Diesel power is derived from a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS unit equipped with BlueMotion Technology modifications and a 2.0-litre TDI engine developing 140 PS
  • BlueMotion Technology modifications include Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems; with these the 1.6-litre TDI variant is capable of returning 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 109 g/km of carbon dioxide
  • Hybrid version is set to go on sale in North America in 2013
  • As with the outgoing car, the new Jetta will be built at the Puebla plant in Mexico
  • Volkswagen UK expects annual sales (from 2012) of around 3,000 Jetta models.  Just under 1,500 were sold in the UK in 2010; the car’s best year was 2007 when 7,812 found homes in the UK
  • Just over half (55 per cent) will be sold into the fleet market
  • 88 per cent are expected to have a diesel engine; the predicted best-seller will be the SE 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS accounting for 28 per cent of sales

Production
The Jetta is produced at the Volkswagen de México’s plant and headquarters in Puebla, the capital of the federal state of the same name, 120 km south-east of Mexico City.  The plant occupies 3,000,000 m2 with about 480,000 m2 of building space.  In January 2011, the cornerstone was laid for a new engine plant in Silao, in the central-Mexican state of Guanajuato.

The Volkswagen facility in Puebla is the biggest automobile factory in Mexico.  All the processes needed for complete car production, including the machining and assembly of engine and axle parts and the stamping of car body parts take place here.  In 2010, 435,341 vehicles were produced in Puebla.  About 80 per cent of this volume was exported. 

Volkswagen de México produces five different models, including the New Beetle, Jetta and Golf Estate.  Puebla also produces engines for self-supply and delivery to all Volkswagen automobile factories in America.  In 2010, 253,853 engines were produced.

Volkswagen de México is one of the biggest employers in the country, with 15,290 staff; 7.2 per cent of the workforce is female, while about one per cent are non-Mexican citizens.  In order to develop the abilities of its employees, Volkswagen has a special school for training and further education (Volkswagen Institute).  As a part of this Institute, Volkswagen has a Language School which provides services not only for Volkswagen employees, but also for external clients through its different offices in the city.  The core part of the programme is technical education through the German dual-system and production technicians are trained here for three years.  This educational offer is also available for other companies that are interested, among them primarily suppliers.

The economical impact of Volkswagen for the Puebla and Tlaxcala states lies not only in the plant itself but also in the presence of more than 50 auto parts suppliers in a 50 km radius.  Twenty of the most important suppliers are located in industrial parks next to the plant, facilitating just-in-time delivery to the assembly line.

The history of Volkswagen in Mexico began in 1954 with the first imported Classic Beetle.  The company Volkswagen de México was founded in 1964 as a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.  The first Beetle left the assembly line in Puebla on March 23, 1967.  On 31 July 2003, the world’s last Classic Beetle was produced in Mexico. 

Next to the plant is the Volkswagen Service Centre, which delivers and services around 70 cars per day mainly for company employees.  This Service Centre also provides advice and support to the dealership network of the Volkswagen Group in Mexico.

In the Mexican market, Volkswagen de México represents not only the Volkswagen Brand, but also SEAT, Audi, Bentley and Porsche.  The range also includes heavy trucks up to 23 tons, which are assembled in Mexico from part kits from Brazil.  The Volkswagen brand is present all over the country with 169 dealerships.  In addition, SEAT has 51, Audi 26, Porsche seven and Bentley one sales and service facility.

Volkswagen de México makes an important contribution to the Mexican economy, as a key source of employment and exports.  Moreover, Volkswagen is committed to the support of socially relevant issues.  Employees and the company have donated more than 1.5 million dollars to sponsor social projects for needy children in the Puebla State in the last eight years.  In 2005, Volkswagen de México created an award to fund investigation and conservation of biodiversity in Mexico.  And since 2008, the company has been funding a long term reforestation programme contributing to the conservation of water reserves in the Puebla area.

DESIGN

The new Jetta is a completely redesigned vehicle – and never before has a Jetta been this large, this sporty or this independent.  Just how independent is evident from the fact that the Jetta no longer shares any body components with the Golf. 

Measuring 4,644 mm in length, the Jetta is 90 mm longer than the model it replaces, with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  This allows the rear legroom to increase by 67 mm.  A comparison of dimensions illustrates the changes:

  New Jetta Previous Jetta Difference Passat
length, mm 4644 4554 +90 4769
width (without door mirrors), mm 1778 1781 -3 1820
height, mm 1482 1459 +23 1470
wheelbase, mm 2651 2578 +73 2712
luggage capacity, litres 510 527 -17 565

Exterior
Through the interplay of its new exterior dimensions, the Jetta’s design generates a powerful ratio of proportions.  In parallel, the addition of Volkswagen’s latest ‘design DNA’ sharpens the car’s styling.  As a result, clear, precise lines and muscular surfaces impart a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the saloon and give the impression that it is a car from a higher class.

At the front the coupé-like incline of the windscreen and the consistent use of horizontal lines define the Jetta’s design, emphasised by the high gloss black radiator grille and trapezoidal headlights.  The dual round headlights are subdivided by so-called masking blades to form a large upper area with dipped and main beam lights and a narrow lower area with daytime running lights and indicators.  The chrome masking blades continue the horizontal emphasis of the front end lines right into the headlights making the Jetta appear wider and more dynamic.  Under the grille and headlights is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumpers, and below this, an air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler give the front end a sporty finish.  Also designed to be aerodynamic, the Jetta has a Cd value of 0.302.

The transition from the V-shaped bonnet into the side wings produces a powerful effect.  The shoulder section implemented here contributes to the car’s dynamic and muscular styling.  In the Jetta’s side profile, design characteristics that have defined all new Volkswagens of the past year meld to create another interpretation of the ‘design DNA’ conceptualised by the Italian Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the German Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff).

The best example of this is the so-called character or ‘tornado’ line which cuts through the large side surfaces and gives a strong, dynamic appearance.  The door mirrors are designed with integrated turn indicators in the form of narrow stripes, as on the new Passat and Eos models.

The wheelarches are striking.  Thanks to the wide track (front 1,535 mm, rear 1,532 mm) they form a precise transition and can accommodate wheels up to 18 inches in size.  Another typical design characteristic is the line work in the area of the C-pillars.  Here, the trailing edge of the door follows a straight line from the side sill diagonally back into the triangle window; stylistically, this lengthens the door and gives the overall vehicle an even larger and more elegant appearance.

Harmonised surfaces and sporty shoulders also dominate the look at the rear of the Jetta.  The very wide rear window with its coupé-like angle offers excellent rear visibility and at the same time it emphasises the car’s dynamic lines.  Its interplay with the C-pillars, as striking as they are elegant, and the clearly sculpted shoulder section, produces a design that is extremely dominant with a strong presence. 

Equally prominent are the rear lights.  They are split into two sections, extending from the wing into the bootlid and displaying an unmistakable look both day and night.  The bootlid itself has an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge that minimises air turbulence and increases the car’s downforce to the road.  The vertical surface of the bootlid with its integrated ‘VW’ logo and segmented rear lights shows a slight flare – a styling tool that further emphasises the saloon’s sportiness.  To access the 510-litre boot, the bootlid can be opened by remote control.  A special, patented reflector illuminates the entire lower registration plate and boot area together with a uniform light.

Interior
The Jetta’s interior is designed to be of the highest quality.  It’s also created to be comfortable and ergonomic, with all controls within easy reach and intuitive to use.

The silver framed round instruments are designed in the style of the new Passat and are positioned for optimum viewing; the multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.  The new three-spoke steering wheel design (optional leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction keys) impresses both visually and to the touch. 

Further up the centre console are the redesigned and intuitive controls for the climate control and the radio and navigation systems.  This console section is slightly inclined towards the driver to make it easier to see and access.

The handbrake lever has been repositioned, freeing up more space that is now used for larger cup holders.  Numerous storage options − including from SE upwards a centre armrest with large storage box and sunglass holder − all perfect the car’s everyday practicality.

Despite the flatter roofline, the effective headroom for both driver and front passenger has been increased to 1,014 mm.  Both occupants take their places on completely redesigned and ergonomically optimised seats that offer a high level of long-distance travel comfort and ample adjustments (optional eight-way adjustment).  The extended wheelbase, now 2,651 mm, enables a significantly more comfortable layout of the rear space.  Consider knee room: it is now an impressive 1,046 mm, while headroom in the rear, at 943 mm, is still as good as on the previous model. 

All models have a folding rear seat, which is split 60:40 and combined with a load-through provision on SE and Sport models to enhance practicality.  The 510-litre boot can be opened from inside the car by a remote switch (or by unlocking from the exterior or via the standard remote locking key).

Climate control
The Jetta comes as standard with a semi-automatic climate control system known as Climatic.  To keep the cabin fresh and well ventilated there is a good flow of air to front and rear passengers, as well as a pollen filter which operates in both fresh-air and recirculating-air modes.  Using a simple dial control, the Climatic system maintains the desired cabin temperature automatically whatever the temperature outside.

As an option, all models are available with the option of fully automatic 2Zone electronic climate control.  This two-zone device allows driver and front-seat passenger to adjust their own climates individually and independently.  Temperatures within the two zones are maintained to an accuracy of a degree, with no readjustment necessary whatever the outside conditions.  The Climatronic’s intelligent control system even takes into account the amount of sunlight penetration into the cabin, and makes separate calculations to compensate for it on both the driver and passenger sides. 

As an example of further attention to detail, the system switches automatically to recirculating-air mode when reversing and when the windscreen washer sprays are used; the fresh air supply is momentarily cut to prevent smells – of exhaust and windscreen wash – from entering.

ENGINES

The Jetta is available with a choice of four engines: two petrol units – a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS (available from summer) and 160 PS; plus two diesels: a 1.6-litre 105 PS with BlueMotion Technology and a 2.0-litre with 140 PS.  A variety of transmissions is also offered as described in the individual engine sections which follow. 

Petrol engines

TSI technology
In June 2006, Volkswagen launched the latest in a line of innovations with the introduction of TSI petrol technology.  Previous engines have used FSI technology, whereby petrol is injected directly into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  Taking this further, TSI can an FSI engine which is then dual-charged through a combination of an engine driven supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger arranged in series.  Alternatively, lower powered TSI units use simply a sophisticated turbocharger.

The driving characteristics of TSI engines are improved over those of a conventional FSI unit.  With twincharged versions, the belt-driven supercharger on the higher-powered derivatives operates at the lower engine speeds, with the turbocharger coming in as engine speed increases.  The result of this is excellent driveability and performance throughout the range with no turbo lag and high maximum torque.

Key to the TSI’s success is that direct injection allows an abnormally high compression ratio of 10:1 to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute.  This enables the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency for a petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds.  As an additional bonus, the TSI engine provides driver enjoyment, producing high power and torque across a rev range from 1,000 to 6,500 rpm.

TSI technology has received international acclaim, with, among other awards, the 1.4-litre TSI claiming the title of International Engine of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 122 PS (from summer 2011)
This turbocharged unit produces peak power of 122 PS at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm (148 lbs ft) from 1,500 up to 4,000 rpm.  It is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Like all Jetta engines, this TSI fulfils the Euro5 standard.  With this standard in mind, the emissions system of the 122 PS TSI was equipped with a modified composition for the catalytic converter’s noble metal lining.

The turbocharger in this engine is designed to be compact and lightweight, giving good performance with low consumption and emissions.  It is thanks to the very quick response of the turbocharger and the low-profile design of intake and exhaust cams together with variable inlet valve timing, that 80 per cent of the maximum torque is already available at 1,250 rpm.

Another notable aspect of the 122 PS TSI is its water-cooled intercooler located directly in the induction pipe.  It is part of a low-temperature coolant loop that is independent of the engine coolant system.  The advantage of this is that the inlet system can have a smaller volume than where a conventional air-to-air intercooler is used, and this in turn considerably shortens the time required to reach a charge pressure of 1,800 millibar in the induction system.  As a result this engine suffers little so-called ‘turbo lag’.

Carbon dioxide emissions are 144 g/km.  Further performance and economy data will be available closer to launch. 

1.4-litre, 1,390 cc TSI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 160 PS
This 1.4-litre TSI unit uses supercharging and turbocharging to produce an impressive 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.  It is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.  Carbon dioxide emissions are 147 g/km for the manual and 140 for the DSG.  Further performance and economy data will be available soon.

Diesel engines
All Jettas use Volkswagen’s common rail diesel technology, ensuring they are frugal, clean and refined.  Naturally they all comply with Euro5 emissions standards.  All common rail units have low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, Volkswagen fits a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard on all common rail engines which is designed to minimise remaining traces of PM.  The DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

1.6-litre TDI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
The entry-level TDI is a 1.6-litre unit developing 105 PS, and featuring Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology modifications.  It is available with a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. 

Key features of this common rail engine are good acoustic qualities, performance throughout the rev range, and extremely low levels of fuel consumption and emissions.  Through the common rail system the diesel fuel is injected with a pressure of 1,600 bar directly into the combustion chamber, with the multiple injections and diesel volumes precisely controlled via special piezo actuators.  With a view to achieving the highest possible reduction in friction within the engine, Volkswagen engineers optimised the layout of the crankshaft drive, valve train and oil-pump drive.  Meanwhile, a quadratic bore/stroke ratio ensures minimal friction loss at the cylinder liners.  Throttling losses in the oil and coolant circulation and in the intake system and charge-air duct have also been reduced through ongoing development and enhancement. 

This engine has a power output of 105 PS at 4,400 rpm with maximum torque of 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm.  It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 11.7 seconds and has a top speed of 118 mph.  Frugality is its key appeal with a combined consumption of 67.3 mpg (65.7 DSG) and carbon dioxide emissions of 109 g/km (113 DSG). 

BlueMotion Technology
A range of vehicles has been developed by Volkswagen that strikes a balance between the highly focussed BlueMotion vehicles (available for Polo, Golf and Passat) and the conventional products on which they are based.  The range, carrying the ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badge, combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create vehicles that deliver greater economy and produce fewer emissions yet are practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

The Jetta 1.6-litre TDI is badged BlueMotion Technology and features wheels with low rolling resistance tyres to enhance economy, as well as, on SE and Sport models, a multifunction computer which includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption.  In addition it has a Stop/Start function and battery regeneration.  

The Jetta’s automatic Stop/Start system is operated through the clutch pedal.  When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral.  When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display.  In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically.  On DSG variants, the engine shuts down and restarts in response to the brake pedal.  The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary.

A battery regeneration system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking.  In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for bulk recharging of the car’s battery.  Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed.  It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely which reduces engine load and improves fuel consumption.

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS
Fuel injection for the Jetta’s 1,968 cc diesel engine is handled by the latest generation common rail system, with up to 1,800 bar injection pressure and special injection nozzles delivering especially fine atomisation of the fuel.  Control of the eight-hole injection nozzles is achieved by the latest generation of piezo in-line injectors.  Electrically-controlled piezo crystals, assisted by a hydraulic element, inject the right amount of fuel in just fractions of a second.  Compared with conventional solenoid valves, piezo technology enables more flexible injection processes with smaller and more precisely metered fuel volumes.  This leads to a very quiet and smooth running engine and exceptionally quick throttle response with low fuel consumption and emissions.

The Jetta 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 140 PS at 4,200 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lbs ft) of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm; it is available with a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.

It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (129 DSG).  Fuel consumption remains impressive with a combined figure of 58.9 mpg (53.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 126 g/km (138 DSG). 

Gearboxes

Five- and six-speed manual
The 1.6-litre TDI Jetta comes with a standard five-speed manual gearbox.  Other manual models have a six-speed gearbox featuring a magnesium selector housing and cable operation with very short lever movements.  Three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensures a pleasant shift action.  Reduced-friction bearings further increase the efficiency of the unit and cut fuel consumption.

All gearboxes in the Jetta are filled with lifetime oil and require no routine maintenance.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox 
First launched in 2005, Volkswagen’s Direct Shift Gearbox combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the responsiveness and economy of a manual unit.  In the Jetta it is available in combination with the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel engine.

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG unit has two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation.  One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears.  Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

With this clutch management system, the interruptions in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur.  This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected.  In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated.  As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision.

Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.  In addition to its fully automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection. 

Seven-speed DSG 
The Jetta 1.6-litre TDI and 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS are available with a seven-speed DSG transmission.  This, another world-first for Volkswagen, uses a pair of dry clutches (as opposed to the wet ones in the six-speed version) to improve fuel efficiency and performance.  The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system.  Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel the gearbox is remarkably compact. 

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill.  By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and comfort levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent.  The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil.  As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators.  Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed system.

It should be noted that both DSG gearboxes are application specific.  The six-speed version can be paired with high torque engines (up to 350 Nm) while the seven-speed variant is more effective in combination with smaller engines with torque outputs of up to 250 Nm.  

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Jetta.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its use. 

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months. 

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys.  The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.  In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service.  A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed. 

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.  An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

In designing the Jetta’s chassis, engineers set out to find a good combination of driving dynamics and comfort.  At the front the Jetta uses strut-type suspension with coil springs and telescoping shock absorbers, while at the rear there is a multi-link system with independent wheel suspension, gas dampers and separate springs.  Anti-roll bars front and rear contribute towards the car’s dynamic handling and performance.

The Jetta has a wide track (1,535 mm front, 1,532 mm rear) and a turning circle of 11.1 metres.

Electro-mechanical power steering
Like the previous generation, the Jetta benefits from an electro-mechanical power steering system.  Unlike some similar steering systems, the Jetta’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds.  Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system
All Jettas have disc brakes all round, with ventilated discs at the front.  Lower powered versions have 280 mm diameter at the front and 272 rear; while higher powered models have 288 mm diameter front discs and 272 mm at the rear.

Standard equipment on all Jettas is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Programme with counter steering support and trailer stabilisation, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with counter-steering support and trailer stabilisation
Essentially, ESP is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions. 

The latest generation of ESP fitted to the Jetta has a finer response, counter-steering recommendation and offers trailer stabilisation. 

This function can be activated by a Volkswagen Retailer when a Volkswagen-approved towbar is fitted.  This system extends the capability of the normal ESP purely through a software extension.  It does not require additional sensors. 

When the onset of yawing of a trailer is detected by the ESP control module the system automatically reduces or cuts engine power and applies the brakes to appropriate wheels dynamically in phase with the yawing to oppose the snaking motion and stabilise the vehicle/trailer combination.  When stability is achieved the brakes and engine power return to normal control.  During the automatic braking process the brake lights are turned on even though the driver may not be touching the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA
Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, this latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.   

Hillhold function
All Jettas have a standard hill hold function.  The system is useful when the car stops for short periods such as in heavy town traffic or on a long incline.  The parking brake now comes on automatically whenever the vehicle is brought to rest preventing the car from rolling forwards or backwards for around two seconds. 

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Jetta is offered in three different trim levels: S, SE and Sport.  Key items of specification for each trim level are shown below, while comprehensive details can be found in the price list at www.vwpress.co.uk.

S 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS
S 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology 105 PS

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • remote control central locking plus immobiliser and alarm with interior protection
  • hill hold function
  • electric windows front and rear; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • driver and front passenger’s front and side airbags with passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash-optimised head restraints
  • three rear head restraints and three-point seatbelts
  • driver and front passenger’s seat height adjustment
  • height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • air conditioning, ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic control
  • folding rear seat backrest
  • Isofix child seat preparation for two outer rear seats
  • glovebox, cooled, lockable and illuminated
  • multifunction computer, Midline
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • body-coloured bumpers and door handles
  • body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology
  • halogen clear headlights, range adjustable with daytime running lights
  • chrome trim in cabin
  • three-spoke steering wheel
  • 6½J x 16 steel wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres
  • full size steel spare wheel

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • low rolling resistance tyres
  • battery regeneration
  • Stop/Start function
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

SE 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS
SE 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS
SE 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

Different from or in addition to S models, SE models feature:

  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
  • decorative black inserts in cabin
  • cruise control
  • front centre armrest with storage compartment, two rear air vents and cup holders
  • front seat back storage pockets
  • rear centre armrest with two integrated cup holders
  • storage compartment in roof console for sunglasses
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • split folding rear seat (60:40) and load-through provision
  • Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • RCD 310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers and AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source, eg iPod
  • 6½J x 16 ‘Navarra’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • low rolling resistance tyres
  • battery regeneration
  • Stop/Start function
  • Highline multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

Sport 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS
Sport 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

At the top of the range, Sport models gain:

  • chrome side window surrounds
  • heat insulating tinted glass from B-pillar backwards
  • front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • automatic dimming rear-view mirror
  • rain sensor
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • flat tyre indicator
  • front fog lights including static cornering function
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • 7J x 17 ‘Queensland’ alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres and anti-theft bolts
  • temporary steel spare wheel

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • 6½J x 16 ‘Atlanta’ alloy wheels with rolling resistance tyres plus full size spare
  • battery regeneration; Stop/Start function
  • Highline multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

FACTORY-FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available for the Jetta, allowing buyers to personalise their vehicles for their bespoke tastes and needs.  Options include alloy wheel upgrades, leather upholstery, parking sensors, Bluetooth phone preparation and satellite navigation systems and audio upgrades.  For full details of availability and prices please see the latest price list.

Parking sensor pack
Optional on all Jettas is a parking sensor pack which incorporates parking sensors front and rear plus reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on the passenger’s door mirror. 

This system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  It also incorporates an optical parking display via the vehicle’s audio system. 

Telephone preparation
The Jetta is available with the option of preparation for Bluetooth HFP (Hands Free Profile) enabled telephones.  Here, the driver’s mobile phone is integrated into the vehicle’s systems without it being removed from a jacket pocket, for example.  The actual mobile phone functions in the car are dealt with by a fixed telephone installation that obtains the necessary data from the SIM card of the mobile phone.  The telephone is controlled using a separate keyboard, the multifunction steering wheel or by voice command.  The price for this depends on specification level chosen as SE and Sport already have a multifunction steering wheel and therefore a smaller premium.

RNS 310 touchscreen satellite navigation/radio system
All Jettas can be specified with Volkswagen’s RNS 310 satellite navigation system.  This installation uses a five-inch touchscreen for fast, intuitive operation of the entertainment and navigation menus and displaying of information.  Key features include a CD drive for navigation disc or audio CDs, an integrated SD memory card reader from which files can be retrieved, plus an AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source, eg iPod or MP3 player.

The navigation function offers a moving map in the colour display panel, integrated direction symbols as well as spoken instructions. 

For the navigation to function, rear ABS wheel sensors are used to determine the distance the car has covered and to provide information when the car is turning.  Further system components include a solid state magnetic compass concealed under the roof and a three-way roof aerial for radio and GPS (Global Positioning System).  The aerial receives signals from the satellites in orbit from which the system is able to calculate the position of the car on the surface of the earth.

RNS 510 DVD touchscreen satellite navigation/radio system
Also available on SE and Sport models is Volkswagen’s RNS 510 satellite navigation system.  This features a six and a half inch colour screen plus integrated voice control system which responds to spoken voice commands for navigation, CD and radio functions.

As well as playing CDs in the usual manner, favourite tracks can also be stored onto the internal, 30 GB hard-drive via an SD card slot in the front of the unit.  The hard-drive can also be used to store navigation mapping.  In addition routes can be recorded while driving and then re-traced by following guidance provided by the stored waypoints.  

SAFETY AND SECURITY

As is expected of any Volkswagen, the Jetta exhibits the highest levels of occupant protection, and safety is indeed engineered into the car’s design.

High-strength, form-hardened steels are used in the Jetta’s construction.  These special steels help to create an extremely safe vehicle structure while avoiding weight gains.  The impact energy of any crash is routed through defined load paths according to the crash type, to absorb a share of the energy that would otherwise impact on the car’s occupants.

These extremely high-strength steels were used to produce such structures as the A-, B- and C-pillars as well as the cant rails.

In terms of passive safety, the Jetta is equipped with six airbags as standard (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear).  Customers can add optional rear side airbags to this package. 

To ensure that the airbags deploy to their proper positions faster than ever, the Jetta has a special sensor system for detecting crash intensity and deploying the airbags.  The electronics, located centrally in the passenger compartment, evaluate low-frequency ‘palpable’ deceleration signals.  In addition, specially tuned accelerometers measure frequency components in the mid or ‘audible’ range.  These signal components are generated as car body waves when load-bearing structures in the front of the car deform very quickly.  They propagate throughout the vehicle structure at a high speed and make precise information on the severity of the crash available very quickly.

By intelligently interrelating the ‘palpable’ and ‘audible’ signal components, the airbag sensor system obtains a faster and simultaneously more reliable image of the crash.  This makes it possible to adapt the deployment performance of the airbags and belt tensioners to the crash situation in order to provide optimal protection for passengers.  In Germany, this sensor system has been awarded the Bavarian Innovation Prize.

For information on braking systems including ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and Hydraulic Brake Assist, please see the Running Gear section of this press pack.

Euro NCAP test results
The new Jetta has yet to be tested under Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). 

Line-up and insurance groups
Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Jetta has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S 
1.4-litre TSI 122 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E

SE
1.4-litre TSI 122 PS                    TBC
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                    17E

SEL
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                    17E

* BlueMotion Technology

In December 2009, the insurance industry switched from a 1-20 rating system to a 1-50 system.  New ratings are shown here.  The ‘E’ denotes that the vehicle exceeded the Thatcham (ABI) requirements.

WARRANTIES

The Jetta has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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NewJetta – KT / 0411

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The latest generation Jetta, Volkswagen’s medium sized saloon, went on sale in the UK at the start of February 2011, with first customer deliveries in May.  The previous model had been on sale in the UK since February 2006.

Compared to the car it replaces, the new Jetta is 90 mm longer at 4,644 mm with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  This allows the rear legroom to extend by 67 mm.  But the changes to the Jetta extend beyond the stretched wheelbase.  With an elegant new look both inside and out, the Jetta’s panels are not shared with any other Volkswagen.

Despite being a new car, it shares its roots with the previous model, having been unveiled in the US.  While the first generation made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2005, the latest model was revealed to the public in Times Square in New York in June 2010.  And this underlines the importance of the car to the US market.  Now in its sixth generation, a total of 10.1 million examples of the Jetta have been sold since launch in Germany in 1979.  The North American market has traditionally accounted for over 110,000 sales a year.

However it should be noted that the US and European Jetta models are different, with the European version benefiting from the fitment of sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, electro-mechanical steering, a more advanced engine line-up comprising a mix of advanced TSI and TDI common rail diesel engines linked to manual or DSG gearboxes, an upgraded interior and subtle exterior styling changes.

The latest model continues to appeal to those wanting a stylish mid-sized saloon, which is spacious and represents strong value for money.  Three trim levels are available: S, SE and Sport.  All are well-equipped with standard features including air conditioning, an MP3 compatible CD stereo, six airbags, ABS, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), an alarm and folding rear seats.

A range of advanced, clean and frugal TSI and TDI engines are available in the Jetta.  Two petrol engines are offered – joining the 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS (available from June) entry-level engine is a twincharged 1.4-litre TSI unit developing 160 PS.  The diesel range starts with a highly efficient 1.6-litre TDI engine developing 105 PS.  Equipped with BlueMotion Technology features including Stop/Start and battery regeneration as standard, it’s capable of achieving 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 109 g/km of CO2.  A 2.0-litre TDI engine developing 140 PS is also available.

Volkswagen UK expects to sell around 3,000 Jetta models in 2012 (the car’s first full year of sales).  Just under 1,500 were sold in 2010.  Around 55 per cent of sales are expected to go to fleet customers.

The Jetta continues to be produced in Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The Jetta name was first used in Germany in 1979 for a medium-sized Volkswagen saloon car.  The name has continued without interruption in the United States, where the Jetta has long been the best-selling Volkswagen model.  Outside the States, the Jetta name was replaced by Vento between 1991 and 1998, and then Bora between 1998 and 2005.  Since then, Jetta has been the universal name for this car.

SUMMARY

  • The new Jetta, first unveiled in US-form in New York’s Times Square on 15 June 2010, went on sale in European specification in the UK in February 2011 with first customer deliveries in May
  • Differs from the car unveiled in New York with the fitment of sophisticated multi-link rear suspension on all European models, electro-mechanical steering, a more advanced engine line-up comprising a mix of advanced TSI and TDI common rail diesel engines linked to manual or DSG gearboxes, an upgraded interior and subtle exterior styling changes
  • Now in its sixth generation, a total of 10.1 million examples of the Jetta have been sold since launch in Germany in 1979.  The North American market has traditionally accounted for over 110,000 sales a year
  • Compared to the car it replaces, the new Jetta is 90 mm longer at 4,644 mm with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  Rear legroom increases by 67 mm
  • Every visible internal and external panel is new 
  • Styled under Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, the new Jetta draws inspiration from the NCC (New Compact Coupé) concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2010 and adopts the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s design language as exhibited in the new Polo, Passat and Sharan
  • Seats five adults with a 510 litre loadspace and folding rear seat
  • Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
  • Three specification levels will be offered: S, SE and Sport
  • New Jetta adopts a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
  • Petrol options are two 1.4-litre TSI engines developing 122 PS (available from June) and 160 PS
  • Diesel power is derived from a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS unit equipped with BlueMotion Technology modifications and a 2.0-litre TDI engine developing 140 PS
  • BlueMotion Technology modifications include Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems; with these the 1.6-litre TDI variant is capable of returning 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 109 g/km of carbon dioxide
  • Hybrid version is set to go on sale in North America in 2013
  • As with the outgoing car, the new Jetta will be built at the Puebla plant in Mexico
  • Volkswagen UK expects annual sales (from 2012) of around 3,000 Jetta models.  Just under 1,500 were sold in the UK in 2010; the car’s best year was 2007 when 7,812 found homes in the UK
  • Just over half (55 per cent) will be sold into the fleet market
  • 88 per cent are expected to have a diesel engine; the predicted best-seller will be the SE 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS accounting for 28 per cent of sales

Production
The Jetta is produced at the Volkswagen de México’s plant and headquarters in Puebla, the capital of the federal state of the same name, 120 km south-east of Mexico City.  The plant occupies 3,000,000 m2 with about 480,000 m2 of building space.  In January 2011, the cornerstone was laid for a new engine plant in Silao, in the central-Mexican state of Guanajuato.

The Volkswagen facility in Puebla is the biggest automobile factory in Mexico.  All the processes needed for complete car production, including the machining and assembly of engine and axle parts and the stamping of car body parts take place here.  In 2010, 435,341 vehicles were produced in Puebla.  About 80 per cent of this volume was exported. 

Volkswagen de México produces five different models, including the New Beetle, Jetta and Golf Estate.  Puebla also produces engines for self-supply and delivery to all Volkswagen automobile factories in America.  In 2010, 253,853 engines were produced.

Volkswagen de México is one of the biggest employers in the country, with 15,290 staff; 7.2 per cent of the workforce is female, while about one per cent are non-Mexican citizens.  In order to develop the abilities of its employees, Volkswagen has a special school for training and further education (Volkswagen Institute).  As a part of this Institute, Volkswagen has a Language School which provides services not only for Volkswagen employees, but also for external clients through its different offices in the city.  The core part of the programme is technical education through the German dual-system and production technicians are trained here for three years.  This educational offer is also available for other companies that are interested, among them primarily suppliers.

The economical impact of Volkswagen for the Puebla and Tlaxcala states lies not only in the plant itself but also in the presence of more than 50 auto parts suppliers in a 50 km radius.  Twenty of the most important suppliers are located in industrial parks next to the plant, facilitating just-in-time delivery to the assembly line.

The history of Volkswagen in Mexico began in 1954 with the first imported Classic Beetle.  The company Volkswagen de México was founded in 1964 as a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.  The first Beetle left the assembly line in Puebla on March 23, 1967.  On 31 July 2003, the world’s last Classic Beetle was produced in Mexico. 

Next to the plant is the Volkswagen Service Centre, which delivers and services around 70 cars per day mainly for company employees.  This Service Centre also provides advice and support to the dealership network of the Volkswagen Group in Mexico.

In the Mexican market, Volkswagen de México represents not only the Volkswagen Brand, but also SEAT, Audi, Bentley and Porsche.  The range also includes heavy trucks up to 23 tons, which are assembled in Mexico from part kits from Brazil.  The Volkswagen brand is present all over the country with 169 dealerships.  In addition, SEAT has 51, Audi 26, Porsche seven and Bentley one sales and service facility.

Volkswagen de México makes an important contribution to the Mexican economy, as a key source of employment and exports.  Moreover, Volkswagen is committed to the support of socially relevant issues.  Employees and the company have donated more than 1.5 million dollars to sponsor social projects for needy children in the Puebla State in the last eight years.  In 2005, Volkswagen de México created an award to fund investigation and conservation of biodiversity in Mexico.  And since 2008, the company has been funding a long term reforestation programme contributing to the conservation of water reserves in the Puebla area.

DESIGN

The new Jetta is a completely redesigned vehicle – and never before has a Jetta been this large, this sporty or this independent.  Just how independent is evident from the fact that the Jetta no longer shares any body components with the Golf. 

Measuring 4,644 mm in length, the Jetta is 90 mm longer than the model it replaces, with a wheelbase increase of 73 mm to 2,651 mm.  This allows the rear legroom to increase by 67 mm.  A comparison of dimensions illustrates the changes:

  New Jetta Previous Jetta Difference Passat
length, mm 4644 4554 +90 4769
width (without door mirrors), mm 1778 1781 -3 1820
height, mm 1482 1459 +23 1470
wheelbase, mm 2651 2578 +73 2712
luggage capacity, litres 510 527 -17 565

Exterior
Through the interplay of its new exterior dimensions, the Jetta’s design generates a powerful ratio of proportions.  In parallel, the addition of Volkswagen’s latest ‘design DNA’ sharpens the car’s styling.  As a result, clear, precise lines and muscular surfaces impart a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the saloon and give the impression that it is a car from a higher class.

At the front the coupé-like incline of the windscreen and the consistent use of horizontal lines define the Jetta’s design, emphasised by the high gloss black radiator grille and trapezoidal headlights.  The dual round headlights are subdivided by so-called masking blades to form a large upper area with dipped and main beam lights and a narrow lower area with daytime running lights and indicators.  The chrome masking blades continue the horizontal emphasis of the front end lines right into the headlights making the Jetta appear wider and more dynamic.  Under the grille and headlights is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumpers, and below this, an air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler give the front end a sporty finish.  Also designed to be aerodynamic, the Jetta has a Cd value of 0.302.

The transition from the V-shaped bonnet into the side wings produces a powerful effect.  The shoulder section implemented here contributes to the car’s dynamic and muscular styling.  In the Jetta’s side profile, design characteristics that have defined all new Volkswagens of the past year meld to create another interpretation of the ‘design DNA’ conceptualised by the Italian Head of Design of the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the German Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff).

The best example of this is the so-called character or ‘tornado’ line which cuts through the large side surfaces and gives a strong, dynamic appearance.  The door mirrors are designed with integrated turn indicators in the form of narrow stripes, as on the new Passat and Eos models.

The wheelarches are striking.  Thanks to the wide track (front 1,535 mm, rear 1,532 mm) they form a precise transition and can accommodate wheels up to 18 inches in size.  Another typical design characteristic is the line work in the area of the C-pillars.  Here, the trailing edge of the door follows a straight line from the side sill diagonally back into the triangle window; stylistically, this lengthens the door and gives the overall vehicle an even larger and more elegant appearance.

Harmonised surfaces and sporty shoulders also dominate the look at the rear of the Jetta.  The very wide rear window with its coupé-like angle offers excellent rear visibility and at the same time it emphasises the car’s dynamic lines.  Its interplay with the C-pillars, as striking as they are elegant, and the clearly sculpted shoulder section, produces a design that is extremely dominant with a strong presence. 

Equally prominent are the rear lights.  They are split into two sections, extending from the wing into the bootlid and displaying an unmistakable look both day and night.  The bootlid itself has an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge that minimises air turbulence and increases the car’s downforce to the road.  The vertical surface of the bootlid with its integrated ‘VW’ logo and segmented rear lights shows a slight flare – a styling tool that further emphasises the saloon’s sportiness.  To access the 510-litre boot, the bootlid can be opened by remote control.  A special, patented reflector illuminates the entire lower registration plate and boot area together with a uniform light.

Interior
The Jetta’s interior is designed to be of the highest quality.  It’s also created to be comfortable and ergonomic, with all controls within easy reach and intuitive to use.

The silver framed round instruments are designed in the style of the new Passat and are positioned for optimum viewing; the multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.  The new three-spoke steering wheel design (optional leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction keys) impresses both visually and to the touch. 

Further up the centre console are the redesigned and intuitive controls for the climate control and the radio and navigation systems.  This console section is slightly inclined towards the driver to make it easier to see and access.

The handbrake lever has been repositioned, freeing up more space that is now used for larger cup holders.  Numerous storage options − including from SE upwards a centre armrest with large storage box and sunglass holder − all perfect the car’s everyday practicality.

Despite the flatter roofline, the effective headroom for both driver and front passenger has been increased to 1,014 mm.  Both occupants take their places on completely redesigned and ergonomically optimised seats that offer a high level of long-distance travel comfort and ample adjustments (optional eight-way adjustment).  The extended wheelbase, now 2,651 mm, enables a significantly more comfortable layout of the rear space.  Consider knee room: it is now an impressive 1,046 mm, while headroom in the rear, at 943 mm, is still as good as on the previous model. 

All models have a folding rear seat, which is split 60:40 and combined with a load-through provision on SE and Sport models to enhance practicality.  The 510-litre boot can be opened from inside the car by a remote switch (or by unlocking from the exterior or via the standard remote locking key).

Climate control
The Jetta comes as standard with a semi-automatic climate control system known as Climatic.  To keep the cabin fresh and well ventilated there is a good flow of air to front and rear passengers, as well as a pollen filter which operates in both fresh-air and recirculating-air modes.  Using a simple dial control, the Climatic system maintains the desired cabin temperature automatically whatever the temperature outside.

As an option, all models are available with the option of fully automatic 2Zone electronic climate control.  This two-zone device allows driver and front-seat passenger to adjust their own climates individually and independently.  Temperatures within the two zones are maintained to an accuracy of a degree, with no readjustment necessary whatever the outside conditions.  The Climatronic’s intelligent control system even takes into account the amount of sunlight penetration into the cabin, and makes separate calculations to compensate for it on both the driver and passenger sides. 

As an example of further attention to detail, the system switches automatically to recirculating-air mode when reversing and when the windscreen washer sprays are used; the fresh air supply is momentarily cut to prevent smells – of exhaust and windscreen wash – from entering.

ENGINES

The Jetta is available with a choice of four engines: two petrol units – a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS (available from summer) and 160 PS; plus two diesels: a 1.6-litre 105 PS with BlueMotion Technology and a 2.0-litre with 140 PS.  A variety of transmissions is also offered as described in the individual engine sections which follow. 

Petrol engines

TSI technology
In June 2006, Volkswagen launched the latest in a line of innovations with the introduction of TSI petrol technology.  Previous engines have used FSI technology, whereby petrol is injected directly into the combustion chamber to improve efficiency and hence reduce fuel consumption and emissions.  Taking this further, TSI can an FSI engine which is then dual-charged through a combination of an engine driven supercharger and an exhaust gas turbocharger arranged in series.  Alternatively, lower powered TSI units use simply a sophisticated turbocharger.

The driving characteristics of TSI engines are improved over those of a conventional FSI unit.  With twincharged versions, the belt-driven supercharger on the higher-powered derivatives operates at the lower engine speeds, with the turbocharger coming in as engine speed increases.  The result of this is excellent driveability and performance throughout the range with no turbo lag and high maximum torque.

Key to the TSI’s success is that direct injection allows an abnormally high compression ratio of 10:1 to be used in conjunction with high maximum boost pressure of up to 2.5 bar absolute.  This enables the relatively small engine to use very high gearing to provide exceptional fuel efficiency for a petrol engine, particularly at motorway cruising speeds.  As an additional bonus, the TSI engine provides driver enjoyment, producing high power and torque across a rev range from 1,000 to 6,500 rpm.

TSI technology has received international acclaim, with, among other awards, the 1.4-litre TSI claiming the title of International Engine of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

1.4-litre TSI, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 122 PS (from summer 2011)
This turbocharged unit produces peak power of 122 PS at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque of 200 Nm (148 lbs ft) from 1,500 up to 4,000 rpm.  It is combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Like all Jetta engines, this TSI fulfils the Euro5 standard.  With this standard in mind, the emissions system of the 122 PS TSI was equipped with a modified composition for the catalytic converter’s noble metal lining.

The turbocharger in this engine is designed to be compact and lightweight, giving good performance with low consumption and emissions.  It is thanks to the very quick response of the turbocharger and the low-profile design of intake and exhaust cams together with variable inlet valve timing, that 80 per cent of the maximum torque is already available at 1,250 rpm.

Another notable aspect of the 122 PS TSI is its water-cooled intercooler located directly in the induction pipe.  It is part of a low-temperature coolant loop that is independent of the engine coolant system.  The advantage of this is that the inlet system can have a smaller volume than where a conventional air-to-air intercooler is used, and this in turn considerably shortens the time required to reach a charge pressure of 1,800 millibar in the induction system.  As a result this engine suffers little so-called ‘turbo lag’.

Carbon dioxide emissions are 144 g/km.  Further performance and economy data will be available closer to launch. 

1.4-litre, 1,390 cc TSI, 16-valve 4-cyl, 160 PS
This 1.4-litre TSI unit uses supercharging and turbocharging to produce an impressive 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lbs ft) of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.  It is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.  Carbon dioxide emissions are 147 g/km for the manual and 140 for the DSG.  Further performance and economy data will be available soon.

Diesel engines
All Jettas use Volkswagen’s common rail diesel technology, ensuring they are frugal, clean and refined.  Naturally they all comply with Euro5 emissions standards.  All common rail units have low emissions of particulate matter (PM).  However, Volkswagen fits a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard on all common rail engines which is designed to minimise remaining traces of PM.  The DPF is self-regenerating and requires no routine maintenance.

1.6-litre TDI, 1598 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
The entry-level TDI is a 1.6-litre unit developing 105 PS, and featuring Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology modifications.  It is available with a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. 

Key features of this common rail engine are good acoustic qualities, performance throughout the rev range, and extremely low levels of fuel consumption and emissions.  Through the common rail system the diesel fuel is injected with a pressure of 1,600 bar directly into the combustion chamber, with the multiple injections and diesel volumes precisely controlled via special piezo actuators.  With a view to achieving the highest possible reduction in friction within the engine, Volkswagen engineers optimised the layout of the crankshaft drive, valve train and oil-pump drive.  Meanwhile, a quadratic bore/stroke ratio ensures minimal friction loss at the cylinder liners.  Throttling losses in the oil and coolant circulation and in the intake system and charge-air duct have also been reduced through ongoing development and enhancement. 

This engine has a power output of 105 PS at 4,400 rpm with maximum torque of 250 Nm (185 lbs ft) from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm.  It can reach 62 mph from standstill in 11.7 seconds and has a top speed of 118 mph.  Frugality is its key appeal with a combined consumption of 67.3 mpg (65.7 DSG) and carbon dioxide emissions of 109 g/km (113 DSG). 

BlueMotion Technology
A range of vehicles has been developed by Volkswagen that strikes a balance between the highly focussed BlueMotion vehicles (available for Polo, Golf and Passat) and the conventional products on which they are based.  The range, carrying the ‘BlueMotion Technology’ badge, combines efficiency with comfort and equipment to create vehicles that deliver greater economy and produce fewer emissions yet are practical as well as conventional to drive, service and maintain.

The Jetta 1.6-litre TDI is badged BlueMotion Technology and features wheels with low rolling resistance tyres to enhance economy, as well as, on SE and Sport models, a multifunction computer which includes visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption.  In addition it has a Stop/Start function and battery regeneration.  

The Jetta’s automatic Stop/Start system is operated through the clutch pedal.  When coming to a halt at traffic lights, for example, the driver depresses the clutch and selects neutral.  When the clutch is released, the engine shuts down and a ‘Start / Stop’ symbol illuminates on the multifunction display.  In order to move away, the driver simply depresses the clutch once again to select first gear and the engine restarts automatically.  On DSG variants, the engine shuts down and restarts in response to the brake pedal.  The system can be deactivated through a switch, if necessary.

A battery regeneration system helps to utilise energy that would otherwise be lost during braking.  In deceleration and braking phases, the alternator’s voltage is boosted and used for bulk recharging of the car’s battery.  Thanks to alternator control, it is possible to lower alternator voltage, for example during deceleration or driving at a constant speed.  It is even possible to switch off the alternator entirely which reduces engine load and improves fuel consumption.

2.0-litre TDI, 1968 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 140 PS
Fuel injection for the Jetta’s 1,968 cc diesel engine is handled by the latest generation common rail system, with up to 1,800 bar injection pressure and special injection nozzles delivering especially fine atomisation of the fuel.  Control of the eight-hole injection nozzles is achieved by the latest generation of piezo in-line injectors.  Electrically-controlled piezo crystals, assisted by a hydraulic element, inject the right amount of fuel in just fractions of a second.  Compared with conventional solenoid valves, piezo technology enables more flexible injection processes with smaller and more precisely metered fuel volumes.  This leads to a very quiet and smooth running engine and exceptionally quick throttle response with low fuel consumption and emissions.

The Jetta 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 140 PS at 4,200 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lbs ft) of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm; it is available with a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.

It has a zero to 62 mph time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (129 DSG).  Fuel consumption remains impressive with a combined figure of 58.9 mpg (53.3 DSG) and CO2 emissions of 126 g/km (138 DSG). 

Gearboxes

Five- and six-speed manual
The 1.6-litre TDI Jetta comes with a standard five-speed manual gearbox.  Other manual models have a six-speed gearbox featuring a magnesium selector housing and cable operation with very short lever movements.  Three-cone synchromesh for the lower gears ensures a pleasant shift action.  Reduced-friction bearings further increase the efficiency of the unit and cut fuel consumption.

All gearboxes in the Jetta are filled with lifetime oil and require no routine maintenance.

DSG – Direct Shift Gearbox 
First launched in 2005, Volkswagen’s Direct Shift Gearbox combines the comfort of an automatic gearbox with the responsiveness and economy of a manual unit.  In the Jetta it is available in combination with the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesel engine.

The six-speed, transversely mounted DSG unit has two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation.  One clutch controls the ‘odd’ gears plus reverse, while the other operates the ‘even’ gears.  Essentially it is two gearboxes in one.

With this clutch management system, the interruptions in power that are typical of even an automatic-shift manual gearbox no longer occur.  This is achieved by an intelligent hydraulic and electronic (mechatronic) gearbox control system, the two wet-type clutches and the two input and output shafts in each half of the gearbox.

This combination enables the next-higher gear ratio to remain engaged but on standby until it is actually selected.  In other words, if the car is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated.  As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision.

Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second.  In addition to its fully automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic function to permit manual gear selection. 

Seven-speed DSG 
The Jetta 1.6-litre TDI and 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS are available with a seven-speed DSG transmission.  This, another world-first for Volkswagen, uses a pair of dry clutches (as opposed to the wet ones in the six-speed version) to improve fuel efficiency and performance.  The pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra gear ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system.  Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel the gearbox is remarkably compact. 

In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill.  By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of further improving economy and comfort levels.

The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent.  The lubrication circuits are divided into two to maintain the purity of the oil.  As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators.  Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil has been reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed system.

It should be noted that both DSG gearboxes are application specific.  The six-speed version can be paired with high torque engines (up to 350 Nm) while the seven-speed variant is more effective in combination with smaller engines with torque outputs of up to 250 Nm.  

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Jetta.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its use. 

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months. 

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys.  The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.  In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service.  A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed. 

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.  An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

In designing the Jetta’s chassis, engineers set out to find a good combination of driving dynamics and comfort.  At the front the Jetta uses strut-type suspension with coil springs and telescoping shock absorbers, while at the rear there is a multi-link system with independent wheel suspension, gas dampers and separate springs.  Anti-roll bars front and rear contribute towards the car’s dynamic handling and performance.

The Jetta has a wide track (1,535 mm front, 1,532 mm rear) and a turning circle of 11.1 metres.

Electro-mechanical power steering
Like the previous generation, the Jetta benefits from an electro-mechanical power steering system.  Unlike some similar steering systems, the Jetta’s is able to vary the steering feel to suit the speed and driving situation: firm and direct when driving hard, effortless at parking speeds.  Other advantages of the system include its mild self-centring action, its ability to compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers, and a beneficial effect on fuel economy.

Braking system
All Jettas have disc brakes all round, with ventilated discs at the front.  Lower powered versions have 280 mm diameter at the front and 272 rear; while higher powered models have 288 mm diameter front discs and 272 mm at the rear.

Standard equipment on all Jettas is Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Programme with counter steering support and trailer stabilisation, which includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic differential lock (EDL), traction control (ASR) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with counter-steering support and trailer stabilisation
Essentially, ESP is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions. 

The latest generation of ESP fitted to the Jetta has a finer response, counter-steering recommendation and offers trailer stabilisation. 

This function can be activated by a Volkswagen Retailer when a Volkswagen-approved towbar is fitted.  This system extends the capability of the normal ESP purely through a software extension.  It does not require additional sensors. 

When the onset of yawing of a trailer is detected by the ESP control module the system automatically reduces or cuts engine power and applies the brakes to appropriate wheels dynamically in phase with the yawing to oppose the snaking motion and stabilise the vehicle/trailer combination.  When stability is achieved the brakes and engine power return to normal control.  During the automatic braking process the brake lights are turned on even though the driver may not be touching the brake pedal.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA
Working in conjunction with the other elements of the braking system, this latest form of HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.   

Hillhold function
All Jettas have a standard hill hold function.  The system is useful when the car stops for short periods such as in heavy town traffic or on a long incline.  The parking brake now comes on automatically whenever the vehicle is brought to rest preventing the car from rolling forwards or backwards for around two seconds. 

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The Jetta is offered in three different trim levels: S, SE and Sport.  Key items of specification for each trim level are shown below, while comprehensive details can be found in the price list at www.vwpress.co.uk.

S 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS
S 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology 105 PS

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), including ASR (traction control) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • remote control central locking plus immobiliser and alarm with interior protection
  • hill hold function
  • electric windows front and rear; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • driver and front passenger’s front and side airbags with passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers
  • driver and front passenger’s whiplash-optimised head restraints
  • three rear head restraints and three-point seatbelts
  • driver and front passenger’s seat height adjustment
  • height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • air conditioning, ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic control
  • folding rear seat backrest
  • Isofix child seat preparation for two outer rear seats
  • glovebox, cooled, lockable and illuminated
  • multifunction computer, Midline
  • RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • body-coloured bumpers and door handles
  • body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology
  • halogen clear headlights, range adjustable with daytime running lights
  • chrome trim in cabin
  • three-spoke steering wheel
  • 6½J x 16 steel wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres
  • full size steel spare wheel

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • low rolling resistance tyres
  • battery regeneration
  • Stop/Start function
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

SE 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS
SE 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS
SE 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

Different from or in addition to S models, SE models feature:

  • front comfort seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
  • decorative black inserts in cabin
  • cruise control
  • front centre armrest with storage compartment, two rear air vents and cup holders
  • front seat back storage pockets
  • rear centre armrest with two integrated cup holders
  • storage compartment in roof console for sunglasses
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • split folding rear seat (60:40) and load-through provision
  • Multi Device Interface (MDI) with USB and iPod connection cables
  • RCD 310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers and AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source, eg iPod
  • 6½J x 16 ‘Navarra’ alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • low rolling resistance tyres
  • battery regeneration
  • Stop/Start function
  • Highline multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

Sport 1.4-litre TSI 160 PS
Sport 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BlueMotion Technology
Sport 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS

At the top of the range, Sport models gain:

  • chrome side window surrounds
  • heat insulating tinted glass from B-pillar backwards
  • front sport seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • automatic dimming rear-view mirror
  • rain sensor
  • dusk sensor, automatic driving lights
  • flat tyre indicator
  • front fog lights including static cornering function
  • sports suspension, lowered by approx. 15 mm
  • 7J x 17 ‘Queensland’ alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres and anti-theft bolts
  • temporary steel spare wheel

1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology model adds:

  • 6½J x 16 ‘Atlanta’ alloy wheels with rolling resistance tyres plus full size spare
  • battery regeneration; Stop/Start function
  • Highline multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation
  • unique BlueMotion Technology badging

FACTORY-FIT OPTIONS

A number of factory- and retailer-fit options are available for the Jetta, allowing buyers to personalise their vehicles for their bespoke tastes and needs.  Options include alloy wheel upgrades, leather upholstery, parking sensors, Bluetooth phone preparation and satellite navigation systems and audio upgrades.  For full details of availability and prices please see the latest price list.

Parking sensor pack
Optional on all Jettas is a parking sensor pack which incorporates parking sensors front and rear plus reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on the passenger’s door mirror. 

This system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  It also incorporates an optical parking display via the vehicle’s audio system. 

Telephone preparation
The Jetta is available with the option of preparation for Bluetooth HFP (Hands Free Profile) enabled telephones.  Here, the driver’s mobile phone is integrated into the vehicle’s systems without it being removed from a jacket pocket, for example.  The actual mobile phone functions in the car are dealt with by a fixed telephone installation that obtains the necessary data from the SIM card of the mobile phone.  The telephone is controlled using a separate keyboard, the multifunction steering wheel or by voice command.  The price for this depends on specification level chosen as SE and Sport already have a multifunction steering wheel and therefore a smaller premium.

RNS 310 touchscreen satellite navigation/radio system
All Jettas can be specified with Volkswagen’s RNS 310 satellite navigation system.  This installation uses a five-inch touchscreen for fast, intuitive operation of the entertainment and navigation menus and displaying of information.  Key features include a CD drive for navigation disc or audio CDs, an integrated SD memory card reader from which files can be retrieved, plus an AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source, eg iPod or MP3 player.

The navigation function offers a moving map in the colour display panel, integrated direction symbols as well as spoken instructions. 

For the navigation to function, rear ABS wheel sensors are used to determine the distance the car has covered and to provide information when the car is turning.  Further system components include a solid state magnetic compass concealed under the roof and a three-way roof aerial for radio and GPS (Global Positioning System).  The aerial receives signals from the satellites in orbit from which the system is able to calculate the position of the car on the surface of the earth.

RNS 510 DVD touchscreen satellite navigation/radio system
Also available on SE and Sport models is Volkswagen’s RNS 510 satellite navigation system.  This features a six and a half inch colour screen plus integrated voice control system which responds to spoken voice commands for navigation, CD and radio functions.

As well as playing CDs in the usual manner, favourite tracks can also be stored onto the internal, 30 GB hard-drive via an SD card slot in the front of the unit.  The hard-drive can also be used to store navigation mapping.  In addition routes can be recorded while driving and then re-traced by following guidance provided by the stored waypoints.  

SAFETY AND SECURITY

As is expected of any Volkswagen, the Jetta exhibits the highest levels of occupant protection, and safety is indeed engineered into the car’s design.

High-strength, form-hardened steels are used in the Jetta’s construction.  These special steels help to create an extremely safe vehicle structure while avoiding weight gains.  The impact energy of any crash is routed through defined load paths according to the crash type, to absorb a share of the energy that would otherwise impact on the car’s occupants.

These extremely high-strength steels were used to produce such structures as the A-, B- and C-pillars as well as the cant rails.

In terms of passive safety, the Jetta is equipped with six airbags as standard (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear).  Customers can add optional rear side airbags to this package. 

To ensure that the airbags deploy to their proper positions faster than ever, the Jetta has a special sensor system for detecting crash intensity and deploying the airbags.  The electronics, located centrally in the passenger compartment, evaluate low-frequency ‘palpable’ deceleration signals.  In addition, specially tuned accelerometers measure frequency components in the mid or ‘audible’ range.  These signal components are generated as car body waves when load-bearing structures in the front of the car deform very quickly.  They propagate throughout the vehicle structure at a high speed and make precise information on the severity of the crash available very quickly.

By intelligently interrelating the ‘palpable’ and ‘audible’ signal components, the airbag sensor system obtains a faster and simultaneously more reliable image of the crash.  This makes it possible to adapt the deployment performance of the airbags and belt tensioners to the crash situation in order to provide optimal protection for passengers.  In Germany, this sensor system has been awarded the Bavarian Innovation Prize.

For information on braking systems including ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and Hydraulic Brake Assist, please see the Running Gear section of this press pack.

Euro NCAP test results
The new Jetta has yet to be tested under Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). 

Line-up and insurance groups
Thanks to its impressive security and safety features, the Jetta has secured the following insurance group ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers):

S 
1.4-litre TSI 122 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E

SE
1.4-litre TSI 122 PS                    TBC
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                    17E

SEL
1.4-litre TSI 160 PS                    TBC
1.6-litre TDI 105 PS BMT*           12E
2.0-litre TDI 140 PS                    17E

* BlueMotion Technology

In December 2009, the insurance industry switched from a 1-20 rating system to a 1-50 system.  New ratings are shown here.  The ‘E’ denotes that the vehicle exceeded the Thatcham (ABI) requirements.

WARRANTIES

The Jetta has a three year (first and second year manufacturer operated, third year retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year anti-perforation guarantee, three year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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