New Jetta puts the boot in

11 Jun, 2010 1:43pm Luke Madden

VW reveals bigger, better four-door, no longer based on Golf

VOLKSWAGEN has unveiled an all-new version of its Jetta saloon – but this time it’s not based on the bigger-selling Golf hatchback.

By making the four-door an independent model, designers have been able to work from scratch. The result is a stylish shape that is better proportioned than the previous Jetta’s, thanks to a 90mm increase in length.

At the front, bold horizontal lines give the four-door a mature face, while the shoulder line running from front to rear is lifted from the stylish NCC hybrid concept coupé, unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

Inside, the longer wheelbase has allowed for a more spacious cabin, with extra rear legroom. There’s also a new engine line-up. It kicks off with a 104bhp 1.2 TSI petrol unit, followed by a 121bhp 1.4 TSI and a range-topping 200bhp 2.0-litre TSI. Diesel options comprise a 104bhp 1.6 TDI and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI.

All bar the 1.2 can be specified with the twin-clutch DSG gearbox. BlueMotion versions of the 1.2 and 1.6 will include a stop-start system and brake regeneration. The petrol car promises 44mpg economy and 124g/km of CO2; the diesel 69mpg and 109g/km.

Prices are expected to start at around £17,000 when the Jetta hits UK showrooms in May 2011.

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