GERMANY/UK: Volkswagen details European-spec Jetta

By just-auto.com editorial team | 26 May 2005

Volkswagen has released first details of the European market Jetta, the redesigned and renamed Bora, which will be launched in Germany on 3 June and in the UK at the start of 2006.

The launch of the all-new 2005 model revives the Jetta name in Europe, dropped when production of the 'Mark 2' version ended in the early 1990s. The 'Mark 3' was called the Vento in Europe while the Bora name arrived in 1999 with the 'Mark 4'. The US and South Africa distributors have kept with the Jetta name.

Like the US version, the European-spec Jetta is a larger vehicle than the model it replaces. At 4.56 m long, it has grown by 18.2 cm, while width has increased by 2.5 cm to 1.76 m. The height has also increased by 1.5 cm to 1.46 m, while the wheelbase is 6.5 cm longer than before, at 2.58 m.

The luggage area has also increased in size, now offering a generous 527 litres of space - 72 litres more than the Bora. As before, for extra flexibility, the 60/40 split rear back-rest can be folded forwards to form an almost flat floor up to the front seats.

The Jetta will be offered in Europe with a choice of five engines. These are petrol 1.6-litre FSI (direct injection) 115 PS; 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS; and 2.0-litre T-FSI 200 PS; plus diesel 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS units. Both diesels will be available with Volkswagen's pioneering DSG (direct shift gearbox). As with other recent Volkswagens, the Jetta will feature multi-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical power steering.

Over 6.5 million of the Jetta's predecessors have been sold worldwide to date.