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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 21st 2009
20--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 21, 2009 Nip, tuck sees Jetta soaring to new heights Apart from the new engines and price repositioning the changes to the model line-up are all to do with trim and cosmetics A total restyle of Volkswagen s Jetta has given it the edge it needed to match it in a new market, Kevin Hepworth reports REVAMPED: Changes to the Volkswagen Jetta are a combination of some new engines and models that became available to VW from Europe, to support their desire to adjust and reposition the model range for Australia. ANIP here, a tuck there and suddenly that out-of- fashion suit is back in the wardrobe. Add a few key accessories and not only is it back, but its on the favourites list. Using the tried-and-true fashion strategy VW has brushed off its local Jetta range, added a couple of key engines and a range of fresh and upgraded trims and put the ''Golf with a boot'' back out into the market to go head-to-head with the Mazda6, Form Mondeo and Subaru Liberty. ''The changes are a combination of some new engines and models that came available to us from Europe and our desire to adjust and reposition the model range for Australia,'' Volkswagen Group Australia spokesman Karl Gehling says. ''There are now five engine options, a range of new features and the entry price now starts at $28,990 for the new 1.6-litre diesel.'' The 77kW 1.6-litre turbo diesel, coupled to a five-speed manual ($28,990) or seven-speed DSG auto- matic ($31,490), is one of two new powerplants in the Jetta range, the other being the high-end 125kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel available with the six- speed DSG gearbox and Highline trim only for $38,990. Gone from the previous model range is the manual version of the 103kW 2.0-litre TDI, available now only with the six-speed DSG ($35,990). The petrol offerings start with the 118kW and 240Nm 1.4-litre twin-charger turbo/supercharged unit from the Golf coupled to the seven-speed DSG ($33,490) or six- speed manual gearbox ($30,990). The hero engine remains the 147kW (280Nm) 2.0-litre twin- charger coupled to the six-speed DSG and available only in Highline trim at the same $38,990 as the top diesel offering. Apart from the new engines and price repositioning the changes to the model line-up are all to do with trim and cosmetics. There are no external metal changes to set the 2010 cars apart but trainspotters will be able to identify a unique range of alloys for the Jetta along with the ad- dition of front and rear parking sensors. Inside the cabin the parking sensor improvements flow through to a graphic display in either the radio head-unit screen or the navi- gation screen. The steering wheel from the new Golf VI has been included as a standard fit along with a restyled instrument cluster and a selection of richer trim options. The cabin is as comfortable and spacious as it has always been with the seats a good compromise be- tween sports support and comfort and space generous in the front and adequate for two good-sized adults in the rear. One of the biggest surprises in the Jetta is the huge boot space available. Standard inclusions across the range include front, side and cur- tain airbags, stability control, elec- tronic differential lock, anti-lock brakes with EBD, automatic haz- ard lights on emergency braking, central locking, heat insulating tinted glass, 16 or 17-inch alloys, tyre pressure monitor, dual-zone air-conditioning, stereo with MP3 compatibility and trip computer. There is no shortage of optional extra equipment to enrich the Jetta, including metallic paint ($700), electric sunroof ($1900), satellite navi- gation (from $2500), leather (from $3000), and sport pack- age --- including tinted rear win- dows, front fog lamps and sports suspension. On the road the Jetta rides on the fifth generation Golf platform --- hence the Golf-with-a-boot tag the car has worn since it was launched more than three years ago --- and suffers no diminishing of the hatch's performance charac- teristics by the addition of the larger body. The surprise package of the new engines is the eco-friendly 77kW diesel. VW says the engine is capable of a combined cycle of 4.9L/100km in manual and 5.0L/100km through the DSG with sprint times of 12 seconds from zero to 100km/h. The little 1.6 is a wonderfully composed unit with a truly surpris- ing strength through the mid- range. It certainly feels quicker than that and the real eye-opener is how strong the engine is in the hills, holding top gear in manual quite comfortable while hauling two adults through a moderate climb. There is the almost compulsory dash-mounted flasher to suggest maximum efficiency gear changes but if you are prepared to give up a tick in economy changing gears in sympathy with the engine makes the entire experience a touch more enjoyable for the driver. small torque Volkswagen Jetta Price: from $28,990 to $38,990 Engines: 1.6L/4-cylinder turbo diesel, 77kW/250Nm; 2L/4-cylinder turbo diesel, 103kW/320Nm; 2L/4-cylinder turbo diesel 125kW/350Nm; 1.4L/4-cylinder twin-charger, 118kW/240Nm; 2L/4-cylinder twin charger, 147kW/280Nm Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG, 7-speed DSG Economy: 4.9L/100km (77TDI), 6.0L/100km (103TDI), 5.9L/100km (125TDI), 6.6L/100km (118TSI), 7.8L/100Km (147TSI) Rivals Mazda6 (from $29,100) Ford Mondeo (from $31,990) Subaru Liberty (from $33,990) www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%.v DRIVE AWAY -- NO MORE TO PAY at DJ MOTORS $14 .25 per day† 04 SUBARU Liberty • 3.0 litre R-B 4 GEN • 6-speed manual, AWD • front & side airbags • ABS brakes • leather seats • electric sunroof • climate control air con • 6-disc 13-speaker McIntosh stereo • 18" alloy wheels, cruise control Stock No. 321983 $13.00 per day† $23,990 WAS $26,990 NOW DRIVE AWAY $25,990 WAS $27,990 NOW DRIVE AWAY 07 FORD Fairmont Ghia • 4.0 litre semi-automatic • leather seats • 6-disc in-dash CD • ABS brakes • traction control • cruise control • climate control • reverse parking sensor • towbar Stock No. 322107
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