The Volkswagen brand is now almost synonymous with quality, reliable vehicles, especially their range of world-beating sedan models like the 2021 VW Jetta. One word always comes to mind when you think of the Jetta: “Solid.” That it is, offering excellent fuel economy, refined looks, a surprising amount of storage space and much more. It’s the terrific family sedan that all Nova Scotian’s deserve.
Exterior and Powertrain
On the outside, the 2021 Jetta delivers clean, pleasing lines, an authoritative executive look and universal style with which every driver can fall in love. It comes with 16” wheels as standard, but an array of 17” alloy options are also available, or they come standard with the higher trims. Other attractive exterior features as standard include body-colored mirrors, LED headlights and taillights and more.
The standard powertrain is a 1.4L TSI gasoline engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The base-level setup delivers 147 hp and 184lb-ft of torque. The engines don’t change on the higher trim levels, but you can get an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic on the higher rims like the Execline. This gives you unbeatably smooth and seamless gear shifts, making for an even silkier ride.
On the inside, the Jetta is elegant simplicity through and through. There’s a reason the VW Jetta and Volkswagen sedans in general are so widely popular, and it’s because the interiors are comfortable and sophisticated but without any pretension. The space in the Jetta is generous, even for a sedan, and from the driver’s seat, you get an excellent and commanding view of the road ahead.
You get a choice of either Storm Grey or Titan Black for your upholstery, with nice silver-look finishes in all the right places like the gear shift, sheering wheel and across the dash for a clean and contemporary look. Storage is extremely generous, first with a central leatherette-covered bin between the driver’s and passenger seat, as well as large door bins, and 400 liters of storage in the trunk.
Even from the standard trim, you can personalize the interior of your Jetta with your choice of 10 colors in ambient lighting to really set the mood and tone for every drive. Get the higher trims and you can also enjoy chrome inserts, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel footwell lights, lumbar support for the driver’s seat and much more.
Technology and Connectivity
There’s a nice 6.5” central infotainment screen as standard, which connects seamlessly with your Android Auto or Apple CarPlay via handily backlit USB ports on the centra stack. You’ll have no trouble finding those, now. An HD parking camera also comes as standard. Some extra tech on the higher-level Execline includes voice control, a digital instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers, keyless access and remote start.
Bluetooth connections are made easy thanks to the easy drop-down menu within the infotainment screen, and an upgrade to the Execline will get you a BeatsAudio premium 8-speaker audio system and wireless charging capability.
When looking at any VW, a Nova Scotian will have a high expectation of safety, and the 2021 VW Jetta doesn’t disappoint in that regard. As a standard list for the base level, you get automatic headlights, electronic stability control, multiple airbags, tire pressure monitoring system and a vehicle immobilizer and alarm.
Available ADAS features include front assist with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high beam control, blind spot monitor that appears in your side mirrors offering a rear traffic alert, lane keep assist and more. In every respect, Volkswagen have got you covered. To prove its safety credentials, the 2021 Jetta is backed up by a 5-star rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Efficiency and Performance
Reliably efficient Volkswagen have delivered another fuel-efficient model. The 2021 Jetta offers an impressive rating of 5.8L/100km on the highway and just 7.9L/100km in the city. When you put that together with the very affordable $21,595 as a starting price on the entry-level Comfortline model, only ranging up to $28,995 as a starting rate for the top Execline trim. In between that you get the Highline, which starts at just $25,495. That’s a lot of prestige sedan you get for the money.
While safety, efficiency and affordability are obviously important qualities of a family car, and even the first consideration of many buyers in Nova Scotia, VW don’t begrudge you some performance in your choice. You’d be foolish to underestimate the power of the 1.4L engine, which still delivers a pleasing 147 horsepower. It provides an impressive pull as you accelerate from a stand-still, with enough power to comfortably pass others when you’re travelling the highway. It’ll get from 0 to 60 in 7.6 seconds.
Within the eclectic VW line, cars are built with some difference in the experience held in mind. Typical sedan drivers value comfort of raw power and speed. Those who might opt for the sportier VW Golf hatchback, for example, may do so for the nimbler and smaller build for athletic weaving and chicaning. The Jetta is a car built with the family in mind. It’s comfortable, quiet and easy to handle. It allows you to focus on the things that matter to you more when you’re on the road.
The Attraction of the Jetta
The 2021 VW Jetta is a no-brainer for most. It’s the car you go for when you have so many different needs that it’s hard to pinpoint on a single car. Its versatility, good looks, impressive standard features as well as an exhaustive list of optional extras make it a car that carries genuine universal appeal. Furthermore, the fact that buyers can climb to the top of the trim levels without breaking the $30,000 barrier is another attractive feature of this fantastic sedan.
Drivers in Nova Scotia looking for a dependable, affordable, safe and comfortable family sedan need look no further than their Jim Sampson Motors. Learn more about how the features and technology of the newest Jetta can enhance your family’s on-road driving life.