Immediate references to the Vento are inevitable and if you did so, don’t worry — we did it too. Understated has always been the operative word at Volkswagen and the Jetta sits neatly between the Passat and the Vento, perhaps leaning a bit too much toward its younger sibling. That said, the Jetta looks nothing like its predecessor and it now has more of a coupe-like stance, raked windscreen/A-pillar, et al. The distinctions are there, but in fine print.
The first thing you’ll notice is the incorporation of daytime running lamps in, again, a very Volkswagen family headlamp unit. The grille slats are familiar and so is the chin. What really gets your attention, though, is the way the bonnet merges with the fenders, a la the BMW 5 Series.
Get inside and you are again greeted with Volkswagen family traits, only this time they’re most prominent. The materials are all high-quality and it is as solidly built as any other car in its segment, perhaps even more. We drove the Jetta in Highline trim, which is the top-of-the-line variant and it (along with the Comfortline) gets leatherette upholstery although of a different design than the latter. Through the range, the Jetta gets genuine leather wrapped on the steering wheel, gearshift knob and the hand brake lever grip.
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