What's it like?
To drive, it feels very much like the old model. That's no bad thing, because the outgoing car was comfortable, practical and fairly economical.
It's spacious inside, and comes with some truly great ergonomics. All controls fall within easy reach of the driver, and between the adjustable seat, armrest and steering wheel you won't be hunting around for long to find a decent driving position.
The 2.0-litre TDI engine in our test car produces 108bhp and 185lb ft of torque. That's good enough, says Volkswagen, for a 0-62mph sprint time of 11.0 seconds, but getting up to motorway speeds can feel somewhat asthmatic. There's still enough pace for decent progress, though, provided you're prepared to kick down a gear when overtaking.
A six-speed transmission option would be a welcome addition, because while the five-speed does a good enough job it does leave the engine at just above 2000rpm on the motorway. That's just high enough for its drone to start creeping into the cabin, and where a sixth cruising gear would really help.
Ride and handling are both well judged, and while the steering is devoid of any feeling it is well weighted.
The latest Jetta is pretty economical too. All of its engines now come with VW's BlueMotion Technology upgrades, and their effect means we saw a stable 61mpg on the motorway, which fell to an average of around 45mpg in stop-start town driving.
Should I buy one?
It's worth considering, but to buy a Jetta you'll need to swerve past both the Golf and the Passat, which has become so good in its eighth generation that it's easy to overlook the smaller Jetta completely.
This is a car which still has merit, but nonetheless is likely to remain a low-volume model - VW sold just over 2000 Jettas in the UK last year, and statistics increasingly tell us that British buyers prefer hatchbacks on the whole. That said, if you do find yourself bucking the trend then the Jetta remains a practical choice.
Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology 110PS
Price £21,425; 0-62mph 11.0sec; Top speed 122mph; Economy 70.6mpg; CO2 105g/km; Kerb weight 1395kg; Engine four cylinders, 1968cc, turbodiesel; Power 108bhp at 3200-4000rpm; Torque 185lb ft at 1750-3000rpm; Gearbox 5-speed manual