VW Jetta 1.6 TDi review

VW Jetta 1.6 TDi

Volkswagen have been building small family cars for a long time, and it shows. They know how. The ‘new’ Jetta is very very competent.

It’s got a fairly roomy, comfortable and well thought out interior, it’s got a huge boot, it’s got good road manners, acceleration and speed, it’s got frugal engines, it’s got style,it’s got god build quality, in short it’s got what it takes.

In my opinion Volkswagen group car interiors are top flight. Some may say a little sombre, but I like them. The Jetta cabin is to my mind just right. It is a little plastic especially at the back, but up front it’s pretty good. You feel good sitting in the Jetta.

The 1.6 DTi engine is a little noisy at times, but it delivers very good power, torque, economy and all round performance.


The new Jetta looks good. It is no longer a Golf with a boot tacked on, but a car in its own right. It has a classy interior and smart flowing lines.

Good points

The Jetta’s biggest selling points must be its huge boot and classy interior.

Roadholding and handling are on a par with the best of its competition which includes Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. It is a pleasure to drive.

As is tradition with a Jetta, the boot is enormous for this size car. The overall impression is of quality.

Bad points

A little on the expensive side for what you get. Seems a little tighter or smaller than its peers. Needs kitting out with optional extras which quickly adds to the price.


VW offer 7 Jettas. From the 1.2TSI  Trendline at R222 000 to the 2.0 TDi Highline at R297 200. We tested the 1.6 TDi Comfortline DSG at R274 000.

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