The Volkswagen Jetta is Volkswagen Philippines’ best selling vehicle, and now that the all-new model has been revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, are you excited to see it in the Philippines?
We are quite excited, as the Jetta now has finally migrated to the MQB platform that its Golf sibling has been using for years, which will surely improve driving dynamics. Riding atop the MQB platform is a Jetta with a newer, more distinct and tasteful exterior design. Up front is a new, wider grille that’s flanked by LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights. The new grille is inspired from the Arteon four-door coupe that has replaced the CC. Hood creases further bring depth to the car’s elegant front, while at the rear, there’s now a sloping roofline that now makes the car look smoother and more aerodynamic, but nothing that’s too overdramatic.
As it has moved to the MQB platform, the car has grown considerably, now standing at 4,702 mm long (+43 mm), 1,799 mm wide (+21 mm), and 1,459 mm tall (+6 mm), with its wheelbase stretched to 2,686 mm (+35 mm). To those keeping score, the new Jetta is almost as big as the European Passat that’s also on sale in the Philippines.
These increases in dimensions have also lead to an increase in interior space, which is already generous in the previous generation model to begin with. Inside is where the changes are even more dramatic. Gone is the conservative design, now replaced with more geometric trapezoidal shapes and cues. As with most Volkswagens, their interiors straddle between mainstream and luxury, and this new one is no exception. There’s plenty of soft touch materials up front, and the interior is highlighted by the liberal use of LED ambient lighting, which is configurable with 10 selectable colors. An optional 12.3-inch Active Information Display replaces the analog gauges, and certainly makes the interior almost on par with the Audi A3 in terms of technology. An optional Beats Audio sound system further spices things inside the Volkswagen Jetta.
In the USA, power comes courtesy of a carried over 1.4 liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 148 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Philippine market Jetta already comes equipped with a generous set of driver assist systems in its higher Business Edition trims, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Avoidance Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Keeping Assist, so it’s no surprise that this new one comes with these features as options.