The Golf-based Volkswagen Jetta saloon is practical and economical
If you like the Golf, but think that it’s too boxy and common, there’s the Jetta. Essentially a Volkswagen, Golf with a boot. Unless you want to carry a wardrobe this may be better for you because its luggage capacity is greater and the rear seats fold down.
Even though it is built on the same platform as the golf it has a slightly longer wheelbase resulting in more rear legroom. Large front and rear door bins and glove box add to practicality. As for standard equipment it is pretty good, but the best model is the mid-spec ‘SE’ because as well as central locking, air conditioning and anti-skid control, it adds USB interface with the stereo, Bluetooth and cruise control.
The Jetta has a range of excellent engines, but for maximum economy, check out the 1.6 TDi BlueMotion diesel as Volkswagen claim it will do 67mpg. What’s it like to drive? Well it’s just like the Golf really, which is no bad thing. You get precise steering, hardly any body roll around corners and lots of grip; a combination which brings a smile to your face on a twisty road. However on a motorway it is relaxing to drive being quiet and comfortable. All controls are light around town. On the downside, unlike the Golf, the Jetta feels as if it has been built on a budget.
Although the controls feel solid, the door trims feel like a hard cheap plastic. Fit tolerances of fit and finish not so high as the Golf.
Maybe, it’s better think of it, not as, a ‘Golf’ but a smaller Passat.
Improved styling, rear legroom, large boot