Betta Getta Jetta

Story and image by Godfrey Castle

Towing Test: VW Jetta 2.0 TDI Highline DSG

When last did you take a look at a Volkswagen Jetta? Time flies − it seems like only yesterday that Jettas weren’t much more than a Golf with a boot attached; very much a no-frills, everyday car, ideal for running the kids to and from school or for sales representatives who needed the large boot space for trade samples.Well, I feel like one of those people who have been caught in a time warp, locked away in the darkness and suddenly brought out into the sunshine… for the new Jetta is just bedazzling! It’s stylish, bigger, and has equipment and a finish which competes with the best of German car design and manufacture; what’s more, the interior is very stylish.

The seats are all covered in thick leather, and all five seats (the back seat is a three-seater) have matching leather head-restraints, and there’s a leather-simulation-covered dashboard and a plush carpet to match. The dashboard itself is stylish in a way that only the Germans seem to get right, with just enough inlayed trim to impress passengers and to establish that the owner has taste and is doing well.

The instrumentation, too, is clearly marked and easy to read. So stylish, so much of everything… what all does it do? Well, there is Blue Tooth for cell-phone answering, iPod/iPhone Media In, park-distance control so that you don’t unknowingly drive into anything, heated seats, electric windows, rear-view camera (optional; ideal for when hitching up the caravan or parking), keyless locking and starting, and full digital display − from fuel consumption, to distance left in the fuel tank. There is also a tyre-pressure-loss indicator; a very handy item to have as it allows one to find a safer place to pull over.

Our car was also fitted with the following optional extras: Detachable towbar (R6 950); Sunroof (R7 050); Rear-view camera (R3 050); Keyless Locking and starting (R4 700); Interior ambient lighting (R1 050); Bi-Xenon Headlight (R11 500); Vienna Leather seats (R11 500); Park distance control (R4 500); and IPod/iPhone Media In (R2 050).

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