VW JETTA MKVI (2017): IS THE KING still?
We met him as Atlantic, but he was actually the first Jetta. At that time where large cars predominated in Mexico and the civilized world, no one would think that that cart reduced in size and power, would be a bestseller, and catapulted to Success (Along with Golf) to Volkswagen of Mexico.
With an efficient engine, a simple dashboard, austere and comfortable interiors and a modern design (square, modern for the time) the Atlantic won the hearts of Mexicans. The second generation arrives in the country in 1988 evolving in size and shape, although not much in motorization. It is in 1991 when in Mexico we met the famous and newest 2.0 HP engine of 115 HP and a tree at the head. The Jetta was a difficult car to reach by its competitors of aspirated engines (already if a turbo came into the wall, the story changed) and it remained a simple and highly modifiable maintenance car.
In September 1992 the MkIII Golf arrives in our country and two months later the Jetta. Both as models '93, and both imported. It was until 1995 when the VW Puebla plant took production for the '96 models and cut costs, due to the severe economic devaluation of Mexico at that time, which in the end was noticed in cheaper materials, lack of equipment, increase in increasingly austere versions, etc., but this was not a problem of VW of Mexico. It was a problem of all brands and the whole country: Remember the Nissan Tsuru that from 92 to 95 were equipped and that from 96 they began to take everything away, until they thinned the caliber of the sheet; The newest Chevy Joy and Swing that came from Belgium in 94 and 95 … well, from 96 onwards, we met the Chevy POP, which was practically a piece of equipment.
But well, let's go back to the Jetta.
In the middle of '99 the arrival of generation 4 is announced and the images are filtered in the car magazines, making known the beautiful and modern Jetta MkIV that already looked like a totally different car, more solid, modern, and already with a little bit of Audi shapes. But the base engine (and many versions) was the 2.0 that already looked old because it had not been updated at all; Even so, it was the reference car and the best selling of the segment (thanks also to the fact that in VW they always drive like 10 versions for each model, even before they even discounted – or increased – the cost of metallic paint).
Generation 5 was about to arrive by 2006, but VW from Mexico says: Jetta 4 sells so well …. Why take it off? Let's put the Jetta 5 under another name and sell both at the same time. It will be called "BORA"
The Jetta 5 (Bora) was certainly an advance in every way. VW had surprised again. Although in our country it was treated as a higher-end car, the truth is that it is not. It is a 5th generation Jetta.
That's when the 2.5 5-cylinder engine debuts More power, although very thirsty. Anyway, VW from Mexico had been updated.
After a resounding success of the Jetta 5, in 2010 the next generation is presented, who decide to introduce it as "BICENTENARY" in Mexico, since in that year 200 years of the independence of Mexico were just celebrated. Well played, VW.
The detail is that, within these modern and beautiful lines, the car no longer presented a quantum advance. What's more: Many consumers still prefer a Jetta 5 to a 6 … and it is that as we know the quality – especially in the inbound versions – of the Jetta 6 is no longer superior to that of the competition. He returned to the rear rigid axle suspension scheme (which was a reason for recalls and a whole scandal because the rear axle was released and had to modify it up to 2 years later). He returned to the old engine 2.0 of 115 horses. Yes, that engine we met in '91, turns 25. It is gastalón and little powerful for today, but people keep buying it. And the saying goes: "If they buy you, sell." The same with the interiors. The input versions have cheap and rough materials.
In the middle versions we find the 2.5 that we already said debuted in 2006, which gives a good power for the segment but also begins to be surpassed by the new products of the competition.
The car is attractive. Very seen. But attractive. It handles very well. It feels solid and heavy but responds quickly and gives good security when required. Clarifying that it is not a sports car. For that we would have to turn to see the GLi.
Is the Jetta 6 still the king? To our liking no longer. We also consider that the change from 4 to 5 was better than that from 5 to 6 … Anyway, it is already going out, because next year we will be showing Generation 7 of this popular car.
And there we will be to try it.
– Car consulting Mexico.