Considering our test car was sadly equipped with malfunctioning ABS and ESP units, we didn't exactly drive it to the limit, so we can't give a fully objective opinion on the vehicle's handling. During the few hours we got the chance to experience the Jetta 1.4 TSI, most of the driving was done in the city, but we also put a few miles on the open road. That - plus the fact that we've also experienced the car's hatchback brother – means we will try to offer some opinion anyway.
Just like on the Golf, the suspension setup is a bit on the sporty side, except it will handle a bit different than its tailless sibling because of the extra weight. The feel of the steering on tight turns is invigorating, while the way the suspension acts during cornering or hard(ish) braking provide a nice and safe modus operandi for the driver.
As far as performance goes, we failed to get any highway time with our test car because of the short window in which we had the car, but we can tell you it should be much more than what someone would expect from a 1.4-liter four banger. The naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration sits just under the round 10-seconds figure, while the 200 Nm (147.5 lb ft) of torque are more than helpful when passing long lines of cars.
The acoustic comfort at speeds averaging 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) is adequate as long as you keep the engine rev until 2500-3000 rpm, since after those figure it begins to enter the cockpit via sound waves. Not to say it sounds bad, since it actually provides a nice deep growl at low revs and has a pretty good pitch at higher rpm. We didn't perceive any bad aerodynamic noises at those speeds though, which was to be expected from a sedan (when compared to a hatchback, ed).Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
OK, I am now officially in desperate need of some Valium or Xanax. Are you kidding me, the car I drove had no ABS? As in none, not even on a single wheel? I can't believe how obtuse you guys can be, what if I had crashed it? I have to admit, the fact that the tires emitted quite a distinctive shriek whenever I was too optimistic about a green light seemed to be a little peculiar, but I didn't give it too much attention at the time.
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