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The new Volkswagen Jetta is competent, well-priced and rather drab
22 Aug 2011
VOLKSWAGEN has redefined its Jetta sedan, moving away from converting its Golf hatch into a sedan and starting from a blank canvas to enable a longer wheelbase for a roomier interior and better-proportioned looks for greater showroom appeal.
The larger footprint also places the segment-straddling Jetta more firmly in the mid-size category, being just 25mm shorter than its more expensive Passat stablemate.
Plenty of Golf-derived engineering is still hidden under the Jetta's larger, all-new, Californian-designed bodywork, and much of its interior will be familiar to anyone who has travelled in the brand’s popular small hatch.
Volkswagen has further broadened the Jetta’s appeal by taking a scalpel to the price but is it enough to compete in the tough medium sedan market?
Model release date: 1 August 2011 to 1 January 2015
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JettaReleased: November 2009
Ended: July 2011
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A MILDLY facelifted Jetta emerged from VW’s South African production facility with only a different alloy wheel design differentiating it from the Mexican-built predecessor launched in early 2006.
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