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2014-12-11 13:27

NEW TOUCHES FOR OLD FAVOURITE: The VW Jetta is pretty much a fixture on the corporate price lists but the automaker has made some styling and cabin equipment changes for 2015. Take a look... Image: VW

VW's Jetta was introduced in South Africa in 1980 and has since sold more than  273 000 units as one of the world's most successful sedans - more than 14-million since 1979.

Nearly a million were sold in 2013, making the Jetta one of the top selling in the VW Group.

Whatever, everything can be improved, so VW has made some modest changes for 2015, among them redesigned nose and bum to be "sportier and modern". The body has been further sculpted; the improvements, VW says, have reduced drag by another 10%.


Look carefully and you'll note a redesigned grille with three fins and a revised bumper with, depending on model, revised lights - the bi-xenon headlights and L-shaped running lights particular features.

The interior has been refreshed "to ensure the new Jetta is more sophisticated" and the instrument cluster, steering-wheel, upholstery (Trendline only) and accents are all new.

The engine, however, are unchanged 1.2 TSI 77kW, 1.4 TSI 90kW and 1.4 TSI 118kW) turbopetrol and 1.6 TDI 77kW and 2.0 TDI 103kW turbodiesel.


The new visual band formed by the radiator grille and the headlights, VW says, as well as the now larger lower air inlet, "give the Jetta a more impressive, wider and modern appearance, reinforced by the re-sculpted fog lights".

Re-designed boot lid, tail lights, VW logo and rear bumper also identify the latest Jetta

The driver is now faced by instruments in "a sporty tube look", a multifunction display, a different steering-wheel, gloss black trim next to the gear-shifter, chromed accents, freshened air vents and ambient lighting (Highline derivatives).

As many as six airbags are offered, among them new head-thorax bags for rollover protection.


The Jetta is offered in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline,Highline. Key features of each below.

  • Trendline
    Manual aircon
    Radio RCD-310 with 8-loudspeakers
  • Front, centre armrest with storage box
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Electric windows front and rear
  • Driver and front passenger's front and side airbags with passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Driver and front passenger's seat height adjustment
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • IsoFix child seat preparation for two outer rear seats
  • Glovebox, cooled and illuminated
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob & handbrake handle
  • Electric exterior mirrors, separately heated
  • Body-coloured bumpers and door handles
  • Body-coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators incorporating LED technology
  • Auto-dimming interior mirror
  • Separate daytime running lights
  • Windshield wiper intermittent control with rain sensor
  • Black radiator grille
  • Black lower air intake
  • 16" alloy rims
  • 16" steel spare
  • Hill-hold
  • Cruise control
  • Electronic stability control
    USB port
  • Cloth upholstery

  • Comfortline
    Trendline specs plus...
    Tyre-pressure monitors
    Front fog lights
  • Chromed exterior trim (includes upper grille)
  • Radio/CD (6-CD changer, SD reader, touchscreen)
  • Rear centre armrest, two cupholders
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 16" alloy rims

  • Highline

    As per Comfortline plus...
    Sports front seats
    Auto aircon
    Cloth upholstery
    16" steel spare
    Chromed window mouldings
    Front fog-lights, static cornering lights
    Headlight washers
    17" alloy rims

  • Options
  • 17" alloy rims
    Power sunroof
    Leather upholstery
    Front and rear parking radar
    Bluetooth phone preparation
    Satellite navigation
    Rear-view camera
    Towball (except for 1.2 TSI)
    Bi-xenon headlights with diode daytime running lights
    Keyless access (locking and starting system)

    Retail Prices (inc VAT and emissions tax)
    1.2 TSI 77kW Trendline       -                     R258 000
    1.4 TSI 90kW Trendline             -               R272 500
    1.4 TSI  90kW Comfortline           -             R286 700
    1.4 TSI  90kW Comfortline DSG      -           R302 700
    1.6 TDI 77kW Comfortline               -          R302 900
    1.6 TDI 77kW Comfortline DSG          -        R318 900
    1.4 TSI 118kW Highline DSG               -      R331 900
    2.0 TDI 103kW Highline DSG                -     R358 000

    Warranty and service
    The revised Jetta range carries a five-year or 90 000km service plan, three-year of 120 000km warranty and a 12-year no rust-through warranty.
    Service intervals 15 000km.

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