Volkswagen Philippines' stake in the passenger car segment gets a refresh for 2016 after the company recently revealed the updated Jetta during their annual thanksgiving party. Featuring a more defined exterior design, an array of interior refinements and DSG transmissions as standard, Volkswagen aims to widen the Jetta’s target market for 2016.

Rear quarter of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

Starting with its exterior, the distinct shape relatively carries over from the pre-faclift version apart from some aesthetic changes. It gets redesigned front and rear bumpers, reshaped headlights and taillights and new alloy wheels. The 2.0L Comfortline sits on 17-inch ‘Queensland’ alloy wheels while the 1.4L Trendline gets the 16-inch ‘Navara’ wheels.

New touchscreen infotainment of the 2016 Jetta

Interior refinements, on the other hand, include new front and rear armrests, rear aircon vents and a 5-inch Composition Color touchscreen infotainment system. It supports AM/FM radio, CD, MP3, USB, Aux and even Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The rear bench can also be folded down for added storage space for the trunk.

The 2.0 TDI inline-four of the Comfortline Jetta

Under the hood, the 2016 Jetta will now be available with two new turbocharged engines. Powering the Comfortline is a 2.0-liter TDI inline-four that delivers 140 PS at 4,200 rpm along with 320 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. It is then mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission that drives the front wheels.

The 1.4L TSI engine

Moving over to the Trendline, it is driven by a 1.4L TSI inline-four that provides 160 PS at 5,800 rpm and 240 Nm of torque available between 1,500 – 4,500 rpm. Delivering power to the front wheels comes courtesy of a 7-speed DSG transmission.

Safety features that come standard on the updated Jetta include: front, side & curtain airbags, electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic differential lock, anti-slip regulation (ASR) and Hill Hold Control (HHC).

Available colors for the 2016 Jetta are: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, Ruby Red, Metallic Blue, Silk Metallic and Platinum Gray Metallic which is only available for the range-topping Comfortline.

Pricing of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta are as follows:

Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG Comfortline – PhP 1,498,000

Jetta 1.4 TSI DSG Trendline – PhP 1,378,000