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December 16, 2015
By Mario Cywinski

2016 Volkswagen Jetta2016 Volkswagen Jetta.
Many years ago Volkswagen placed a 2.0 litre inline-four cylinder engine in its Jetta and other models in North America. For a long time the engine served its purpose and had become a staple in the line-up. Now the dawn of a new engine era has arrived, with VW borrowing the 1.4 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine used as part of the hybrid system in the Jetta Hybrid model, to replace the 2.0L.

While the 2.0L’s demise signals the end of an era, the new 1.4L is an improvement in almost every way. It offers 150 horsepower, an increase of 35hp and 184 foot/pounds of torque, an increase of 59 ft/lbs. Fuel economy improves dramatically as well. The improvement in horsepower and torque is definitely noticeable and it gives the Jetta something it lacked with the 2.0L, a smooth ride and power on demand. Fuel economy is 8.5L/100km city, 6.0L/100km highway and 7.3L/100km combined, all double digit improvements, when equipped with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. A five-speed manual transmission is also available.

"For 2016, the Volkswagen Jetta has welcomed a new engine to the lineup. The 1.4TSI powerplant combines direct injection and turbocharging to produce 150 hp and 177 lb.ft. of torque…all while delivering 16 per cent better fuel economy than the engine it replaces," said Thomas Tetzlaff, Manager, Public Relations, VW Canada. "What is truly remarkable is that this is not an optional, “upgrade” engine, rather, it is found on the value leader in the lineup with a starting price of less than $16,000. Also included is a standard rearview camera, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity and a class-leading safety rating. All of this is wrapped in sophisticated styling that will look as fresh in three years as it does today. It is no wonder that the Jetta is Volkswagen’s best-selling car…and one of the best selling cars in Canada."

Since its launch in 2011, Volkswagen has been improving the Jetta in a plethora of ways. For 2014 model year, the Jetta dropped the 2.5L inline-five cylinder engine and replaced it with a 1.8L turbocharged engine which is now used on the Highline trim.

For 2015 model year the Jetta received a facelift with the front grille having three cross fins that widen the look of the front fascia, along with a new front and rear bumper.

Bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs are were added as options, as were blind spot monitoring system, rear traffic alert system and forward collision warning system. The interior was made to look more upscale with chrome ringed instruments and available colour display, new air vents, standard multifunction steering wheel, standard Bluetooth, and available dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta
Centre console of 2016 Volkswagen Jetta.
Now as a 2016 model it features the updated engine and other additions including the new App Connect infotainment system. The system offers larger screen sizes, which depending on trim level are 5”, 6.33”, 6.5” or 8”. The system has improved functionality and provides a USB input, as well as SD card slot and auxiliary input for audio. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

The Jetta is VW Canada’s number one selling fleet vehicle in 2014 according to IHS Automotive driven by Polk data. It ranks as the number eight most sold fleet car in Canada for 2014, having risen 34 spots since 2008, a testament to its many improvements over the years. Three trim levels will be available on Jetta with the 1.4L engine. Trendline, Trendline+ and Comfortline, the highest trim level available with the 1.4L engine. The Jetta also offers a Highline trim that is available with the 1.8L engine.

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