The Volkswagen Jetta 103TDI is one of the German manufacturer’s newest releases into the Australian market.
As Australians are encouraged to move away from the bigger towards the smaller, this latest effort aims to satisfy market demands for a smaller, more efficient car that claims to still perform comparably to a larger one.
The 103TDI is a mid-range sedan that is one of four available variants of the Jetta, the others being the 188TSI, 118TSI Comfortline, and the 147TSI Highline.
The Jetta 103TDI comes with a four cylinder 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel Injection that gives a maximum power of 103kW, and a maximum torque of 240Nm. It can reach 100kmh in 9.5 seconds. It is accompanied by a 6-speed DSG transmission.
A key facet of the car is its economy statistics. It has a 55 litre capacity fuel tank, and a fuel consumption rate of 5.5 litres every 100 kilometres.
The more environmentally conscious drivers may be interested to know that the Jetta 103TDI gives 143 grams every kilometre in CO2 emissions, reasonably low for a sedan.
A number of safety measures have been put in place to help protect the driver and passengers. Active safety devices include Anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as well as Brake Assistance to help stop wheel locking and keep the car under control when slowing down.
Anti-slip regulation (ASR), a form of traction control system, and Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) are in place to help stop wheelspin. They also help with keeping the vehicle under control by correcting skids. Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) helps steering under acceleration, in particular when the car is on uneven road surfaces, for example.
As far as passive safety is concerned, driver and passenger airbags are present, as are side and rear, and front safety optimized headlights designed to minimise the chances of whiplash in the event of impact. Anti-theft measures include an electronic ignition immobiliser and an optional alarm system with interior monitoring and tilt sensors.
When it comes to buying a car, one of the first things that people take into account is car insurance. This varies car by car, depending on its value and safety record for example, although there are many other things that can have an effect.
The driver’s history is one of the most obvious of these. If a driver has been involved in accidents previously, or has filed a claim, they may be considered by insurers to be more likely to file a claim again and therefore higher risk.
Demographics including gender, age and geography can also be contributory factors for comprehensive car insurance. While women may be considered as lower risk and unlikely to make a claim, the opposite may apply to males in their early 20s. The same can also be said for people coming from neighbourhoods with a high rate of crime such as theft.
Insurance companies increasingly do a great deal of their business over the internet, with many having launched websites that enable customers to find a car insurance quote.