Stylish saloon won’t be coming to Britain despite being one of the company’s best-selling models worldwide

Volkswagen has revealed its new Jetta at the Detroit motor show with a sharper design and new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The model, which will not be offered in Britain for the first time in more than thirty years following low sales for its predecessor, slots beneath the Passat in the brand’s US-line up. It has grown in length by 43mm and width by 35mm to offer improved cabin space.

The car gets reduced overhangs, which are now 10mm and 18mm shorter at the front and rear respectively. Much of its exterior design is reminiscent of the Passat and Golf, while inside, the dashboard is near identical.

The Jetta comes available with Volkswagen’s latest MIB instrument cluster, a 10.2in Active Info Display, as well as its dashboard-mounted touchscreen infotainment system. The technology is smartphone connectable, featuring Mirrorlink, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Power comes from a 1.4-litre TSI engine that produces 148bhp and 184lb ft of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or new, eight-speed automatic. This gearbox is not offered in Britain – the most cogs available from Volkswagen here are seven. An insider said that currently, there are no plans to change that.

Volkswagen has chosen to keep the latest Jetta out of Britain because the model’s forebears had experienced declining sales. Just 379 units of the previous Jetta were sold here between January and October of last year, the latter of which being when the model was removed from the line-up. That compared to 5398 Passats and 52,722 Golfs in the same time period.

Despite its decline in Britain, the Jetta, which was previously called the Bora here, is one of Volkswagen best-selling models globally, with around 17.5 million units having been produced since its introduction in 1979.

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15 January 2018

"The car’s more taught look ... "

Taught?

15 January 2018

Don't bother bringing it to continental Europe either. Jeez, is this car boring... Not even lens flare can disguise it. 

 

 

15 January 2018

Everyone knows the correct spelling is “tort”

Sorry, just couldn’t resist.

Robbo

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15 January 2018
Aussierob wrote:

Everyone knows the correct spelling is “tort”

Sorry, just couldn’t resist.

Robbo

 

I think the correct spelling is 'taut'

15 January 2018

Wow can't belive  such a boring design made it to productioon. Also what's with the Skoda rear lights?

15 January 2018
Audi called..the A4 wants it's rear lights back.

15 January 2018

It's neat and tidy and I quite like the dash.  Saloons of this size don't sell too well in the UK so it makes sense not to bring it here.  

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

15 January 2018
Bishop wrote:

It's neat and tidy and I quite like the dash.

At last a VW group product that has the satnav in the right place, ie. above the central air vents, well integrated into the dashboard without being a stick-out tablet that draws too much attention to itself.

No doubt Golf 8 will have a similar arrangement.

15 January 2018
Bishop wrote:

It's neat and tidy and I quite like the dash.  Saloons of this size don't sell too well in the UK so it makes sense not to bring it here.  

Although it appears the Audi A3 Saloon has done pretty well here in the UK. Message for Audi: Vauxhall called. They want the Belmont back! :-)

15 January 2018

This will sell very well in China and America. Those are conservative markets demands rich tech and predictable styling. The 1.4 TSI engine is a generation behind but VW tends to treat the American market with proven technology and its still a good engine. The Chinese tend to get the more up to date technology.

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