Volkswagen Jetta Test Drive Review

Written by: A Wafi Ismail,

If you're looking for a car that is suitable for long drives, the Volkswagen Jetta is definitely a car to consider.

The Volkswagen Jetta, which was recently launched in Brunei, adds one more to the existing variety of Volkswagen brand models. This car model that is prided by Germany, now being assembled in India, brings with it the same quality principles as its counterparts.

The Jetta offers an inspiring drive that combines elements of sportiness, elegance and safety, without compromising with Volkswagen's commitment to sustainability aspects through the efficient use of fuel. An interesting thing about this car is that in terms of its design it seems to match the aspect of classical modernity, especially with the size of 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille and twin exhaust pipes that has to some extent turned the Jetta into a sporty and elegant looking car.

Judging by its appearance, the Jetta seems like a normal family car with a classical style to it. It is combined with the actual design and innovative features. Many would think that it is not suited for the youngsters.

But do not be mistaken! Despite this car's humble appearance, it is capable of achieving an acceleration of over 122 bhp at 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,500-4,000rpm. With its capacity of 1,390cc, the Jetta's engine can reach a top speed of 202km/h from 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds as a good marker in this Jetta model output. All this is possible because of the Turbocharger equipment that the Jetta utilizes which is sure to make it a competitive rival among other sporty cars. The Jetta has a 1.4 liter TSI engine, in-line petrol engine with 16 valves and turbocharger as its main components.

During this Raya season, most of us, as we usual do, celebrate by visiting our relatives. Some even travel long distances to see relatives or friends that live far from where they do, as I, the author of this blog, did. It was in my long journey to Kuala Belait when I decided to grab my opportunity of test-driving the Volkswagen Jetta.

The Volkswagen Jetta does not only provide comfort for the whole family while driving. I, first-handedly during the test-drive, found the Jetta even fun to ride as it is fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission gear box that permits not even a single unwelcomed jerk from occuring upon changing gears.

Seeing the Jetta’s headboard, which looks similar to any average car's, one might again think that it is only as ordinary. This is not true, as it is fitted with modern utilities that enhance driving performance, and as a result, comfort, for both the driver and the passengers, such as its multi-function steering wheel, a gear lever and leather-cladded hand-brake lever.

Among other useful utilities of the Jetta are its anti-glare rear-view mirror, four automatic side windows, and an items storage space that also functions as a cooler. It is a quite disappointing fact that the Jetta doesn’t have any built-in USB port or AUX. It does, however, have an “RCD 310” radio, MP3/WMA audio system, a CD player and 8 speakers.

The Jetta's head space is satisfyingly spacious. Its passengers’ space, both front and back is large enough as well that one wouldn’t have much trouble moving around inside the car.

Even I, throughout the test-drive, could feel the significant added comfort from being inside the spacious Volkswagen Jetta. It is amazing how Volkswagen managed to plan the designs that are so simple, yet so functional and presentable.

The Jetta’s steering wheel is equipped with switches to control audio and receive incoming calls via Bluetooth.

Comfort is one of Volkswagen’s point of focus in ensuring that car owners are satisfied. On each of its front seat, a lumbar adjust aide and a storage space are installed.

Depending on the driver, the Jetta’s fuel usage would be between 5.0-7.7 liters per 100 kilometres with a 55 liter tank. The approximate fuel cost per drive for the Jetta would be B$29.

The Jetta has a height of 1,482mm, a width of 1,778mm, and a length of 4,644mm which helps in terms of its stability. That, in addition to its height and width, gives it an above average handling rating for a sedan.

Its enhanced braking system aids the driver by responding immediately when faced with an unexpected situation.

Volkswagen consistently keeps an eye on the safety factor of its products. This fact is evident in the Jetta design which includes six airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP), electronically-controlled Anti-locking Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Pressure Distribution (EBD), Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL), Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR), Hill Hold Control, ISOFIX which allows up to two infant-suited seats to be placed, reverse sensor, break pad wear indicator, rain detector and etc.

To anyone interested in making a reservation for a Volkswagen Jetta test-drive, do visit the Volkswagen Showroom at Syarikat Maju Motors Sdn Berhad, Telanai.