Citi Vivo

Citi Vivo

Remember this?

Citi Golf 1985

Citi Golf 1985

Thought you would.

Production of the Citi Golf at the Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage ended in 2009 after 25 years. The plant produced over 377 000 units many of which are still on our roads. The Citi Golf gained some of its popularity from the quirky and humorous television and print adverts that told a South Africa story. These adverts were complemented by the engineering ingenuity that gave Citi Golf longevity in the local market and cult status.

Citi Vivo 2017

Citi Vivo 2017

It’s 2017 and VW need to give the Vivo a bit of vim.

“There is no better way to celebrate the success of the Polo Vivo as the best-selling passenger car in South Africa than to pay homage to its iconic predecessor, Citi Golf. The three colours of Red, Yellow and Blue are synonymous with the classic Citi Golf and it was fitting for us to use them as the only colours for Citi Vivo. Citi Vivo is a special edition with about 2 000 units planned,” said Stefan Mecha, Director: Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Group South Africa.

Mecha added: “Polo Vivo is a proudly South African car with German engineering ingenuity. About 70% of its parts are sourced locally which has helped local suppliers to create jobs. Polo Vivo has the best resale value in its class.”

The Citi Vivo is based on the 1.4i Conceptline, but gets 15-inch alloy wheels painted in white (similar to the original Citi Golf), side mirrors painted in white, door and tailgate handles in white and CITI decals.

Its recommended selling price is R177 300.

VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi Comfortline review

VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi Comfortline

My wife watches a programme on Dstv where they give people a little pizazz or new lease on life by giving them a new hairstyle, change of wardrobe, show them which-make up suits them and so on. A bit of spit and polish, as it were.

That’s more or less what the engineers at VW’s  massive Puebla plant in Mexico, where Tiguan is made, did. Sure the new Tiguan is built on the new MQB platform and is longer and wider than the first generation car, but it’s more of the same recipe many South Africans loved. Brought up to date by giving it bolder styling, new tech under the skin and improvements in economy and ride quality.

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VW Tiguan 1.4 at the Tasting Station Elgin.

We tested the 1.4 TSi turbo-petrol engined manual derivative. It is a pleasant car to drive. I think the performance is fine and the handling is excellent, perhaps partly due to the lowering by 30mm of the new version compared to the original. The highly adjustable optional electric front seats fitted to our review car are very comfortable together with the adjustable multi function steering wheel allow you to find an optimal driving position.

The Tguan we drove was heavier on fuel by a country mile than VW’s claimed consumption. The long term average consumption of the unit driven was 8 litre/ 100km with 11.4 L/100km achieved in town.

The Tiguan comes with a Marie biscuit type spare wheel with fairly comprehensive emergency kit in the biggish boot of 520 litres with the seats up. Double that with the seats folded flat.

vw-tiguan-dashI generally like VW interiors and the Tiguan is no exception. The black trim, including the roof lining looks good. Fit and finish and the materials used have an aura of good quality. A nice touch is the CD player in the cubby hole.

The interior feels and looks very good and is a very pleasant place to travel in. The logic and layout is just right.

The water bottle holder in the door is too big though, so a normal (cycling) bottle keeps falling over.

The leg room for the back seats is much more than you normally get in this size of car and the back of the front seats even have a fold down table, although it appears to be a little flimsy.

Think of the new Tiguan as a Golf on steroids rather than a small sister to the Toureg. This new Tiguan has no off-road pretences, its strictly a car for the road, but handles gravel with aplomb.

Price as standard is R419 000 without all the extras fitted to our test car. As tested with all the extras:

  • Sunroof  R4000vw-tiguan-backseat
  • Towbar   R7500
  • Auto boot lid   R5000
  • Active info display with 6.5-inch touchscreen R8000
  • App connect    R1500
  • DynAudio sound package   R13000
  • Adaptive cruise control  R5000
  • Vienna leather seats R11000
  • R-line exterior package  R18000
  • LED headlights   R7500                                  Total R80 500

The price of the car you see in the pictures is actually an eye watering R500 000. With some of the items you have to buy another as the come bundled. So if you want the DynAudio package you need to also take the space saver spare wheel! What the wheel has to do with the audio is a mystery. Perhaps they use it as a type of boom box.

I think the car is a little on the expensive side. If you are a VW fan you will love this car.

The range starts with the very basic Trendline from R379,900.44, next up is the Comfortline trim level in petrol from R419 900 to diesel R469 500 and finally the Highline from R549 000. In all cases you are going to pay much more because the basic car has very little in the way of equipment, clearly demonstrated by the extra options fitted to our review car. Add R50 000 to the sticker price of the VW when comparing to cars which come fully equipped.

Here is the official VWSA price list.

Other similar cars to look at include Suzuki Vitara, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Jeep Renegade, Audi Q3, Renault Kadjar, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi ASX and Honda CR-V.

We recommend you take the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai for a test before deciding.

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VW Passat 1.8 TSI Highline DSG review

VW Passat 1.8 TSI Highline DSG

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The Volkswagen Passat is a large, classy family saloon that delivers great refinement and quality in an accomplished, discreet package  the UK Auto Express summarises this car as. I could not agree more. They continue to say the only negatives they can think of are: Understated styling, not much fun to drive, lacks premium image of rivals.  I don’t quite agree. I like the styling of the Passat, but it is subjective of course.

I think its pleasant to drive but perhaps not quite up to the standard of the Ford Fusion or Honda Accord. The cabin is just stunningly good.

Do not forget the boot.  You can fit three golf bags, or a pram and a folding cot. It’s really big.

If you have just over R400k to spend and you want or need a bit of space and a big boot the Passat or Fusion is a much better buy than 3 Series, C-class or A4. Lets just look at what you get.

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This car has one of the smoothest most efficient gearboxes out there in the 7 speed DSG box and when coupled to the turbocharged 1.8 petrol engine delivers a top speed of 232 km/h. Do you need to go faster? Not only that but it will get to 100km/h in 7.9 sec and VW claims using only 5.8 litres/100km, although I got 7.4L/100km on average the week I drove the car. Not too shabby.

vw-passat-dashThe interior of this car does not hit you with its brilliance. Rather you come to realise just how well designed and made this cabin is. You could live with it for years as it is ergonomic, spacious, comfortable and cleverly designed. There is quite a long list of optional extras, so you could kit it out to your heart’s desires. Basically you could get a fully kitted Passat for the price of a base, very sparsely kitted out Audi A4 which probably has the identical engine, gearbox and much of the underpinnings.

The Passat range is well equipped as standard, better than most VW models. It includes intelligent cruise control, park distance control, flat tyre monitoring, climate control, heated front seats, electronic stability control, fog lights and a good infotainment centre. All the essential stuff.

Options fitted to our test unit include sunroof, DiscoverPro navigation, ambience light package, adaptive cruise control, electric front seat, Nappa leather seats and LED headlights. Nice to haves, but not necessary, except for the adaptive cruise control which I consider a great safety feature.

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The Passat will probably surprise you if you take it for a test drive. It is, like the Ford Fusion, a seriously commodious, comfortable, complete package.

The price of the 1.8 TSI Highline DSG as standard is R457 500. The range starts from R432 000 and tops out at R518 000. The car as tested had around R50 000 extras.

Warranty is 3 years or 120 000km, but the maintenance plan is 5 years or 100 000km.

Other cars in this size range include the previously mentioned Ford Fusion (R424 000) and Honda Accord (R434 600), the more expensive but not really better MB C-class, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the exciting Mazda 6 and Volvo S60.

 

 

VW Cheat

OK, so here is what our local VW has to say:

Official statement from Volkswagen Group South Africa

There has been extensive international media coverage relating to irregularities in Nitrogen oxide emission values measured during? dynamometer regarding the emission standard Euro 5 of Volkswagen diesel vehicles fitted with the type EA189 Euro 5 engines.

In South Africa the compliance standard is EU 2. All Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles of the type EA 189 retailed in South Africa, that is, Volkswagen passenger, Audi, Light and Medium Commercial Vehicles comply with this standard for Nitrogen oxide emissions.

We want to further confirm that the bench mode in the software does not affect negatively the CO2 values. Our vehicles accordingly comply with the published CO2 values. Furthermore they are technically safe and roadworthy.

We would like to apologise to our customers for any uncertainty that may have been created over this issue and want to assure our valued customers, that their vehicles meet all the legal requirements in terms of which the National Regulator approved the sale for use in South Africa.

There is therefore no action required on either the part of the customer or our dealers.

Daar het jy dit.

SA standards so low even VW can meet them without cheating. A little sad, I think.

VW Golf SV

Golf-SV-105-noseVW Golf SV – the versatile one

It may be a good idea not to think of the SV as a Golf. It is its own car, a real (not so) little MPV. Part Touran, but part Golf, where it counts.

I liked the well equipped simply styled interior. It is classy, ergonomically well thought out and beautifully executed.  Quite different to a normal Golf though. It is somewhere between a Golf and a Touran, but I found it a pleasant and practical compromise.

VW Golf SV

VW Golf SV

Space is what it is really all about. The boot is 500 litres to start off easily passing the pram and golf bag tests, but the rear seats also fold down and slide enlarging the cargo area to over 1 500 litres. Access is superb, as is leg room at the back. Get the full list of specifications at: http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/new-golf-sv/trimlevel_overview.html

Golf-SV-180-dashFuel consumption is an excellent 6.2 litres/ 100km in mixed driving. My route includes town, highway and a ten level parking garage.

These new generation petrol engines are more economical in town than the diesels generally, it appears. Performance is also peppy. Even the 1.2 will do the job on the Highveld due to the clever engine management and turbocharging.

The 1.4 we drove has ample power and accelerates effortlessly from 80 to 120km/h. The safety and handling systems built into the car are comprehensive, delivering superb safety and handling with a fun element.

You can quite easily kid yourself you are driving a Golf, its road manners are that good.

Golf-SV-093-obliquePerhaps it is good to think of the SV as a Golf with a big boot, but in reality it is a very different car with a taller stance and much more legroom and space in general. The stance means that the seats are higher off the ground making it easy to get in and out. The driving position is really comfortable.

The model we tested was the TSi Comfortline with a list price of R325 200. The range starts with the 1.2 Trendline at R292 500 and tops off with the 2.0 TDi DSG at R359 200.

The full price list is at: http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/new-golf-sv/prices_and_options.html

As you will have seen, typical of most German manufacturers the options list is long and expensive, and the basic car is just that; basic.

The real competition to this car is all more expensive. Especially the Germans from Stuttgart and Munich. So in effect the SV is good value for money and gives you more space than a hatch but does not significantly drop in performance or style.

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The service plan is for 5 years or 90 000km, but ask to upgrade to the maintenance plan.

Also look at the VW Touran, Mercedes Benz B series (R390k +), BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (R380k +), Citroën C4 Picasso and Opel Meriva.

VW Tiguan TSI 4×2 Trend and Fun review

VW Tiguan TSI 4×2 Trend & Fun

VW Tiguan

VW Tiguan

If you like a golf but need a bit more space, or use country roads and need a higher ride height than a Golf offers, this  Tiguan may be your solution.

The base model as tested is in effect a normal two wheel drive station wagon version of a Golf . What you get is the extra space, a more upright and higher seating arrangement and the ‘middlemannetjie’ on a rural road wont bother you.

I really like these Tiguans, the luxury and performance of a Golf with the practicality of a station wagon/SUV.

These cars are just the right size. Big enough for four adults and a toothbrush or two but small enough
to feel nimble and enjoy a reduced thirst for petrol. They are both SUV and MPV.

Tiguan 1.4 TSI dash

Tiguan 1.4 TSI dash

Interior

A number of motoring critics have said that the interior is sombre. I do not agree with them. It is sensible, ergonomic and well laid out. The materials used give the impression of quality. The black finish looks neat and purposeful.

The leather multi-function steering wheel and gear knob give the car a luxury feel. The cloth trimmed seats are comfortable and fairly adjustable. Fit and finish appears to be excellent.

I found the car very pleasant to dive. All round visibility is good, the more upright seating is comfortable and the controls are easy to hand and have a quality feel to them and make it easy to drive.

Driving impression

I found the 90kW engine a little laboured at times but still capable to get you where you have to get. The car handles well even with the slightly taller stance. It is not sporty like a GTi , but it is a pleasure at the wheel. The brakes are well balanced and cornering as well as general handling precise and predictable.

Economy is very decent but not spectacular. VW claim a combined consumption figure of 6.5l/100km. I got just over 7.5l/100km which is more than acceptable.

These new generation turbocharged petrol engines take performance and economy to new levels.

The 4×2 Trend & Fun is an interesting mix of sophisticated and basic. Its price is misleading simply due to the very basic specification, meaning that you have to fit expensive “accessories” to match for example the Ford Kuga which includes them in the sticker price. So for example climate control (as opposed to plain aircon) costs R4400 extra, park distance control R4 150, front fog lights R1 950, service plan for 90 000km is R2 492 or maintenance plan for 120 000 a whopping R25 992. It all adds up.

Practical, good looking and efficient. That about sums up this Tiguan.

VW Tiguan TS1 4x2

VW Tiguan TS1 4×2

Tiguans all come with a raft of active and passive safety and performance measures from ABS to spin control and a stability programme.

The Tiguan ISi 4×2 Trend & Fun as reviewed costs  R312 000, but we would recommend you go for the 118kW version at R345 200 especially if based on the Highveld or if you expect to load her up a bit.

Also check out the Ford Kuga, Honda CRV, Toyota Verso, Renault Duster and Nissan Qashqai.

The top of the line Tiguan is the 2.0 TSI Sport & Style  at R446 250 which comes with 7 speed DSG and AWD. There are 8 models to choose from.

It comes standard with a 3 year or 120 000 km warranty, 12 year corrosion warranty and a 60 000 maintenance plan.

Tiguan 4x2

Tiguan 4×2

VW Golf 7 in SA

VW Golf 7

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VW South Africa have launched 7 models of the new  Golf 7. But no GTi.

The new line-up enjoys a number of new engines.

The 1.2 TSI with 77 kW is the new entry engine and it replaces the 1.6 MPI 75 kW. The 1.4 TSI with 103 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW engines replace 1.4 TSI with 118 kW and 2.0 TDI with 103 kW respectively. Both engines combine dynamic sporty driving experience and frugal fuel consumption.

The combined fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI engine is: 5.3 l/100 km (equating to 121 g/km CO2) whilst the 2.0 TDI has a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km (equating to 119 g/km CO2 ).

They claim the new the base model 1.2 TSI 77kW with BlueMotion Technology consumes only 4.9 l/100 km.

Walter de Silva, Head of Design, Volkswagen AG: “One of the keys to the Golf‟s success lies in its continuity. There are but a handful of cars in the world with a design like the Golf‟s. It has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and has thereby become timeless.”

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New Golf in short

Electronic Stability Control (ESC including anti-lock brake system, brake assistant, traction control, XDS electronic differential lock, engine drag torque control, counter steering support and trailer stabilization);

Light Assist main beam control; cruise control system including speed limiter; multi-collision brake; ParkPilot; Park Assist park steering assistant; tyre pressure monitoring indicator; Rear Assist.

Transmissions: 5-speed manual (2.0 TDI with 81 kW), 6-speed manual (1.2 TSI with 77 kW, 1.4 TSI with 90 kW and 1.4 TSI with 103 kW); 6-speed DSG (2.0 TDI with 110 kW) and 7-speed DSG (1.4 TSI with 90 kW). Cargo capacity: 380 litres to 1,270 litres

Colours: Base: Urano Grey, Pure White, Tornado Red. Metallic: Night Blue, Pacific Blue, Sunset Red, Reflex Silver and Tungsten Silver. Pearl effect: Deep Black

Dimensions: 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide (without door mirrors), 2,027 mm wide (with door mirrors), 1,452 mm tall, 2,637 mm wheelbase. Drive: Front-wheel drive. Engines – diesel: 2.0 TDI with 81 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW. Engines – petrol: 1.2 TSI with 77 kW, 1.4 TSI with 90 kW and 1.4 TSI with 103 kW.

Equipment lines: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline. Fuel tank: 50 litres Infotainment: “Composition Colour” CD/radio (5-inch touchscreen) – standard in Trendline and Comfortline models, “Composition Media” CD/Radio (5.8-inch touchscreen) – standard in Highline models, “Discover Pro” radio-navigation system (8-inch touchscreen) – optional. Production site: Wolfsburg plant and Mosel plant (Zwickau).

Running gear: MacPherson-type front suspension; modular lightweight rear suspension (1.2 TSI with 77 kW and 2.0 TDI with 81 kW) and modular performance rear suspension – multi-link rear axle (1.4 TSI with 90kW, 1.4 TSI with 103 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW).

Wheels: 15-inch „Lyon‟ alloy wheels on Trendline; 16-inch „Toronto‟ alloy wheels on Comfortline and 17-inch „Dijon‟ alloy wheels on Highline

Sales: Over 29 million worldwide and 323 100 in South Africa. Model introductions in South Africa: Mk 1 – 1978; Mk 2 – 1984; Mk 3 – 1992; Mk 4 – 1999; Mk 5 – 2004; Mk 6 – 2009.

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Retail Prices (VAT and Emissions Tax included)
1.2 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Trendline (77 kW) 6-speed Manual     R233 800
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Trendline (90 kW) 6-speed Manual     R246 700
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 6-speed Manual R264 900
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 7-speed DSG       R279 400
2.0 TDI Comfortline (81kW) Manual 5-speed                                                             R282 300
1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Highline (103 kW) 6-speed Manual     R293 600
2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology Highline (110 kW) 6-speed DSG           R334 800
The new Golf model range comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.

Namibia trip – July 2012

I visited Namibia recently and drove a chipped VW 1.9 TDi LWB Kombi and the 2,0 FSi Q5 Audi.

Let’s look at the cars first.

Starting with the Q5, which I drove in and around Windhoek. I tested the Q3 at the end of May (check review) so found it interesting to drive the big sister a few weeks later. It was also interesting to compare the turbo petrol to the turbo diesel. In general, the Q5 is a much better car than the Q3 to me.

It drives and handles better, sitting very pretty on the road. It feels glued to the road but does not have the choppyness or over firm ride of the Q3. The cabin is spacious and somehow more refined. A lovely place to spend time in. The car did not feel the altitude at all. I think the turbo petrol trumps the turbo diesel by a mile. If you have the extra cash the Q5 is way better than the Q3 and arguably better value. I am told the fuel consumption is fine, but can’t comment myself. Loved it.

I drove the VW bus down to Swakop via Erindi. The rather anaemic diesel engine has been re-chipped. The chip apparently boosts performance by 30%. You can feel the difference to the straight 1.9 TDi engine. It worked hard when overtaking but otherwise handled the altitude and the roads very well. The long wheel base version is a bit big for inner city driving, but on the open road and driving in a game reserve it borders on perfect. Hard to beat for space or visibility.

These Kombi’s handle very well for what they are. As with most Volkswagens the second gear is a little sticky. The seats remain comfortable even over long distances.

If you are planning a Namibia trip a night at Erindi is highly recommended. SADC citizens get special rates. Everything is included barring drinks. There are two game drives a day, early morning and evening, each lasting well over two hours.

In between the stoep (verandah) at the restaurant overlooks a dam. There is a constant stream of life to the water’s edge. Hippos and crocs inhabit the water.

The bird life is amazing, both at the dam and on the drives.

The food at Erindi is very good. The cakes with afternoon tea have to be seen to be appreciated.

Erindi is in the process of developing a camping terrain a few km north of the lodge.

The drive from Erindi over Omaruru and Karibib to Swakopmund is varied and remains interesting. The vegetation and terrain varies hugely every hour. Very good biltong shop just outside Usakus on the Swakop side.

Swakopmund is as great as ever. Well worth a stay of three or four days.

Base yourself in Swakop and visit Walvisbay one day. The seal/dolphin cruises are a must do.

A trip north to Hentiesbay is an eye opener. The road is made of salt. It looks like tar from a distance but is much more slippery, so beware foggy conditions.

Swakop itself has quad biking in the dunes, camel rides, educational trips into the desert and a load of other things to do. The town boasts and impressive array of eateries and pubs. A lot of the old town has been preserved. It is really good to just wander around the town. Lovely stuff.

There are three routes back to Windhoek. One, all tar past Wilhelmstal which has a roadside shop selling local olive oil, biltong and other farm produce. Worth a stop. The other routes offer scenic drives on gravel roads. Slightly washed away with this year’s rains but will be graded soon.

The other good stop is the Closwa Biltong factory shop in Okahandja.

Have fun.

Biltong = dried meat, jerky in the US

Volkswagen Tiguan 4×2 Trend and Fun review

Volkswagen Tiguan 4×2 Trend & Fun 2.0 TDi BlueMotion

VW are good at spotting a little niche and creating a new vehicle from an existing platform. In the case of the Tiguan, they followed the rest of the pack and came up with a quite compelling package. It is in effect a Golf with a bit more space, higher ride hight and a much bigger boot, provided you fold the seats forward. A Golf for the business owner or outdoor person. If you look at it in this light, then the 4×2 version which we tested when compared to the Golf makes a lot of sense.

The equivalent golf, the 2.0 TDI Highline Manual costs R315 800, this Tiguan R294 800. I know the specs are a little different, but not much. If anything, the Tiguan’s basic spec list is more practical than the Golf’s.

The model we tested was the 6 speed manual 2.0  turbodiesel 4×2 Trend & Fun with 81kW and 280Nm between 1750 and 2750rpm. It has a top speed of 174km/h and takes around 12 seconds to get to 100km/h. The claimed fuel consumption of 5.3 litres/100km must have been achieved in dreamland. Expect around 6.5 litres/100km at best.

Likes

The courtesy lights built into the mirrors are a nice touch, makes getting in and out at night a breeze. The automatic light system which switches on when it senses fading light works well.

The dash layout and finishes are typical VW and I think are well thought out and well made. The feel of the switches is superior.

With the rear seats folded the boot becomes enormous.

Dislikes

The car we tested was a little sluggish at low revs and lacked oomph at manoeuvring speed. But once on the go and with the turbo in full song it is different matter all together.

The Tiguan has two blind spots. The “A” pillars are a little thick, causing a minor blind spot. The other blind spot is to the left and slightly behind the car.

The rear seats do not quite fold flat, but do fold enough to make an enormous boot.

We have heard numerous reports of turbo and water pump failures on this range of  VW engines, but then they sell huge numbers of them.

Conclusion

The Tiguan is a Golf with serious space for shopping when the rear seats are folded down. It cannot compete with the likes of a Freelander or X-trail offroad, but rides higher than a Golf. It is almost as good as a Golf on tar.

I think it is a very real option to look at if you want a compact car but need a bit more space and practicality. I enjoyed driving it.

Also look at the Nissan Qashqai (R324 925, but is well appointed) and Juke (R226 925), Kia Sportage (R303 995, includes park assist etc) amd Mitsubishi ASX (R297 900).

Price

List price R289 100, Price as tested R346 450, extras fitted: towbar, roof rails, front foglights, park assist with reverse camera, satnav and leather seats.

Warranty –  3 years / 120 000km

Service plan – 5 years / 60 000km

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.

Styling

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.

Summary

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.