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The most efficient model of this reincarnation of the Jetta uses VW's 1.6 TDI Bluemotion engine and emits 109g/km, but those after more power should consider this top-of-the-range 2.0-litre TDI with official figures of 138g/km CO2 and 53.3mpg.
The Jetta had good ride quality and handling but low-down gear changes in the normally impressive DSG auto 'box were disappointing and the TDI engine could be more refined. VW, though, has pitched the car way below it's only true saloon competitor, Volvo's S40. The top-spec S40 D3 R-Design costs almost £3k more, emits 149g/km and has weaker RVs at 31.6% vs 34.8%, all adding up to a CPM of 61.4p against the VW's 52.6p.
However, VW won't find it easy to convince people to buy the Jetta - not because it's bad but because it's an awkward car for a segment dominated by hatchbacks. Despite that, its good value and decent looks make it worth considering.
VW Jetta 2.0 TDI 140hp Sport BlueMotion Technology DSG 4dr