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Volkswagen Jetta

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Country of origin notwithstanding, the Jetta is an American invention. make that an invention by the American market. The rest of the is okay with hatchbacks, as the Golf, VW’s worldwide But we prefer formal sedans-cars have proper trunks. is why the original Jetta materialized in Volkswagen told us it wasn’t a Golf (then Rabbit) a trunk. Uh-huh. Clue: It was a (then Rabbit) with a

But we liked it, in a lukewarm sort of calling it a useful addition to small-car pool. More America liked it. While the of the world made the Golf perennial sales leader, in the U.S. the Jetta topped the sales charts year year. All because of that and lockable cargo compartment. ain’t it?

So let’s look at Grafting a trunk onto the stretched the rear overhang inches and yielded a 13-cubic-foot hold. That happens to be the trunk capacity of the fourth-generation with an important proviso: In days the seatbacks didn’t forward to expand volume. they do. But we can forget those because the gen-five Jetta’s measures 16 cubic feet, a temporary-storage facility that impress even Tony

Expanded cargo volume is part of the story. The new Jetta is all over, a lot bigger. In its first 25 through three makeovers, the grew gradually-4.4 inches in 4.5 inches overall, 4.9 inches in and 1.2 inches to the rooftop. The only gain was at the scales, where the years the little sedan put on 1000 pounds. But in gen five, the is dramatic. The wheelbase stretches 2.6 to 101.5; overall length is up six to 179.3; width expands an to 69.3; and the roofline is up almost an to 57.5.

The dimensional expansion puts the new near the top of the compact heap and gives it one of the roomier rear so it’s adequate for four although essentially untenable for (something that can be said of seating for every car in this

The bigger Jetta also to the upper echelons of its class in Our test car weighed in at 3340 pounds heavier than the turbo-diesel, no wraith itself, we last fall [The C/D, September 2004] and hefty for a compact sedan. up with that? Structure, for one The previous Jetta was solid The new one, with its laser-welded is a bridge abutment. VW cites a increase in torsional rigidity, and the of stiffened body shell across almost as soon as the puts the car in motion. Safety also add up at the scales. Among passive keep-you-alive elements, are six airbags, new crash-active headrests tilt forward on impact, and pedals that fall when the front begins to to minimize lower-extremity injuries. The plus improved frontal- and performance, makes for heavier whatever badges they may

Fortunately, VW mitigates the Jetta’s with more muscle. A new DOHC 20-valve inline [see Technical Highlights ] the previous base powerplant, a four that was better to maritime employment-as a boat for example-than to automotive propulsion. the five’s 148 peak horsepower particularly robust, 168 pound-feet of spread across a big fat curve the Jetta out of the starting blocks better-than-average alacrity.

The run to 60 mph might be classifiable as better than with a manual transmission. our test car, like much all the initial run of early-production was equipped with a new six-speed automatic transmission. This operates smoothly and does a job of making the most of the Jetta’s torque, but outside of a race for dogs, 9.2 seconds to 60 and a 16.8-second, quarter-mile can’t be called We’re sure the standard manual would chop a ticks off the total. Not to mention of the old fun-to-drive quotient.


Speaking of fun to drive, we’re with or without a manual On one hand, the new Jetta has the kind of poised feel peculiar to cars, and its everyday responses are brisk. On the other hand, the driver begins to push in quick transitions, the Jetta increasingly reluctant. Up and down motions are snubbed fairly but a typical front-wheel-drive forward bias (59/41) and modest from a set of 205/55-16 Michelin MXV4 tires (0.80 g on the add up to rather deliberate progress on roads. Switching off the stability-control helps, but not a lot.

At least the all-purpose tires hurt braking performance feet from 70 mph is decent-and ABS is equipment. However, the power steering, although nicely is totally numb on-center.

On the Jetta feels more a small-scale luxury sedan a compact German athlete. sense starts with the general sense of solidity, by a classy-looking interior and nicely bucket seats, plus exterior styling that’s as and flowing as previous Jettas bull-nosed and blocky. You don’t to squint very hard to see a that someone washed reading the laundry label.

sense of luxury car extends to the sticker. Pricing starts at over $18,500, which exactly the compact bargain and if you start adding option to mention about a grand for the soon find yourself in territory. Our loaded test car in at a resounding $26,740, a price would bolt you into a Honda Accord with a V-6. More room, zoom.

Still, the Jetta has that persona that only the manage to purvey. We’re sure we’re going to be more enthusiastic about the GLI, with its 200-hp, turbo motor and more suspension. It’s due this Maybe we’ll just from looking at the price

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