Volkswagen Jetta (2011) 2.0 Highline AT - Design Review
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Design Review of Volkswagen Jetta (2011) 2.0 Highline AT
Last Updated at 08:24 pm, August 22, 2012Rating :
The new Jetta is smart looker and quickly erases memory of the previous model
| Photography: Eshan Shetty
The Jetta is a very successful bloodline for Volkswagen - in fact in China, various generations of the Jetta are known to co-exist due to their high demand. There is no doubt that the curvaceous Jetta was a great car for its price. But you will agree, that as compared to aggressive cars like the Civic, the Laura and the Cruze, the bulbous Jetta looked like an obese, pet pigeon that was trying to flutter its wings in a bunch of wild cats! The scarce amount of Jettas on the road also explains what I'm trying to say. But now, there is a new one and the Germans have done very a good job with the styling.
The tailgate of the new Jetta is still quite subtle, but the design makes it appear like a baby-Audi from a distance. The taillights don't have any LEDs or meteor shower themes, but the reflective elements mimic the optical light guides that you see on cars like the new Audi A6.
But while the tailgate looks quite distinctive than the current crop of Volkswagens in the country, the side profile the new Jetta makes it look like an overgrown Vento - which is a good thing - because you get large cabin space while still maintaining a sporty, low roofline. But that also means that the glasshouse is sleek too and could make you feel claustrophobic if you are tall and plan to sit in the back seat.
The icing on the cake though is a front end. Yes, it's too similar to a Vento again - but that, is in a passing glance. Look carefully and you will see the aggression in the design. It looks like an angry face - anger for the way the preceding Jetta was received in our market. You get the sharp double-barrel headlights that bear the Scirocco look. These headlights incorporate daytime running lights as well, but unlike the rest of their group siblings, these aren't LEDs.
The overall look of the new Jetta makes it look more confident and smart as compared to its earlier model, but the familial resemblance to the Vento is evident.
First Published on 02:49 pm, December 02, 2011