With the considerable success of the U.S.-spec Volkswagen Jetta, the German automaker has just unveiled its European-specific Jetta with a few key changes. While VW claims that there are only minimal cosmetic differences between the European and U.S. cars, most of the difference lie elsewhere out of view. To cut costs, the U.S. vehicle carries a torsion-beam rear suspension design, while the Euro car uses a sophisticated four-link setup that is wider and recalibrated compared to its predecessor.
As far as the engine is concerned, in the U.S. the 2011 is available with a normally aspirated 2.0-liter I-4, a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4, and a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder. The European Jetta will come with a choice of six different engines. Of those, only two are shared with the American car. Of course there will also be two other engine choices marketed under VW's BlueMotion sub-brand, which is tailored to high-mileage, low-emission drivelines. Besides those powerplant differences, inside the only difference is a navigation system, which is only optional in the U.S.