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Reader test: VW Jetta

2009-09-10 15:05

Iqram Mohamed, Johannesburg

I am a VW fan so I must admit there was some bias involved when writing this article. Anyway, let's get down to the car test.

I don’t know much about kWs, torque, etc. I'm sure there are many guys out there that are the same. What I do know though is that a car with 147 kW under the bonnet is not something to play around with. It picks up speed blisteringly quick. The dealer says my car comes fitted with the same motor as a Golf 5 GTI, the 2.0 FSI Turbo, so it has some grunt

Now I’ve driven many cars, Subarus, M3s, etc, but unfortunately or sadly none were owned by me. They are all awesome cars, I must admit, but getting married recently, I was forced to get a family car. So naturally I went to VW’s best Jetta.

My greatest buy so far - the upsides

What I love about my car is its stealth. Let me explain. No one would expect a Jetta to be this quick. I mean, it's sort of considered as an old man’s car. But let me tell you, when you need to overtake or to mess around on that odd day when you do want to feel yourself being pushed back into those damn comfy seats, this car is nice to have around. 0-100 in around 6 or 7 seconds ain't too bad for a car of this sort.

Yes, it comes at a price of around R280 000, but it comes with lots of standard features. Heated sport leather seats, full climate control, ABS, ESP, 17-inch wheels, electric windows, maintenance plan, etc.

In this car, you sometimes forget how quick you are actually going until you look at the speedo, so quick, and yet, for its size, very nimble.

And when it comes to loading, my goodness, it has an unbelievably HUGE boot. I have no idea how they do it, I mean, it doesn’t look big from the outside, but pop open the boot and you’ll see what I mean. It's like you're in a sci-fi movie and when you open the boot, it's like you looking into another dimension. LOL that’s how big it is. I’ve fitted everything from curtain rods, to fold away metal tables, to tyres, prams, you name it, it all goes in. Yes, sometimes I need to fold the back seats down to get more in.

The downsides

I can't think of many downsides. However, driving in peak hour traffic sometimes makes the fuel consumption go sky high. I guess that’s the same with many cars.

In any case, I love my car, the stealth, the space, the comfort, the luxury, everything. I don’t think people realise how nice Jettas really are to drive. My advice is to set up a test drive. And next time you see a Jetta next to you, think twice before having a go at it. It might be me, hehe.

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