Volkswagen Jetta Malaysia Archive

  • CKD Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI launched – RM131k

    Volkswagen Jetta CKD (1)

    It’s been spotted, confirmed, spotted again and teased, and now it’s finally ready for its big reveal – Volkswagen Malaysia has introduced the locally-assembled Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) this evening. Unlike the CKD Polo 1.6 sedan and hatchback, the new model brings a still sizeable drop in price with virtually no reduction in equipment.

    From the outside, the CKD Jetta appears virtually identical to the fully-imported model. Standard exterior kit includes 16-inch “Navarra” five-spoke alloy wheels, basic reflector headlights and front and rear fog lights – the same as before.

    There have been a couple of equipment changes to the interior, however. Firstly, the RCD 310 audio system used on the CBU model has been replaced by the newer RCD 320 system from the locally-assembled Polos, gaining Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The controls for the Climatronic dual-zone climate control have also changed from the twin knobs of the current car to the triple knobs from the Mk7 Golf.

    Volkswagen Jetta CKD 3

    Otherwise, the inside sports the same equipment as on the CBU model, with “Black Pyramid” decorative inserts for the dashboard and door trim panel, “Sienna” fabric seat upholstery, a multi-function leather steering wheel and rear air-conditioning vents. The only major omission concerns the paddle shifters for the DSG transmission, which have been dropped from the CKD spec.

    Under the bonnet remains the familiar 1.4 supercharged and turbocharged TSI four-cylinder producing 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, mated to the same seven-speed DSG transmission. As before, the 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 8.3 seconds and the top speed is 221 km/h, while the combined fuel consumption is 6.0 litres per 100 km.

    Also unchanged is the safety kit, so the CKD Jetta retains six airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP, hill-hold control, three-point seat belts for all occupants and ISOFIX child seat anchors on the rear seats.

    Volkswagen Jetta CKD 19

    Available in dealers from May 2 onwards, the locally-assembled Volkswagen Jetta retails at a fairly competitive RM130,888 nett, a reduction of RM21,000 over the imported model. As with all Volkswagens sold in Malaysia, the Jetta comes with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty and a five-year 24-hour roadside assistance package.

    Volkswagen Malaysia expects the C-segment sedan to be a significant contributor to its 2014 sales target of 20,000 units, with a projected full-year target of 3,300 units for the Jetta alone. The company claims the aforementioned 6.0 litres per 100 km fuel consumption figure would make the car eligible for Efficient Energy Vehicle (EEV) status, sliding under the Small Family Car category limit of 6.5 litres per 100 km

  • Volkswagen Jetta CKD specs teased ahead of launch


    Volkswagen Malaysia has teased the specs of the soon-to-be-launched locally-assembled (CKD) Jetta on its website and Facebook page.

    Features revealed so far are six airbags, an RCD 320 infotainment system (USB, SD, AUX, Bluetooth, six speakers), a 1.4 litre TSI engine, a 510 litre boot volume and dual-zone climate control.

    Our spyshots of the CKD Volkswagen Jetta at JPJ Putrajaya show a car that is, externally, virtually identical to the current RM151,888 (nett selling price) CBU model.

    Inside however, the head unit has been upgraded to the newer RCD 320 unit from the locally-assembled Polos (previously RCD 310), and the triple-knob air-con controls from the Mk7 Golf replace the dual-knob ones on the current car.

    The Jetta is the fourth Volkswagen to be made here after the Passat, Polo sedan and Polo hatch. Read our review of the CBU Jetta 1.4 TSI.

    CKD Volkswagen Jetta spyshots

    Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (CBU)

  • Volkswagen Jetta CKD to arrive next month – VGM


    It’s confirmed – the locally-assembled Volkswagen Jetta will be introduced less than a month from now. This announcement was made by Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) managing director Christoph Aringer earlier today.

    This news has been a long time coming – DRB-Hicom has already confirmed that the CKD Jetta would be arriving sometime this year. The Jetta will join the Passat and Polo sedan and hatchback in VGM’s locally-assembled lineup.

    To recap, the current fully-imported Jetta features a turbocharged 1.4 litre TSI engine producing 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The CBU Jetta retails at RM151,888.

    Volkswagen_Jetta_1.4_TSI_ 003

    The locally-assembled version is likely to follow the Passat and keep the European specification of the current car – which also includes a soft-touch dashboard and multi-link independent rear suspension – instead of the American version featuring a 170 PS 2.5 litre MPI five-cylinder mill, a six-speed automatic transmission, hard plastics inside and a torsion rear beam.

    This means the price decrease will be relatively modest – the Passat, for example, became RM14k cheaper through the switch to local assembly, compared to the Polo hatchback’s nearly RM30k drop.

    Spyshots of the CKD Volkswagen Jetta at JPJ Putrajaya have already appeared, showing a car that is virtually identical to the current model externally. Inside, the head unit has been upgraded to the newer RCD 320 unit from the locally-assembled Polos, and the triple-knob air-con controls from the Mk7 Golf replaces the dual-knob ones on the current car.

    CKD Volkswagen Jetta spyshots

    Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (CBU)

  • SPYSHOTS: Volkswagen Jetta CKD fully uncovered


    Just confirmed by DRB-Hicom last week, the Volkswagen Jetta CKD has been spotted at JPJ Putrajaya by regular contributor Anol Alias. Unlike the last round of spyshots, the locally-assembled C-segment sedan is seen here completely uncovered, giving us a full view of both its exterior and interior.

    First up, it looks identical to the fully-imported model from the outside. The 16-inch ‘Navarra’ wheels are the same as before, as are the badging and all-round light clusters. So no, the upcoming CKD model will not get Xenon headlamps and the accompanying LED daytime running lights that is available elsewhere.

    Peeking through the windows reveals a new head unit. In place of the old model’s RCD 310 multimedia system is the newer RCD 320 unit – the same ones found in the CKD Polo Sedan and Hatchback models. Another change is the Golf Mk7-sourced three-knob aircon controls, which replace the older two-knob version used in the initial run of CBU units.

    Also worth mentioning is the Hicom Automotive sticker on the windscreen, which confirms this car’s CKD origins. The cat is out of the bag, then. You’ll soon be able to buy this Volkswagen Jetta CKD in Malaysia. How soon and for how much? Your guess is as good as ours.

    Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (CBU)

  • Volkswagen Jetta CKD plans confirmed by DRB-Hicom

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    The often-mentioned Volkswagen Jetta CKD plans have been confirmed by DRB-Hicom, Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s local-assembly partner. Joining the CKD Passat and Polo Sedan models, the Golf Mk6-based C-segment sedan will roll off DRB-Hicom’s automotive complex in Pekan sometime this year.

    Earlier this month, a covered-up Volkswagen Jetta was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya, suggesting that the CKD model’s introduction here could happen sooner rather than later. Little else is known of the incoming locally-assembled Jetta, but like the CKD Passat, it’s likely to be identical to the current CBU model.

    Volkswagen_Jetta_CKD_ 001

    Essentially a sedan version of the previous-generation Golf, the Jetta competes with cars such as the Ford Focus, Kia Cerato, Honda Civic, and the new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis. Its 1.4 litre TSI engine produces 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, and is paired to a seven-speed dry-clutch DSG gearbox.

    Post Volkswagen’s recent range-wide price hikes, the fully-imported Jetta (pictured here) is on sale for RM151,888 (without insurance). It’s bound to drop when CKD operations start. By how much? We’ll just have to wait to find out. For now, you can read our CBU Volkswagen Jetta test drive review to decide if it’s worth waiting for.

    Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI (CBU)

  • Covered up Volkswagen Jetta sighted at JPJ – CKD?


    This covered up car was sighted at JPJ Putrajaya by one of our regular JPJ sleuths ApexKit. Despite the cover, it’s quite obvious that this car is a white Volkswagen Jetta.

    Why would a Volkswagen Jetta, a car that has been in Volkswagen Malaysia showrooms for quite some time now, be at JPJ? This covered car even has the same alloy wheel design as the car currently on sale. Could this mean the Jetta has already started local assembly in Malaysia and this covered unit is a CKD unit?


    The C-segment Volkswagen Jetta is one of the cars earmarked for CKD assembly in Malaysia. It’s a sedan sandwiched between two other VW sedan models that have already gone CKD in Malaysia – the B-segment Polo Sedan and the D-segment Passat.

    Essentially a sedan version of the Golf, the Jetta competes with cars such as the Ford Focus, Kia Cerato and Honda Civic. It’s one of the few cars in the segment that uses a downsizes turbo engine instead of the typical normally aspirated 1.8 or 2.0 engine. It’s 1.4 litre TSI engine does 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, paired to a seven-speed dry-clutch DSG gearbox.

    Read our CBU Volkswagen Jetta test drive review.

  • Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI – first drive impressions

    Showing all your cards at one go is a bit of a double-edged sword. It’s undoubtedly great for effect, where the blanket covers significant acreage in one swipe, and it also allows one to understand the philosophy and underlying values at work in much more complete fashion.

    It can also prove to be a distraction, not so much for the person sampling the wares, but rather in how each is perceived – there’s a distinct difference in taking each on an individual basis, as opposed to when they’re all lumped together. The danger, of course, is that it ends up showing each other up in some areas, even if the products in question don’t ply their wares in the same category and class.

    Such was the case with the three vehicle spread that Volkswagen Group Malaysia launched a couple of weeks ago. The Passat 1.8 TSI, Jetta 1.4 TSI and Cross Touran 1.4 TSI are markedly dissimilar in tone, even if they do share common family traits in behaviour and characteristics. By the end of a two-day drive, however, there was much to be gleaned subjectively as there was objectively.

    To improve clarity, we’ve decided to separate the first impressions of the trio into three individual pieces. Granted, there’ll still be observations on each vis-a-vis, especially with regards to the Jetta and Passat, but let’s see if we can dissect and take each on their own strengths and make it easier reading than together as a collective whole.

    Full report after the jump.
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  • Volkswagen Jetta, Passat and Cross Touran launched – RM150k, RM185k and RM167k respectively, all CBU

    Volkswagen Group Malaysia today launched the Jetta, Passat and Cross Touran, following their preview debut at the Volkswagen Das Auto Show 2011 last month. All three models arrive in CBU form, though of course at some point in the near future the Passat and Jetta are set to be assembled locally, in Pekan – no details yet on that one though.

    The Jetta sedan, which rolls in at RM149,888 (on the road, without insurance), is powered by a 1.4 TSI twin-charged engine, offering 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm, mated to a seven-speed DSG tranny; this specification places the car as the most powerful sedan in its category, VGM says.

    Features include Volkswagen’s Climatronic air-conditioning system, a RCD310 audio system, Park Distance Control (PDC) for the front and rear, cruise control and seats covered in ‘Sienna’ fabric.

    As for the Passat, the 1.8 TSI-equipped D segment offering is priced at RM184,888, and has 160 PS at 5,000 to 6,200 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,500 to 4,200 rpm for output numbers, with a seven-speed DSG box in attendance.

    Kit includes 17-inch alloys, bi-Xenon headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, RCD 510 touch-screen, 6-disc CD changer / eight=speaker audio system and leather seats. Other items include cruise control, electric parking brake with auto-hold function and hill-hold control, PDC for the front and rear and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

    Lastly, the Cross Touran, which goes for RM166,888. The seven-seater’s ”Cross” kit includes wider wheel arches and longer suspension springs than the standard Touran, giving it 20 mm more ground clearance than the latter. It’s also equipped with a 1.4 TSI mill, though in this case in its 140 hp and 220 Nm form.

    Features on this one include 17-inch alloys with staggered tyres and bi-Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights, as well as plenty of interior comfort and convenience options, including 40 storage bins and up to 1,989 litres of cargo carrying space. The MPV also comes equipped with six airbags – the Jetta and Passat also have the same number..

    We’re in the midst of the media drive involving all three vehicles, and we’ll have more for you when we return from Penang! Stay tuned.

  • Undisguised VW Jetta and Passat all ready for launch

    Here are some pics taken by reader Ching Hong. They show some new Volkswagens – Passat and Jetta – on a car transporter, not wearing any sort of disguise, and probably heading to showrooms.

    This is probably the last time you’re gonna see spy shots of the two sedans – Volkswagen Group Malaysia released teasers of three cars that will be launched on 21 October last week – and the Passat, Jetta and CrossTouran were our guesses. Two of those are seen here.

    There’s nothing much to learn from these pics, other than a glimpse at the colours and wheel design of the Passat. The Passat is a D-segment sedan sharing a class with the Camry, Accord and Teana, and we’re getting the European version of the car. The American Passat has a rear end that’s a lot like the Jetta’s The Jetta is a C-segment sedan version of the Mk6 Golf.

    Four more days to go!

  • Volkswagen Polo Sedan, Jetta and CrossTouran at JPJ

    Reader Kamil Hafizi spotted a whole fleet of new Volkswagen cars yet to be launched in Malaysia at the JPJ complex in Putrajaya, and uploaded them onto our Facebook page. We’ve got a white Volkswagen Polo Sedan, a blue Volkswagen Jetta and a brown Volkswagen CrossTouran.

    We’ve seen the Polo Sedan and Jetta being tested on the road before, but the CrossTouran is new, and if launched here would represent Volkswagen’s first foray into the people mover segment. The CrossTouran is essentially a Touran with an offroader styled bodykit. The Volkswagen Touran/CrossTouran is a Golf-based MPVs that can seat 7.

    From the images we can see that both the Jetta and the CrossTouran have TSI badges, which indicate these particular units are powered by Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre TSI force inducted direct injection four cylinder engine. The Polo Sedan has a 1.6 badge at the rear, which indicates a normally aspirated 1.6 litre four cylinder.


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Last Updated 29 Jul 2021