Jig-A-Jetta - Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI

Photos and text by Ben Chia, CarBuyer.

There's much to say for keeping a winning formula going. Volkswagen notably are strong proponents of this philosophy, with their strong-selling Golf hatchback having retained pretty much the same formula since its introduction nearly four decades ago now, with most of the major developments happening under the skin. And of course, the iconic Beetle kept going for over half a century with barely any changes, before it was renewed for the new millennium.

The same idea is replicated on a smaller scale with the new Jetta we have here. Well, when we say 'new', we mean something more of a mid-life update. Nevertheless, Volkswagen insists that the changes to the refreshed Jetta are more than just cosmetic, and that there are efficiency enhancements as well.

You can get Xenon headlights as options on the refreshed Jetta

 

But let's go for the obvious first. At first glance it can be hard to tell the difference between this and the outgoing version, but those with sharp eyes will notice the slightly different lights front and rear, and the redesigned front grille. You can specify Xenon lights as an option, as shown here on our mid-spec Highline test car, and they come with distinctive LED daytime running lights to go along as well. LED taillights are also optional items you can spec too for your Jetta.

The interior has also been updated. Note new steering wheel.

Inside, the Jetta's cabin has been cleaned up and updated a tad. The multi-function steering wheel will be familiar to anyone who has sat inside a new Golf lately, and so is the infotainment system, which is of the newer variety that is found in more recent Volkswagen models. Otherwise, the interior is pretty much the same, familiar layout that Volkswagen drivers will recognise.

Various enhancements has made the Jetta more aerodynamic and efficient than before

The various bits and bops have served to not just give the Jetta a slightly more refreshed look, but also to improve efficiency a tad, up to 10 per cent in fact according to Volkswagen. The various restyled bits help to reduce air drag, for example, resulting in smoother aerodynamic qualities, and therefore aiding with efficiency and performance improvements. Fuel economy, for one, is now quoted at 6.0 litres per 100km, dropping from 6.3 litres previously. And top speed is upped from 199km/h to 202km/h.

1.4-litre 122bhp TSI turbocharged petrol engine provides decent performance for everyday driving

It's all minor changes really, and to be honest one would be hard pressed to tell the difference. But that's probably down to the fact that the Jetta was already a rather competent product to begin with, and any improvements will have to be pretty major to be felt. In everyday driving, the Jetta is mostly agreeable, offering adequate power from its 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine with 122bhp. Paired to Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, the Jetta is a smooth operator that hardly kicks up any fuss.

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