Wednesday 21 August 2019

Advice helpdesk: Should I buy a Volkswagen Jetta or T-Roc?

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

Volkswagen T-Roc
Volkswagen T-Roc

I have an '06 VW Jetta and love it. That's why I've held onto it so long. I used to change cars every 3-4 years but just couldn't let it go. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea (farmer's car), but I just loved it. Looking to upgrade in 2018 and wonder the best option is on sticking with Jetta or moving up to Passat or T-Roc. Budget €25K-28K, city driver but with regular weekend road trips.

Aidan: Are you driving a petrol or a diesel Jetta? Seeing as your car is from 2006 and you drive mainly in the city, I am inclined to think you might have gone for the 1.4-litre petrol. If I am right, then the replacement model for you is the 1.2-litre Highline. It is listed with an ex-works price of around €25,000. However, it is a saloon in an increasingly SUV-dominated market, so I reckon a move into the T-Roc would be sensible. Not to mention that the Jetta leans towards a diesel customer. The T-Roc is roomy and it looks the part. There are a few static models in showrooms presently so you can get a tangible sense of all its bits. Opt for the 1.0-litre Design model. It still comes in on budget for you. If your mentioning of frequent weekend road trips was an inference that you need a diesel then be cognisant that the current Jetta is only available with a 2.0-litre engine. You have a choice of 110bhp or 150bhp. The 110bhp is fine and Highline models are under budget. Unless you need more space, I would not bother with the Passat but instead encourage you to look at a Golf. It's very hard to beat and it has a broad range of engines, transmissions and is always readily available in almost every specification.

Eddie: Jetta out, T-Roc in. No contest. Enjoy. Worth a look at some rivals from VW stable - SEAT Ateca/Arona especially.

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