Volkswagen shows off the new European Jetta

Volkswagen has unveiled the version of the Jetta that it will be selling in Europe, and showed off a few of the subtle changes the car enjoys over its American equivalent.

The visual tweaks are minor, with VW saying the Jetta is now no longer merely a booted Golf, but it is the engine line-up that predictably sees the biggest change from the American version.
Petrol options include 104bhp 1.2 TSI and 120bhp 1.4 TSI versions, while the diesels are a 104bhp 1.6 TDI and a 2.0 TDI with either 138bhp or 168bhp. All engines apart from the entry level petrol can come with a choice of a manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the UK's big seller is expected to be the entry level 1.6-litre diesel.

This diesel comes with technology that means CO2 is down at 109g/km and fuel consumption at 68mpg, but this will only wear the Bluemotion technology badge, suggesting there is scope for a more frugal Bluemotion Jetta to join the range.

Other changes include a wider rear track than on the outgoing model, as well as tweaked springs and dampers. The Jetta also gets a more sophisticated suspension setup similar to the one on the European Golf rather than the more basic torsion beam system on the US cars.

Sales will start early next year and prices are expected to kick off around £17,000.

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