What is it?
Our first chance to drive VW's refreshed Jetta saloon on home soil, the car having made its debut at the New York motor show back in April.
We've praised this generation of Jetta for finally injecting some individuality and personality into what has long since been a fairly forgettable mix.
The latest raft of changes bring mild styling tweaks - most notably with revised air intakes and new LED DRLs - while there are new instruments and an updated steering wheel design inside.
The overall shape is slippier, too, making the Jetta ten per cent more aerodynamic than before.
It's available with either a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with 148bhp, or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with either 108bhp or 148bhp. It's the lower-powered diesel version we're testing here, in mid-spec SE trim and with a five-speed manual transmission - tipped to be the volume seller in the UK.
Standard kit is pretty impressive for a small saloon - you get stop/start and battery recuperation functions, cruise control, air conditioning, DAB radio with MP3 and auxiliary functions and a 3.5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. For that you'll pay £21,425.
At that price point, the Jetta not only faces competition from other junior saloons like the Skoda Octavia, but also from the new, eighth-generation Passat, which starts at £22,215.
What's it like?
To drive, it feels very much like the old model. That's no bad thing, because the outgoing car was comfortable, practical and fairly economical.
It's spacious inside, and comes with some truly great ergonomics. All controls fall within easy reach of the driver, and between the adjustable seat, armrest and steering wheel you won't be hunting around for long to find a decent driving position.
The 2.0-litre TDI engine in our test car produces 108bhp and 185lb ft of torque. That's good enough, says Volkswagen, for a 0-62mph sprint time of 11.0 seconds, but getting up to motorway speeds can feel somewhat asthmatic. There's still enough pace for decent progress, though, provided you're prepared to kick down a gear when overtaking.