T he arrival of the Ford Focus can change things in the compact sedan segment, bearing in mind that the Jetta has been able to position itself as one of the most desired models and offers what its targeted customers are looking for, Ford now wears designer clothes and took the stage ready to teach everything, does it have the attributes? It seems so.
The Focus was not really emphasized until now, which presumes a very vanguard design, advanced technology, high security and comfort that it seems we are facing a Lincoln and not a Ford. A successful move but also very necessary in order to take away to the host a small slice of the pie. For purposes of this inevitable confrontation we chose the highest versions of each: Focus SEL Plus and Jetta TDI DSG.
The good from the Ford Focus:
The good from the Jetta TDI
What is missing in the Ford Focus
What is missing in the VW Jetta TDI
Love at first sight
The exterior design subject is something that can be understood differently by each pair of eyes that watch these cars. In this way we can not describe which one looks better or has the more carefully proportions, because everybody has different taste for everything.
What is true is that while the Jetta keeps the commitment to maintaining unchanged the brand's DNA injected in most of its models, in combination with a rear that clearly emulates to the Audi A4, the Focus has little to do with its predecessor and other relatives range. Their shapes are more aggressive and opt for a bolder silhouette. It is a sedan that wanting or not, distills sportiness.
Inside is where the differences begin to make wide distances. In both highlights the quality and care in terms of assembly. But if we talk about the materials, the Ford Focus with wide advantage exceeds the Jetta. Practically all plastics to the hand are smooth, rough and dull, compared to all hard materials and some even shiny in the Jetta. A decision by Volkswagen of America to lower costs and compete more aggressively on price with the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and others in the same range, a strategy that did not follow the younger son of the house of the blue oval. In a matter of interior space, the Jetta has a slight advantage because its length is somewhat larger (464 vs. 454 cm) that allows a couple of inches in the legs and a trunk of greater volume (one of the best in the segment).
Intimacies of the Ford Focus
Intimacies of the VW Jetta
Points to consider
Some good readings about the Volkswagen Jetta and The Ford Focus
Video - new VW Volkswagen Jetta TDI test drive
Video - new Ford Focus test drive