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Used VW Jetta for Sale

Often mistaken as the sedan version of the Golf, the Used VW Jetta for Sale in South Africa has proven to be reliable, safe, economical to run and fun to drive. These compact family cars have sold over 15 million units (new), which makes it Volkswagen biggest seller globally to date.

The VW Jetta – A History of Excellence!

Since the late 1970’s a VW Jetta has been a symbol of affordable reliability, safe driving and modern automotive style. It is a vehicle which helped to usher in a new age of Volkswagen vehicle manufacturing, and to this day plays a major part in VW’s move towards premium driving that is changing the way people view and used cars. Below is a brief history of the VW Jetta from its launch in 1979 to the modern sales colossus of the luxury vehicle market that is the latest generation of VW Jetta. Please note, however, that not all Jetta Model Variants or Trim Levels might have been sold in South Africa. Please note that the current 7th Generation VW Jetta is NOT sold in South Africa. It launched globally in 2019 with no plans for vehicle sales in South Africa or other developing countries.

6th Generation VW Jetta
2011 – 2018

The final VW Jetta generation to be sold in South Africa was discontinued in 2018, which makes the 2018 Used VW Jetta one of the most sought after Volkswagen sedans that we sell!

Originally announced to the public in 2010, this version of the Jetta was the first to share no body panels with the VW Golf, although both vehicles were built using the same platform.

The sixth generation Jetta received a facelift and update in 2015, with style, comfort and small ergonomic cabin design improvements being made.

VW Jetta trim levels and model variants included:

  • Trendline Manual
  • Comfortline Manual
  • Comfortline DSG®
  • TDI Comfortline Manual

Did You Know? The facelift 2015 VW Jetta was rated as one of the safest cars in the world with key crash test scores been given by all of the worlds biggest testing agencies. These included a Top pick+ in IIHS, 5-stars in NHTSA, 5-stars in EURO NCAP and 5-stars in AUSNCAP.

6th Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.2 L turbocharged petrol
  • 1.4 L turbocharged petrol
  • 1.4 L turbocharged hybrid petrol/electric
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.6 L TDI turbocharged diesel
  • 1.8 L turbocharged petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.0 L turbocharged petrol
  • 2.0 L TDI turbocharged diesel
  • 2.5 L petrol

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed semi-automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,650 mm
  • (Hybrid: 2,655 mm)

Length

  • 4,644 mm
  • (Hybrid: 4,628 mm)

Width

  • 1,778 mm
  • (Hybrid: 1,778 mm)

Height

  • 1,482 mm
  • (Hybrid: 1,453 mm)

5th Generation VW Jetta
2006 – 2011

The fifth generation Volkswagen Jetta made its debut at the L.A. Motor Show in 2005 with sales commencing as 2006 VW Jetta Models almost immediately.

The new look Jetta styling used to design this generation of Jetta reflected a new direction for the Volkswagen brand. In fact, many of the updated vehicle designs used in the MK5 Golf were also incorporated into the Jetta, which is why so many people commonly made the mistake of thinking the Jetta was simply a Golf Sedan.

One of the safest cars tested!

Once again the Jetta was lauded for its safety ratings, with the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stating that the 2005 VW Jetta had the best side impact protection performance that they had ever rated.

Did You Know? The Mark 5 VW Jetta was first launched in the United States before being released in any other country. This was because Volkswagen viewed it as an important tool in expanding their manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. Further manufacturing expansions included assembly plants in China and also right here in South Africa.

5th Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.5 L petrol
  • 1.4 L TSI petrol
  • 1.8 L 20-valve TSI petrol
  • 2.0 L TFSI petrol
  • 1.9 L TDI diesel
  • 2.0 L TDI diesel

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 6-speed semi-automatic
  • 7-speed semi-automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,580 mm

Length

  • 4,554 mm

Width

  • 1,781 mm

Height

  • 1,460 mm

4th Generation VW Jetta
1999 – 2005

Production of the fourth generation VW Jetta commenced in mid-1999 and although it retained the Jetta name here in South Africa (and a few other countries), it was sold globally as the Volkswagen Bora.

This generation of Jetta shared much of its design and build DNA with the Passat of that time, including a more rounded shape and arched roofline than those used in previous generations of Jetta.

Did You Know? Volkswagen has built a solid reputation for manufacturing cars that are exceptionally safe, with this generation of Jetta being one of the best. In fact, during the New Car Assessment Program tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States, this generation of Jetta received five out of five stars for both driver and passenger protection during a 56 km/h frontal impact test.

4th Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.6 L 16-valve petrol
  • 1.8 L turbo petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.3 L VR5 petrol
  • 2.8 L VR6 12-valve petrol
  • 2.8 L VR6 24-valve petrol
  • 3.2 L VR6 24-valve petrol
  • 1.9 L SDI diesel
  • 1.9 L TDI diesel

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,510 mm

Length

  • 4,380 mm

Width

  • 1,730 mm

Height

  • 1,440 mm

3rd Generation VW Jetta
1992 – 1999

With improved aerodynamics and a more environmentally friendly approach to manufacturing the Jetta, this third generation was very different from the model variants that proceeded it. The safety and drive features of this generation of VW Jetta were an improvement over the previous two generations, and laid the groundwork for the Jetta name to become synonymous with “ultimate vehicle safety”.

Did You Know? This Jetta generation is the vehicle which saved the Volkswagen brand in the United States! At the time of its introduction, VW had had the worst sales recorded since the 1950s, but after a slight delay in their American production facility, the New Third generation VW Jetta his the showroom floors and was an instant success.

3rd Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.8 L VR6 petrol
  • 1.9 L D diesel
  • 1.9 L TD diesel
  • 1.9 L SDI diesel
  • 1.9 L TDI diesel

Transmission

  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm

Length

  • 4,400 mm

Width

  • 1,690 mm

Height

  • 1,430 mm

2nd Generation VW Jetta
1984 – 1992

The Mark 2 second generation VW Jetta had the longest continual manufacturing period out of Jetta generations to date. This was due to the fact that it outsold the Golf globally and was awarded a number of accolades that helped to ensure the this version of the VW Jetta remained relevant for almost an entire decade. Some of the awards won include:

  • Best-selling European car in North America
  • Farmer’s Journal COTY 1991

This generation of Jetta was was noted for being larger, heavier, and more comfortable than the previous first generation Jetta. It could in fact seat five people instead of four (which was the maximum passenger limit in the Mark 1 VW Jetta).

Did You Know? This generation of Volkswagen Jetta was manufactured in Germany, Brazil, China, Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa, USA, and the former Yugoslavia. However, it was in China that the Jetta truly made a name for itself. So much so in fact that it evolved (after numerous facelifts) into an independent model which was named the Jetta Night.

2nd Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L 8-valve petrol
  • 1.8 L 16-valve petrol
  • 2.0 L 16-valve petrol
  • 1.6 L diesel
  • 1.6 L turbo diesel

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm

Length

  • 4,346 mm – 4,385 mm

Width

  • 1,665 mm – 1,680 mm

Height

  • 1,410 mm

1st Generation VW Jetta
1979 – 1984

The vehicle that launched the Jetta sales success story, this first generation of VW Jetta was essentially the Volkswagen design team adding a new trunk onto the tail of a Golf to produce a saloon car.

The first generation VW Jetta was available in two model variants, namely:

  • The two-door sedan
  • The four-door sedan

The 2-door version replaced the rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Volkswagen Beetle.

Did You Know? Volkswagen was an early adopter of passive restraint systems, and the first generation of the Jetta benefited from this. This, along with a number of other innovative safety features, resulted in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Mk1 Jetta with a 5-star safety rating at launch.

1st Generation VW Jetta at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.1 L petrol
  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.5 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 1.6 L diesel
  • 1.6 L turbo diesel

Transmission

  • 4-speed manual
  • 5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,400 mm

Length

  • 4,270 mm

Width

  • 1,600 mm

Height

  • 1,300 mm

Used Volkswagen Jetta Prices

Since its launch in 1979, the Jetta has always been an affordable family car, and today is no exception. Simply take a look at the Used Volkswagen Jetta Prices on this page and you’ll immediately see that reliability and safety no longer need to cost the earth. On the contrary, all of the Used VW Jetta for Sale at Group 1 Pre-owned are priced to go thanks to our vehicle pricing policies which aim to get as many South Africans behind the wheel of their dream car. Please note that all Used VW Jetta Prices on this page are based on the following criteria:

  • The Book Price of the VW Jetta
  • The Condition of the VW Jetta (we only sell the very best quality vehicles)
  • The Age, Generation and Year Model of the VW Jetta (we don’t stock older generation vehicles)
  • The Mileage of the VW Jetta
  • The Trim Level of the VW Jetta

Other factors which may influence the VW Jetta Prices on our showroom floors include any remaining vehicle warranty or service plan which is attached to the vehicle. Please be sure to chat to one of our sales team at any one of the following Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms when looking for a Used VW Jetta for Sale in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth or any other major cities in South Africa. National delivery for all Jetta vehicles found on this website can be worked into the Final Volkswagen Used Vehicle Price, please chat to one of our sales team to find out more.

Find a Used VW Jetta in the Western Cape

You can test drive, purchase or view a Used VW Jetta in the Western Cape at one of our three Group 1 Showrooms in Cape Town, the Boland and the Garden Route:

Group 1 Pre-owned in Kuils River
Tel:
021 900 5200

Group 1 Pre-owned in Stellenbosch
Tel:
021 887 6900

Group 1 Pre-owned in Knysna
Tel:
044 302 2600

Find a Used VW Jetta in Gauteng

Find the perfect Used VW Jetta in Johannesburg, or anywhere else in Gauteng for that matter, at one of our Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms strategically placed at The Glen and Midrand. To find out more about the Used VW Jetta for Sale in Gauteng on this page please call or visit us at:

Group 1 at The Glen
Tel:
010 593 4393

Group 1 in Midrand
Tel:
011 312 2678

Find a Used VW Jetta in the Eastern Cape

For some of the best quality Used VW Jetta in the Eastern Cape, and all at some of the most incredible prices in the country, please contact us at Group 1 Pre-owned in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage at:

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
Tel:
041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
Tel:
041 994 1800

Important Notice! All of the Used VW Jetta for Sale on this page are eligible for nationwide delivery. Please chat to one of our Group 1 Sales Team to find out more!

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