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Volkswagen Jetta

4/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Jetta

£20,870£25,455

Driving

What is it like on the road?

The Jetta feels well engineered and always on your side. You always get lots of warning of what’s happening, and it’s almost always benign. It’s not all that light on its feet though.

Any of the 1.4 TSI engines over-delivers - it comes as a 122, 140 and 170 output, but also has generous torque at usefully low revs, so forget about the small capacity. The 1.6 base engine is a bit raucous, and underwhelming. The 2.0 high-power diesel is the noisy TDI design - wait for the smoother common-rail version that’s being rolled out across the VW Group.

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

8/10

Volkswagen Golf

£17,570£34,340
Do you really need that separate boot? Thought not - get a Golf
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