Review

Volkswagen Jetta saloon

£18,895 - £24,795

Whether you think of the Volkswagen Jetta as a saloon version of the Volkswagen Golf (it's built on the same platform as the previous-generation Golf) or a manageable alternative to the larger 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 the Jetta is longer to give more space inside. The Passat-like styling certainly makes the Jetta look 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 two 2.0-litre TDI diesels – one with 108bhp and another with 148bhp. All get VW's BlueMotion Technology, which uses a stop-start system 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 GT.