Comparing the Golf V with the latest Jetta in terms of styling would be like comparing the Jennifer Lopez from 1995 to Jennifer Lopez from 2009: basically they look the same, with the exception that the latter has a much bigger trunk. No offense to J Lo fans, but that's pretty much the truth.
The Jetta's frontal design is over 99% identical to that of the Golf V, with a single major exception – the addition of an exaggerate amount of "plastic chrome" on the grille. Apart from differentiating the two models, this "addition" was most likely included to both please the "chrome friendly" Americans and displease most of the "Q-car-loving" Europeans", which don't appreciate "bling" that much.
Unfortunately for some, our test-driving team mostly consists of the second type of potential customers. In other words, apart from looking a bit boring (as most of the pre-De'Silva Volkswagens looked), the Jetta's front also looks unnecessarily bling-bling.
Going to the side of the car we find some classic four-door sedan proportions and lines. This is not necessarily a downside, since the Jetta proves to be one of the rare sedan models derived from a hatchback which don't look like a weird mix of different types of design. The boring factor is deducting some points from the whole package though.
As for the design of the rear, designers apparently tried too much to make the Jetta integrate in the Volkswagen sedan model range and the result isn't exactly pretty. The taillights and overall rear-design look almost identical to that of the Passat, but every detail is morphed to fit on the car's smaller height and width. This odd combination makes it look like the Passat's uglier, smaller and most of all chubbier brother. Not exactly a pretty sight.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
If I ever fulfill my dream of becoming a car company... ahem... CEO, let's say, of Volkswagen, the first thing on my dictatorship agenda would be to outlaw every engine that makes less than 150 horsepower. Seriously now, 122 horsepower on a sedan? What is this, the 1950s? My Alcantara and Amboyna Burl wood-filled electric rocking chair has... ahem... more power than this puny Volkswagen.
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