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The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta facelift has just been launched Malaysia, available in three variants: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, priced at RM109,578, RM118,578, and RM129,578 respectively, on-the-road without insurance. It was officiated new custodians of the Volkswagen brand in Malaysia, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, under Porsche Holding Salzburg.

The updated Jetta employs Volkswagen’s current 1.4 TSI direct-injection four-cylinder engine, which sports a single turbocharger instead of the outgoing model’s twin-charger (a supercharger and a turbocharger) unit. Already in service in the updated Golf 1.4 TSI, the new motor trades a bit of outright power for additional torque – 10 PS down and 10 Nm up from the previous engine.

Now with 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, power goes to the front axle via a seven-speed dry dual-clutch automatic with manual override (with paddle shifter on the Highline), propelling the updated Jetta from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, onwards to a 220 km/h top speed. In comparison, the pre-facelift model clocked 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 221 km/h.

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For the new Jetta, automatic stop-start with regenerative braking is standard across all variants, working together with the revamped engine and transmission to improve fuel consumption to just 5.0 litres per 100 km (20.0 km/l), down from 6.0 l/100 km (16.7 km/l) for the outgoing model. This qualifies the facelifted Jetta for EEV (energy efficient vehicle) status.

The revised Jetta wears a more grown-up look, particularly in top Highline trim, giving it a bit more resemblance to its B7 Passat bigger brother. The range-topper is distinguishable at the front by its bi-xenon projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights (others get halogen reflectors), LED tail lamps, “Queensland” alloy wheels measuring 17-inches in diameter wrapped in 225/45R17 tyres and keyless entry.

Exclusive features for the top model include a push-button engine start (placed in front of the gear lever), cruise control, black Vienna leather upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a new five-inch RCD 330G touchscreen head unit with Bluetooth and MirrorLink, linked to eight speakers. It must be noted that MirrorLink is only supported on a limited range of phones, therefore functions such as Waze is not a given here.

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Next up, the Comfortline variant adds back what the Trendline omitted from the outgoing Jetta: multifunction controls on the steering wheel, Climatronic dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and an RCD 330G head unit with six speakers. The Comfortline rolls on 16-inch “Navarra” wheels, shod in 205/55R16 tyres.

On the base Trendline variant, halogen headlamps, 16-inch “Sedona” alloy wheels shod with 205/55R16 tyres, front and rear foglamps, “Sienna” fabric upholstery, RCD 220 head unit with six speakers (and no Bluetooth), manual air-con with rear vents are included, along with new “Zebrano” trim inserts.

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Safety kit for all variants include six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), anti-pinch windows on all four doors and a hill-hold assist function.

A total of four colours are available on the revised Jetta – Candy White, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black, and like all Volkswagens purchased from the franchise holder from September 1, it comes with a five-year, manufacturer-backed warranty, which replaces the previous 2+3 coverage.

For the Jetta’s full equipment and specifications details, check out Carbase.my.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI Highline

2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI Comfortline