Volkswagen Jetta tyres
The working man’s description of the Volkswagen Jetta as a ‘Golf with a boot’ is sound enough, even if the car does have some slight styling differences to differentiate it from its more famous brother. It was introduced back in 1979. It was originally aimed at the American market which has always preferred the design of a small saloon to that of a hatchback. It’s been around ever since, through various generations and names. The Jetta became the Bora and Vento, although the Jetta name was re-introduced by VW a decade ago.
The Jetta (or Bora or Vento) has never sold as well as the Golf in Europe, even though it is a common enough sight on our roads. It’s a little less practical, a little heavier and a little slower and ultimately has less character or desirability. The Jetta’s only real fault is that it will always live in the Golf’s shadow, rather than being viewed as a saloon car in its own right. That it has also traditionally been a little cheaper than the Golf means that it is a firm favourite as a company car, particularly as a diesel.
The reasons why the Jetta is commonly used as a high-mileage company car are that it is up to the job in terms of reliability and build quality whilst being surprisingly economical. In this case, that fuel efficiency can be made or broken by the right or wrong tyre choice. Many manufacturers produce tyres which have an emphasis on long-term fuel economy. These qualities can be clearly seen from the rating on each new tyre’s label. These tyres may be a few Pounds more expensive than other options but their durability means that they offer excellent value in the long run. For those who do cover large mileages in a Jetta, tyres with good fuel economy ratings will be the best option.
Tyres with high levels of grip offer benefits in two different ways. The Jetta is not a sporty car and thus the fact that better grip supports high-performance driving is irrelevant in this case. However, the day-to-day safety benefits of a tyre with a good grip rating cannot be overstated. Although the marking scale for new tyres concentrates on wet grip, a good rating means increased grip on dry as well as wet roads. This translates into better roadholding in all conditions, shorter stopping distances and sharper braking.
It is important to take both grip and fuel economy into account when choosing a replacement for a worn or damaged tyre. Thus you own driving style will be an important consideration. For some drivers, fuel economy will be key; while for others the safety promised and provided by high grip levels will be the most important concern. Additionally, there are of course many drivers for whom both qualities will be equally important. For all these different types of drivers, a wide range of suitable tyres is available.
Volkswagen has traditionally worked with a broad range of tyre manufacturers. Therefore various tyre types boast original equipment status for the Jetta. These include tyres from Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Hankook and Pirelli. As above, considering your own driving style will be the best way to choose between the many replacement tyre options.