With Volkswagen celebrating its 60th Birthday it was only fair that Phakisa Freeway played host for the regional launch. Only 2 years after the launch of the Golf 6, concern was being raised as to when we’ll see this beast.
I have fallen in love with the way Volkswagen have managed to put their best designs forward when it comes to new generaton sedans, and I see nothing wrong with the Jetta 6. Following the CC, Vivo and passat the new and assertive front and back designs of the Jetta are sporty yet sopisticated. Its a winner in my books. The 5 laps around the upgraded track of Phakisa which also served host to this years’ Wesbank Series were perfect for us new test drivers, despite having to take corners and bends as if we’re pro’s it was a days worth.
The Jetta 6 petrol is fronted by the 1.2 TSI (77kW/175Nm), 1.4 TSI (90kW/200Nm) and 1.4 TSI (118kW/240Nm), and the diesel with 1.6 TDI (77kW/250Nm) and a 2.0-litre TDI (103kW/320Nm). All derivatives are available with a slick six-speed manual gearbox except the 1.6 TDI (5-speed) and, for the time being, this engine is the only one available with the optional 7-speed DSG automatic ‘box. Trendline, Comfortline or Highline trim levels are available, with optional extras lists in accordance. Like me, if you love ypur gadgets your going to cough a lot more for those luxury specifications. Quite suprisingly pricing on this machine is simar to those of the Toyota Corolla, which by the way I reckon calls for major competition. All Jetta models come standard with a 5-year/90 000km service plan and 3-year/120 000km warranty, as well as a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Pricing starts at R222 000 for the 1.2 TSI Trendline, R234 500 for the 1.4TSI 90kW Trendline (add R10 000 for the Comfortline), R259 500 for the 1.6 TDI Comfortline (add R14 500 for the DSG gearbox), R274 500 for the 1.4 TSI 118kW Highline and R297 200 for the 2.0 TDI Highline
*Images supplied, those from the acual launch can be found in our gallery and Flckr page