FAW-VW Jetta Gets First Redesign in 22 Years

Like Shanghai-Volkswagen Santana, the Jetta from FAW-Volkswagen is both a hero and a mark of disgrace for the Chinese auto industry, loved and hated by many. The two accomplished something extraordinary by making cars affordable to millions. And yet, by dominating the market for over 20 years with outdated technology and design from the 1980s, they became ubiquitous moving signs of the incompetence of local players.

FAW-Volkswagen started to roll out the second-gen Jetta in Changchun in late 1991, just one month before the third-gen was born in Germany. The second-gen, with several variants, had remained in production and on the top-selling list till earlier this year. In August 2002, it passed the mark of half-a -million sales; in July 2006, of one-million; and last year, of two-and-a-half-million.

Past Jetta models in China
Jetta (Year in which it was launched) Version produced in China
Jetta Mark 1 (1979) (None)
Jetta Mark 2 (1984) "Jetta"
Jetta Mark 3 (1992) (None)
Jetta Mark 4 (1998) Bora
Jetta Mark 5 (2005) Sagitar
Jetta Mark 6 (2010) New Sagitar

After 22 years, the Chinese Jetta finally got a redesign for 2013. Reborn on the PQ25 platform, it is now a sibling of the Polo, revamped Santana, and upcoming Skoda Rapid from Shanghai-Volkswagen. In FAW-Volkswagen’s product line, it is slotted below Bora (derived from the Jetta Mark 4) and Golf, with prices starting from 82,800 Yuan.

The powertrains are shared with Santana, featuring a 66kW 1.4 liter and 81kW l.6 liter. For gearbox, the 1.4L versions come with only a 5MT, while the 1.6L ones get an additional 6AT.

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FAW-Volkswagen builds the new Jetta in its Chengdu factory, and plans to sell 200,000 of it in 2013.

2013 FAW-VW Jetta 1.4 MT Fashion 1.4 MT Comfort 1.6 MT Fashion 1.6 MT Comfort 1.6 AT Comfort 1.6 MT Luxury 1.6 AT Luxury
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 82,800 92,800 88,300 98,300 108,300 109,300 119,300
Date of Market Launch
March 9, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
EA211 1.4L (1395cc) L4 16V DOHC
EA211 1.6L (1598cc) L4 16V DOHC
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
66/5500
81/6000
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
132/3800
160/3800
Transmission
5MT
6AT
5MT
6AT
Suspension Front
MacPherson
Suspension Rear
Trailing arm
Drivetrain
Front engine, front wheel drive
Top Speed (km/h)
181
185
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
12.4
10.8
11.8
10.8
11.8
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/drum
Steering
Speed-sensing electrical power
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km) 5.9

6.0 6.6 6.0 6.6
Tank Capacity (L)
55
Emission Level
China/Euro IV (Euro V in Beijing)
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4487
Overall Width (mm)
1706
Overall Height (mm)
1470
Wheelbase (mm)
2603
Turning Radius (m)
5.35
Ground Clearance (mm)
120
Curb Weight (kg)
1120
1170
1120
1170
Seating Capacity
5
Cargo Volume (L)
466
  1.4 MT Fashion 1.4 MT Comfort 1.6 MT Fashion 1.6 MT Comfort 1.6 AT Comfort 1.6 MT Luxury 1.6 AT Luxury
Exterior  
Tires 175/70 R14 185/60 R15 175/70 R14
185/60 R15
Alloy Wheels N S N S S S S
Front Fog Lamps
N S N S S S S
Heated and Power Exterior Mirrors O S O S S S S
Heat-proof Windows N S N S S S S
Dual-panel Power Sunroof N S N S S S S
Interior  
Cruise Control N S N S S S S
Power Windows S S S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S S
Cruise Control N S N S S S S
Leather Steering Wheel with Multi Controls N N N N N S S
Leather Seats N N N N N S S
Heated Front Seats N O N O O O O
Number of Speakers 2 4 2 4 4 4 4
Radio/AUX-IN S S S S S S S
CD Player O S O S S S S
Blue-tooth Connectivity N N N N N S S
Manual Air Conditioner S S S S S N N
Auto Air Conditioner N N N N N S S
  1.4 MT Fashion 1.4 MT Comfort 1.6 MT Fashion 1.6 MT Comfort 1.6 AT Comfort 1.6 MT Luxury 1.6 AT Luxury
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N O N O O S S
ABS+EBD, TCS S S S S S S S
ESP, BA N O N O O S S
Anti-theft Engine S S S S S S S
Remote Key N S N S S S S
Back-up Radar N S N S S S S