VW: Jetta vs. Jetta

Herndon (USA), 30. April 2018

As a "backpack-Golf" was reviled by the VW Jetta in this country. However, such an outsider, like his critics, was not the notchback sedan: in the World so far, 17.5 million vehicles were produced, of which 3.2 million were in the United States. There, VW has recently introduced the all-new Jetta, the number Seven, and, for comparison, a 1982-model from the first Generation brought. What has been done in 36 years? You will be surprised.

A Rabbit with a saloon

But Fueled by the success of the small Derby Polo offshoot brought VW in 1979, another hatchback on the market: the Jetta based on the Golf. In 1980, the Jetta was launched in the United States. There, the "Rabbit (= rabbit, as the Golf) was there came with trunk" at exactly the right time. A second oil crisis had shot gas prices up, small cars were the trump card. Interestingly, the views of the former VW-model program in the States is: in addition to the Jetta, there was the Rabbit, Dasher (in Europe: Passat), the Scirocco, Vanagon (aka a VW-Bus T3) and the Pick-up (with us later, "Caddy").

Windy Mexicans

Curiously enough, Then, as now, the Jetta is a Mexican, even though VW had their own plants in the United States and has. Between 1978 and 1988 there was a production in Westmoreland, today, the US-Passat and the Atlas from the Band's run in Chattanooga, but the Jetta. You know, by the way, why are VWs most successful stage? Well, "Jetta" is a derivative of the jet-stream Airflow. In the USA the model name was never changed, while in Germany, Vento and Bora irrlichterten through the program.

Grown considerably

Let's look at the US version of the Jetta from 1982 to be more precise: Many differences to the European Version there are not. The most striking is the rectangular dual headlights, more massive bumpers extend the Ami-Jetta of 4.19 meters to 4.26 meters. No comparison to his great-grandson: with its 4,70 Meter dangerously close to the European Passat, which is why an Export (unfortunately!) is not provided. After all, both of the Jettas are equal in height approximately, with the width of the size madness shows modern cars: 1,80 meters are a rich increase of nearly 20 centimetres compared to the Jetta I. the Latter weighed by the way, never more than 900 kilograms.

Giant Backpack

But we don't want to demonize the whole new Jetta also 30-centimeter-longer wheelbase (in the old model, it is 2,40 meters) make the stay there comfortable. The same applies for the power steering, you gave it in 1982 for money and good words. Unchanged, the Jetta is now a sales argument par excellence, the Mega-boot space: 510 litres are also in 2018, still very neat. It's also interesting to look at the tyres: 15-inch layer was 36 years ago in the Bay today, 16 - and 17-inch-Alus Standard.

Airbags? LED? USB? Nix da!

The comparison of light seem to be in the years between the two Jettas: LEDs there were in the beginning of the 1980s, in the best case, in calculators, in the meantime, the Jetta LED headlights as standard. Cruise control? False display, just as Airbags. Air conditioning? Optional. Additional Extras: sunroof, tinted glass and alloy wheels. USB ports were not invented yet, for this is the handle to the Embers, anno 1982 was still in the Trend: Two ashtrays and a cigarette lighter in the Ur-Jetta series. The Infotainment consisted of a cassette radio, a touch screen was the pure music of the future.

77 palatable PS

Touched dad for a maximum of mom looking over the shoulder as a replacement for the current blind spot assistant. After all, the proud Jetta-driver in 1982 and was able to adjust his side mirrors from the inside. In terms of performance has doubled the Jetta in 36 years: Once 77 HP and 113 Newton-meters had to meet, 1.6-litre engine (fuel consumption: eleven liters on average). For US conditions, a five-speed-switching series was, most of the customers are likely to have the optional three-speed automatic is chosen. In the Jetta VII, today there are 1.4 litres and a turbocharger for 150 HP and 250 Newton meters. David E. Davis by the US specialist magazine "Car and Driver" was in 1980 rather fond of the Jetta. Davis praised "the values of quietness of notice in the case of 120 km/h". Together with the large trunk and roomy interior, the Jetta was "a nice car for the serious driver".(rh)