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Volkswagen has revised the Golf-based Jetta saloon – with updates inside and out, along with improvements to fuel economy. 

The Jetta features new tweaked styling front and rear with a revised radiator grille and reprofiled bumpers. At the back are new taillights and an aerodynamic rear boot lip spoiler. Together these details help make the Jetta 10 per cent more aerodynamic than before and freshen up the look of this car, which was launched back in 2011.

The Jetta also receives a revised interior with a new steering wheel design and instruments along with updated trim across the centre console and fabric designs. GT models also gain ambient cabin lighting for a more upmarket feel.

Fuel economy and emissions have also been improved slightly, with all models featuring fuel-saving BlueMotion kit including a stop/start system and battery energy recuperation. The Jetta is available with a selection of the Golf’s engines – two petrol versions and two diesels.

Starting off the range is the 123bhp 1.4 TSI 125, available solely with a six-speed manual, followed by the 1.4 TSI 150 with 148bhp and the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic. Diesel versions on offer are the 109bhp 2.0 TDI 110 with a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG and the 148bhp 2.0 TDI 150 with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The most economical model is the 2.0 TDI 110, which returns 70.6mpg in manual form and 67.3mpg with an automatic gearbox. The 2.0 TDI 150 manual matches the latter figure while the automatic version drops to 62.8mpg. 

Of the petrol versions, the more powerful car is actually more economical too, with a fuel consumption figure of 53.3mpg versus 52.3mpg. The most frugal petrol though, is the 1.4 TSI 150 DSG, which returns an impressive 55.4mpg. CO2 emissions for all models are low with the diesels costing £30 at most and petrol versions coming in at £30 to £110 for 2014-15.

Three specification levels are available – S, SE and GT. All versions include a digital radio, stability control, electric windows and air conditioning. SE models add 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather multifunction steering wheel and cruise control. 

Top of the range GT trim gains lowered sports suspension with 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, front fog lights. It also includes automatic headlights and wipers, along with a colour multifunction trip computer. 

Prices for the updated Jetta start at £18,815 for the 1.4 TSI 125 S and rise to £24,715 for the 2.0 TDI 150 DSG GT. The revised model is available to order now with the first deliveries in December.

Author: Christofer Lloyd


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