VW’s popular sedan gets a major refresh for 2015, with three trim levels for the base model in Singapore
SINGAPORE - Like the US of A, Singapore is still enamoured with sedans and the revamped 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is a key indicator of that.
The Jetta, sister sedan to the Golf hatchback, saw its sixth-generation version launched in 2011. We tested it at its international debut in US-spec in San Francisco and came away impressed, although Singapore’s car received a higher spec version with a multi-link rear suspension and even better interiors.
2015’s revamp sees the same Mk6/PQ35 underpinnings as before, so despite the age of the sedan, it’s not made the same technological leap the Mark 7 Golf with VW’s new MQB platform has.
There’s a significantly revised front end, which features cleaner lines and different LED running lamps and fog lamps, the better to fit the Jetta into VW’s updated design language. New also are xenon headlamps and LED taillights. VW says design tweaks have reduced aerodynamic resistance by 10 percent and new tyres have less rolling resistance too, which improves fuel economy.
VW’s banking on the Jetta being better than the rest – it still retains the 1.4-litre 122bhp turbocharged engine, seven-speed DSG gearbox and good safety spec with six airbags and ESP as standard (not something you can say for all in the segment). Two of the airbags are re-designed head/torso units which help prevent passengers being flung out of the car during a rollover situation. The previous Jetta had a five-star NCAP rating, so this one should have no trouble with it either.
The car has a 0-100km/h time of 9.8 seconds, fuel economy of 6.0L/100km and emissions of 138g/km of CO2, which is identical to the previous model. Three trim options are available: Trendline is the entry-level spec, with 16-inch wheels, leather interior and basic steering wheel. Highline spices things up cruise control dual-zone climate control and steering wheel remote controls, a multi-function display and automatic headlights. The highest spec for the 1.4 is Sportline, which gets 17-inch wheels, a special black interior, sports suspension and paddle-shifters.
On top of the 1.4, there’s also the 1.4-litre twincharged Sport model, which packs 160bhp. Specifications for that model are not yet finalised but it should be very close to the previous Sport model, with a 0-100km/h time of 8.3 seconds, top speed of 221km/h and similar efficiency figures to the 122bhp model.
As revealed on our Facebook post, the new Jetta is already in Singapore and currently undergoing homologation. Pricing should be similar to the previous model and expect official sales to begin soon. the base Trendline model is currently priced from $109,300 with COE, the Highline at $117,300 with COE, the Sportline at $119,300 with COE and the Jetta Sport at $156,300 with COE.
Derryn Wong is currently editor-in-chief of CarBuyer and he enjoys probing all aspects of the motoring industry, ranging from bizarre holes in the upholstery to the engineered insanity of the COE system. No, not those kinds of holes.