2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift : A Close Look

Ivan Leon

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The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Facelift has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. 14.15 - 20.17 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you’ll like:

• Classic, timeless and understated styling, mated with solid build quality
• 2.0L diesel is fast, torquey, refined & fuel-efficient. 6-speed manual is a joy to use
• Smooth, high-tech 6-speed DSG automatic (diesel). Lightning quick upshifts
• Spacious cabin, front & back
• Mature ride and handling package. Extremely well-tuned suspension
• Features such as bi-xenon headlamps, LED DRLs, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen ICE etc.
• 5 star NCAP rating. Safety kit includes 6 airbags, ABS + EBD, ESP, EDL and more

What you won’t:

Leather seats, sunroof & reversing camera are conspicuous by their absence
DSG only offered with the diesel's Highline variant. Octavia has it on the middle variant too
• Lacklustre 1.4L TSI petrol engine. Explosive 1.8L TSI isn't available in the Jetta
• Interior quality is a grade or two lower than the previous generation Jetta
• Unusually tall floor hump can make things uncomfortable for the 5th occupant
Newer Skoda Octavia has more power, equipment & a bigger boot
• VW's substandard dealership & service experiences

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian-car-scene/160809-2015-volkswagen-jetta-facelift-close-look.html
 

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Why are you so interested in the Indian market Ivan? I mean, some of that is irrelevant to our market. We get leather, reverse camera and sunroof options. Sounds like they do not. We get DSG in the petrol engines and we get the higher power TSI engine in the highline, which they do not...
 

Ivan Leon

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Just providing a a comparison of what is available in India, seeing as many of the current models sold in SA, supposedly from 'European' & 'Japanese' manufacturers, are actually sourced & manufactured over there.

I do agree with you however, that these do sometimes have different build quality & spec levels for models available in SA, when compared to similar variants sold in other overseas markets, like Latin America or Asia.

It seems that, from reading the various test reports & feedback on the Indian forums, that features such as alloy rims, low profile tyres, steering wheel controls & infotainment systems, seem to attract more buyers over there, and obvious safety enhancements such as ABS, EBD, ASC, and multiple airbags, are often only available in the highest spec levels, at an added cost

Or, as in the recent case of the Datsun GO, that ANY safety enhancements are just omitted in ALL variants, in the name of 'cost-cutting', thereby putting a potentially unsafe car on Indian (and South African) roads, with fatal consequences for their occupants in the case of a collision, which would have been survivable in a car that was fitted with these driver aids.


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