Volkswagen's sixth-generation Jetta is now on sale in Australia. The new car features more sombre, straight-edged styling to differentiate it from the Golf that it's based on. Indeed, the Jetta is now some 7cm longer between the wheels than the Golf.
Three engines are available in the new range: a 118kW/240Nm twincharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, a 103kW/320Nm 2-litre turbo-diesel and a 147kW/280Nm 2-litre turbo petrol. All models, except the base model, come fitted with a dual-clutch automated transmission as standard.
Kicking off at a very attractive AU$26,490, the base model Jetta comes equipped with the twincharged engine, six airbags, traction and stability control, LED wing mirror indicators, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, multifunction trip computer and manual transmission. The standard 8-speaker RCD310 audio system features steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth for hands-free and music streaming, USB connectivity and a CD slot.
Step up to the AU$32,490 Comfortline and you'll gain 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, front- and rear-parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, and the choice of either the twincharged motor or the diesel.
The AU$37,990 Highline comes with the 147kW engine as standard, as well as leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, lowered sports suspension and storage drawers under the front seats. The audio system is upgraded with the RCD510 head unit that features a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, six CD stacker, SD card slot and USB port.
The brilliant RNS510 entertainment and nav system is an available extra on all models, but no amount of love nor money will get you xenon headlights or a reversing camera.