Jetta ready, here it comes

It’s got per­for­mance, style and a big boot. CHRIS RI­LEY likes what he sees

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - QUICKS QUIZ -

FOR those in the know the 147kW Jetta is, or was, the equiv­a­lent of the Golf GTI, but with a boot.

It has the same en­gine but not quite the same level of spec­i­fi­ca­tion as the GTI, al­though the 147kW en­gine has now been su­per­seded by the more pow­er­ful sixth gen­er­a­tion Golf.

Still, the Jetta is big­ger than you might think and the 2.0-litre tur­bocharged en­gine re­mains pretty sharp.

The Jetta 147TSI is priced from $38,990 plus on road costs.

The 2.0-litre pro­duces 147kW of power at 5100 revs and 280Nm of torque from 1800 revs.

It is equipped as stan­dard with Volk­wa­gen’s ac­claimed six-speed DSG gear­box (not the dry clutch seven-speed unit) which delivers quick changes and bet­ter fuel econ­omy.

Talk­ing about econ­omy, it’s of­fi­cially rated at 7.8 litres/100km (we were run­ning on empty with 665km on the clock at 7.4 litres/ 100km).

Note it has a 55-litre tank and takes pre­mium grade 95 RON un­leaded.

Sports sus­pen­sion is stan­dard on this model (15mm lower) and it is fit­ted with 17 inch al­loys and lower pro­file 225/45 tyres.

Per­for­mance from the tur­bocharged en­gine is sharp, the car steers and han­dles well— but it sim­ply lacks the ex­cite­ment of the GTI.

The dash from 0-100km/h takes a brisk 7.2 sec­onds. rear com­bined with a graph­i­cal ‘‘Op­ti­cal’’ park­ing sys­tem.

A new choice of trims give the range an at­trac­tive update and are com­bined with a new steer­ing wheel and re­vised in­stru­ment clus­ter.

Dual zone air is part of the pack­age as is a 10 speaker, six-stack CD based sound sys­tem with an AUX in­put.

But you don’t get full leather for this price nor do you get Blue­tooth which will cost you ex­tra. Tthe lat­ter should be stan­dard.

In­ter­est­ingly, for around the same price, you can get a Skoda Oc­tavia RS with the same en­gine.

Nice car. Not as os­ten­ta­tious as the GTI which is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing. Plenty of room for four adults, and a bloody big boot to go with it.

Jetta has full safety equip­ment in­clud­ing six airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol and anti-lock brakes.

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