I must admit I wasn’t expecting much from the new Jetta when setting out to see its European launch in Munich last night. I, like many others, had always seen it as merely a slightly awkward and compromised ‘Golf with a boot’.

But not anymore. And, judging some of the forum comments on our news story, most of you would seem to agree, too.

Read the full story on the new European-spec VW Jetta

The Jetta was known as a ‘Golf with a boot’ because, well, it was. As the Jetta’s technical project manager Michael Hinz told me, “It was easier and cheaper to do it that way. But this time we’ve started from scratch.”

The Jetta may use the same PQ35 platform as the Golf, has the same radio and similar switchgear and a similar engine range. But the similarities stop there.

The wheelbase is 70mm longer than the old Golf-derived Jetta to offer more boot space and 67mm of extra legroom for rear passengers. The front axle has also been moved forward, while the rear track has been widened to allow for the two differing rear suspension set-ups.