Volkswagen Jetta Arrives In Australia
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5th February, 2006
Significant gains in comfort and space ... dynamically and elegantly packaged ... modern engines and gearboxes ... greatly improved chassis
The Volkswagen Jetta has now arrived in Australia. This dynamic new sports sedan is an important addition to the Volkswagen model range in Australia and will be a significant sales volume contributor. The Jetta replaces the Bora in the Volkswagen line-up.
$32,990 ... Jetta 2.0 FSI 6 speed manual
$35,290 ... Jetta 2.0 FSI 6 speed tiptronic (auto)
$35,490 ... Jetta 2.0 TDI 6 speed manual
$37,790 ... Jetta 2.0 TDI 6 speed DSG (auto)
$39,990 ... Jetta 2.0 Turbo FSI 6 speed DSG (auto)
In Australia, Volkswagen will offer the new Jetta in two specially coordinated equipment levels along with two advanced petrol and one turbo diesel engine.
The engine power outputs range from 103 kW (2.0 TDI) to 147 kW (Jetta 2.0 Turbo FSI). They all fulfil the strict EU4 emission requirements.
Volkswagen is exclusively using direct injection engines (petrol: FSI /diesel: TDI). The FSI engines available at launch deliver 110 kW (2.0 FSI) and 147 kW (2.0 FSI with turbo charger). The TDI available produces 103 kW (2.0 TDI).
Six-speed manuals are used as standard with the 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI engines. Volkswagen offers the highly efficient and sporty DSG transmission as an option for the TDI and standard for the 2.0 Turbo FSI (as featured in the Golf GTI).
It has six forward gears and shifts extremely fast without interrupting traction. Like the classic Tiptronic, the DSG can also be controlled manually using a plus/minus gate. The six-speed automatic Tiptronic function is also available for the 110 kW petrol engine.
The most striking design feature on the new Jetta is the front end with its chrome-framed radiator grille. On the fifth generation of the model, this face supports the claim that this car is significantly more independent, sportier and elegant.
The V-shaped radiator grille features dynamic and elegant sharper lines and clearly demonstrates its relationship to the Golf GTI and recently released Polo range – the first two production models to feature the new “VW face”.
The rear is also striking: It follows the style of the current Volkswagen design line and features the very fast responding LED lights that are now typical for Volkswagen. At the same time, the side view enhances the athletic appearance of the four-door. The flat rear windscreen and comparatively short boot lid give the silhouette a stylish shape.
Compared with its predecessor the Bora, the new Jetta has grown in all directions. As a result, there is considerably more space for rear passengers in particular.
The body, which is 15 percent more torsionally stiff, has been stretched 17.8 centimetres to 4.55 metres. The five-seater sedan is 1.46 metres tall (+ 1.3 cm) and has gained 4.6 centimetres of width (1.78 m). At the same time, the wheelbase is now 2.58 metres. This means it has grown 6.5 centimetres. The ample track width at the front and rear noticeably improves the driving dynamics of the new model.
The passengers on board the Jetta benefit almost exclusively from the exterior growth: the effective legroom has increased 6.5 centimetres. At 143.7 centimetres, the interior width has gained an extra 3.5 centimetres. Adults can look forward to over 2.4 centimetres more headroom in the rear thanks, among other things, to a slightly lower seat position.
Drivers and front passengers have gained four centimetres of interior width. The front seat adjustment range has been increased 2.2 centimetres lengthways so that even real giants will be able to find a relaxing seat position. In total, the new Jetta has an interior length of 1.74 metres - 5.4 centimetres more than the Bora.
The interior is characterised by a clear, fresh and stylish design. All controls have been designed to be self-explanatory. For example, the instruments: all function levels are clearly separated; all buttons and switches are intuitive. The controls for the air conditioning are located immediately above the centre tunnel, which stretches upwards above the gear lever. Above that is a row of buttons for functions like the heated rear window, recirculation and seat heating.
Next up is the radio with a large central display. Right at the top are the hazard warning lights switch and air vents. Specially designed interior trims give the 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI (Aluminium Microtec, combined with the Pure Beige interior trim Microtec Anthracite) and 2.0 Turbo FSI (Brushed Aluminium). versions an individual touch. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with leather trim, leather handbrake lever grip and a leather gear knob are standards.
The new Jetta has a generous boot volume of 527 Litres. Compared with the Bora, the cargo area length has grown 10.2 centimetres to 1.16 metres, the widest point has even gained 25 centimetres and the maximum boot height has been increased by 3.8 centimetres.
When the rear backrest is folded down, objects up to 1.90 in length fit inside the Jetta. This means an extra 26 centimetres. The rear bench backrest itself is asymmetrically split and folding as standard and, thanks to the optimised backrest pivot point, provides a full-length cargo floor.
The Jetta also comes with a through-load facility as standard. It is large enough, for example, to hold two snowboards.
Furthermore the Jetta has numerous smaller storage compartments. They include compartments under the front seats and pockets on the rear back of the seats. There are also storage compartments on and underneath the instrument panel as well as in the roof console. The centre console has two cup holders and a storage compartment. This can be cooled using the standard air conditioning. The door pockets securely hold 1-litre bottles.
The new Jetta has numerous innovative functions that allow a very high level of user friendliness thanks to the intelligent networking. For example, the standard air conditioning automatically switches to recirculation when reverse gear is selected or when you use the washer function to prevent unpleasant odours entering the car. Up to 40 fully diagnosis-compatible control units communicate with each other using the latest CAN BUS technology. This also contributes to safety: the electromechanical power steering even works when the ignition is switched off, until the speed and rpm signal indicates that the car has come to an absolute standstill.
LED taillights are now also being used in the new Jetta. The advantage of this innovative technology: The attractive and high-quality-looking Light Emitting Diodes are superior to conventional taillights due to their considerably brighter illumination. In addition, they have a faster response time, consume less energy, have a longer lifespan and are not sensitive to bumps.
Low Tyre Pressure Indicator
The low tyre pressure indicator comes as standard in the Jetta. The system constantly measures the tyre pressure at each wheel using ABS wheel speed sensors. This information is sent to the ABS control unit for evaluation. If the tyre pressure differs significantly from the pre-programmed pressure, a warning light will inform the driver about the problem.
The Jetta features a particularly effective protection system. All versions of the sporty sedan have six airbags as standard. The front restraint systems in the Jetta are made up of a driver's airbag with a volume of 60 litres as well as a front passenger airbag with a volume of 120 litres.
In head-on collisions, the pedals fold forward to prevent accidents to the leg region. The Jetta comes with five three-point seat belts and pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters in the front.
Head restraints that can be set high for all five occupants (i.e. also for the rear centre seat) are, of course, included. Active head restraints (AHR) also protect the driver and front passenger in rear-end collisions.
The side airbags - integrated again in the front seat backrests for ideal positioning for the passengers - have been designed precisely for the side structure of the car and provide exemplary protection for thorax, abdomen and pelvis. A new sensor concept allows even faster deployment times in side collisions.
The large-sized side curtains prevent unnecessarily high biomechanical loads. They cover the side window area from the A to the C-pillar and reach from the headliner to over the doorsill. This allows depending on the size of the passenger maximum protection on all outer seats. Also, in accidents, the fact that these airbags cover such a large area prevents the head from swinging out, extremities from being thrown out and objects from penetrating the interior.
The new Jetta will be launched in Australia with three engines: two petrol and one diesel. The first petrol engine is a 2.0-litre petrol direct injection engine (FSI) with a powerful 110 kW rating and the second direct injection petrol engine is the 2.0 T FSI, which first appeared in the Golf GTI, delivering 147 kW.
As for turbo diesel, Volkswagen is, of course only using direct injection. At launch, this will be the 2.0 TDI delivering 103 kW.
The 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI engines are connected to six-speed gearboxes. The six-speed DSG is available as an option for the Jetta 2.0 TDI and standard for the powerful turbo-charged 2.0 FSI.
Volkswagen is also offering the 2.0 FSI engine with the latest generation of six-speed automatic gearbox (Tiptronic).
Petrol Engines In Detail
The combination of direct petrol injection and 2.0 litre capacity gives the Jetta 2.0 FSI a maximum output of 110 kW, enough for a top speed of 211 km/h and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds. The fuel consumption is low considering the dynamic performance.
This engine together with the manual six-speed gearbox allows the elegant sedan to consume just 8.2 litres of fuel every 100 kilometres. The Jetta 2.0 FSI is also optionally available with a high-tech six-speed automatic (Tiptronic).
When powered by the 2.0 Turbo FSI engine, the new Jetta proves to be a real sports sedan. The powerful front-wheel drive car breaks the 100-km/h barrier in just 7.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 233 km/h - without affecting fuel costs.
The top of the range model has an average fuel consumption of 8.0 litres every 100 kilometres. The four-cylinder, as used in the Golf GTI, with a compression of 10.5:1 thus combines the advantages of a homogeneous direct injection with the powerful advantages of turbo charging. The result is outstanding torque development, excellent response and great driving fun without a turbo lag. The Jetta 2.0 FSI with turbo charger supplies its power via a six-speed DSG transmission as standard.
Diesel Engine In Detail
Economical, high-torque and agile: the turbo diesel direct injection engine featuring the innovative unit injector technology also allows for impressive performance in the new Jetta. It provides an ideal synthesis of economic efficiency and ample power. This engine already fulfils the EU4 emissions standard thanks to the internal engine measures alone without the need for a particulate filter.
The extremely economic Jetta 2.0 TDI performs well in all areas with its impressive power reserves. This direct injection unit injector turbo diesel with four-valve technology and two overhead camshafts delivers 103 kW at 4,000 rpm.
Its torque development curve levels of at an impressive maximum 320 Newton metres between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The performance of this sports sedan is unbeatable across the board: the Jetta 2.0 TDI reaches a top speed of 207 km/h and accelerates from nought to 100 km/h in just 9.7 seconds. At the same time, it consumes just 5.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.
A manual six-speed gearbox transfers the engine power to the driven front wheels as standard. This engine can also be combined with the optional DSG six-speed transmission.
The 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI engine versions come with sporty six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. Furthermore two high-tech automatic gearboxes are available:
The sporty DSG transmission for both TDI versions and the 2.0 Turbo FSI as well as an advanced six-speed automatic with convenient Tiptronic control in the Jetta 2.0 FSI.
The DSG combines the ease of an automatic with the sporty and fuel-saving advantages of a manual gearbox. It has six forward gears and shifts extremely fast without interrupting the traction. The DSG transmission is the ideal gearbox for turbo diesel direct injections in particular. This is because the DSG is the first gearbox to maintain the full consumption advantages of diesel engines while allowing automatic gearshifts. Like the classic Tiptronic, this gearbox can also be used manually using a plus/minus gate.
The dynamic safety chassis for the new Jetta provides a successful synthesis of outstanding sportiness and convincing comfort qualities. A MacPherson strut front axle, which has been extensively optimised compared with the previous Bora model, along with an all-new multi-link rear axle decisively improve handling, driving comfort and safety. Boarder track widths at the front and rear lower the centre of gravity of the agile notchback. This allows higher cornering speeds and a more precise driving feel. The advanced electromechanical power steering provides assistance related to the speed, stabilises straight running and reduces the average consumption of the new Jetta by up to 0.2 litres.
The strut front axle with lower wishbone from the Bora has been extensively revised in numerous areas for use in the new Jetta. Greater transverse stiffness at the wheel contact point ensures improved steering precision. The stabiliser bar attachment reduces the body roll, while the ride and driving comfort benefits from the optimised angled shock absorbers, as well as the new bearing concept of the lower transverse link and the separate mounting of the spring and damper on the strut tower.
Multi-link Rear Axle
The truly innovative multi-link rear axle in the new Jetta allows both superior driving comfort and perfect handling properties. Thanks to this axle concept, the longitudinal and transverse dynamics of the new model can be optimised more or less independently of each other. Thanks to their carefully configured bearings, the three transverse links define the wheel variables like the track and camber that allow safe and agile cornering. The trailing link with its large-sized bearings define the longitudinal movement of the wheel.
Thanks to a slight toe-in angle, they also help prevent brake dive. In this way, they ensure stable road holding even when you brake in curves. Thanks to its refined kinematics or elasto kinematics, the Jetta's multi-link axle also easily meets the requirements for different loading states.
The extremely harmonious steering properties and the very precise steering feel in the new Jetta are down to the electromechanical power steering (EPS = Electrical Power Steering). It offers numerous advantages for the driving dynamics and also reduces the fuel consumption by up to 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres. Technical background: unlike conventional hydraulic solutions, the electromechanical system only acts when you turn the steering wheel. While you are driving straight ahead, it does not normally need any power. One exception: if the intuitive steering detects that the road is sloping crossways, it will counter steer accordingly.
The driver can therefore hold the Jetta on course more or less without any steering force. The immediate response of the steering from the centre position supports a particularly precise steering feel that improves safety and driving fun. The appropriate steering moment is built up for even the smallest steering angles. Thanks to the active return, the steering wheel automatically returns to the centre position when you exit corners.
The powerful brakes of the new Jetta form the basis for ideal short braking distances. It is characterised in particular by quick response and low brake pedal forces. Thanks to ABS plus ESP with the integrated brake assist DBA (Dual Brake Assist), it makes an important contribution to increasing active vehicle safety.
In all versions of the Jetta, vented disc brakes are used at the front with diameters ranging from 280 millimetres to 312 millimetres (2.0 Turbo FSI). Disc brakes with diameters from 260 to 288 millimetres are used on the rear axle. The latest generation of the electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) has a series of new features:
Adaptive Track Control Model (ATCM)
The car is also constantly monitored when the handling is stable. The advantage of this is that if the car becomes unstable, the system can correct it faster.
Low Dynamic ESP (LDE)
Intervenes even when there are small deviations during braking even though the car is still travelling stably.
Full Rear Axle Deceleration (FRAD)
Actively increases the pressure on the rear axle up to ABS intervention if the front wheels are in the ABS range, but the rear wheels are not.
Furthermore the new ESP generation includes the following functions: ABS (anti-lock brake system), ASR (traction control system), EBD (electronic brake pressure distribution), EDL (electronic differential lock), ESBS (extended stability brake system), HBA (hydraulic brake assist), EBC (engine braking control), overboost (additional hydraulic boost).
The new Jetta is making its debut on the Australian market with the 2.0 FSI, 2.0 TDI and 2.0 Turbo FSI models. The entry-level version alone has four power windows, electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors, the Dual Zone automatic air conditioning system, central locking with remote control, six airbags, head restraints and three-point seat belts for all five seats, electromechanical power steering as well as ABS with the electronic stabilisation programme (ESP), the ASR traction control system and 16’’ Atlanta alloy wheels.
Additionally the new Jetta features comfort-oriented standard equipment. It has features like comfort seats with lumbar support in the front, a front centre armrest with storage bin, rear parking distance sensors, low tyre pressure indicator and through-load facility for the asymmetrically split rear seat. Aluminium Microtec or Microtec Anthracite décor inlays are the main features of the interior depending on the trim.
The dynamic Jetta 2.0 Turbo FSI also indicates its special characteristics in its name. In addition to the features on the Jetta 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI, it also has a sports suspension lowered by 15 millimetres, 17-inch Classixs design alloy wheels, front fog lights and six disc CD changer with ten speakers as well as sports seats with lumbar support. Brushed Aluminium décor inlays in the interior also underline the sporty nature of this Jetta.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT for Jetta 2.0 FSI and 2.0 TDI in detail
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT in 2.0 Turbo FSI compared with Jetta 2.0 FSI Exterior equipment:
Volkswagen also offers a wide range of optional extras to customise the new Jetta. They include, for example, high-quality leather interiors and well-designed alloy wheels. An overview of the most important features: