Review

Volkswagen Jetta saloon

Price  £18,095 - £23,640

Volkswagen Jetta saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Cheaper than a Golf
  • More passenger space than Golf, too
  • Cavernous boot
Cons
  • Low-spec base car
  • Saloon body not as versatile as hatch
  • Dull image

Whether you think of the Volkswagen Jetta as a saloon version of the Volkswagen Golf (it's built using the same platform as the previous generation of Golf) or a manageable alternative to the larger dimensions of the Volkswagen Passat, it shares the same high standards as the rest of the VW range. It certainly looks more like a Passat, but underneath it's pure Golf. That means tried and tested components and parts, but it's longer to give more space inside the Jetta. The Passat-alike styling certainly makes it look more grown up – or dull, depending your point of view. As with the rest of the VW range, the Jetta is well constructed from high-quality materials. Engines on offer include a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, plus 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels. The 1.6-litre TDI is also offered fitted with VW's BlueMotion Technology pack, which uses stop-start to save fuel by turning the engine off when the car is in neutral. The Jetta comes in three specifications – entry-level S, mid-range SE and top-of-the-range Sport.