Volkswagen Jetta

TIMING CHAIN OR BELT? MODEL LIST - (UPDATED 2022)

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The Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen. It is one of the longest-lived models of the German marque, and has been sold since 1979. The Jetta has had a total of 7 generations throughout its life. However, some of these generations were marketed under other names, such as the Volkswagen Vento or the Volkswagen Bora. The Jetta has also been marketed in some countries as Volkswagen Atlantic, Volkswagen City Jetta or Volkswagen Sagitar.

Even from the beginning, the Jetta was a sedan body of the Volkswagen Golf —despite its enormous resemblance to the Volkswagen Passat—. Its first version was born due to American buyers’ lack of interest in hatchbacks. Thus, Volkswagen came up with the idea of keeping the trunk of a sedan in the body of a Golf. This first model became popular all over the world, even in the United States.

In 1984, the Jetta Mark II was successful again with a longer wheelbase and five seats instead of four. Like the Mark 1, the second generation was offered as a two-door or four-door sedan. It was a fairly reliable vehicle. As a curious fact, Volkswagen of America held a contest in 2007 to find the diesel-powered Volkswagen with the longest distance driven with the original engine. The winner was a 1986 Jetta from Ohio, which had covered 904,000 kilometers despite having spent its entire life in an area exposed to snow and salt.

The third generation of the Jetta was sold worldwide as the Volkswagen Vento. Something similar would happen with the fourth generation, which was sold as the Volkswagen Bora. For the fifth generation, this model recovered its original name, although it continued to be called Bora in Mexico and Colombia. In Argentina and Chile, the model continued as Volkswagen Vento. This version inherits the entire front grille of the Volkswagen Golf Mk5, with a rear very similar to the Passat of the time.

The sixth generation is known as NCS (New Compact Sedan). This model (the Jeta A6), ceased to be a development derived from the Volkswagen Golf. However, part of its structure is based on the PQ35 platform, shared with the Volkswagen Golf Mk6. VAG’s goal with this sixth generation was to lower costs so that the car would remain competitive in Latin America and further increase its presence in the United States. It was also the first model to feature hybrid engines.

Finally, the seventh generation, the Jetta Mk7 arrived in 2018 and is not sold in Europe. This model is based on the MQB platform, is larger than its predecessors and regained some of the charm of being a premium compact. A new redesign of this model was presented in 2022 at the Chicago Motor Show.

The Jetta has had a multitude of competitors. Among the most important are the sedan variants of the Ford Focus, Opel Astra, Renault Fluence, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.

Volkswagen Jetta. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all the Volkswagen Jetta models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all the Volkswagen Jetta models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Volkswagen Jetta I / Mk1 – First Generation (Type 16) (1979)

Sedan (A1)

Diesel Engines

  • CK 1.5 D 50 CV (1978 – 1980)
  • JK 1.6 D 54 CV (1980 – 1984)
  • JB 1.5 70 CV (1978 – 1984)

Petrol Engines

  • GG 1.1 50 CV (1979 – 1984)
  • GS 1.3 58 CV (1982 – 1984)
  • GF 1.3 60 CV (1979 – 1984)
  • JB 1.5 70 CV (1978 – 1984)
  • EJ 1.6 67 CV (1980 – 1981)
  • EW 1.6 75 CV (1982 – 1983)
  • FR 1.6 85 CV (1978 – 1984)
  • EM 1.6 (EM) 75 CV (1981 – 1983)
  • EG 1.6 GLI 110 CV (1978 – 1982)
  • JH 1.8 102 CV (1983 – 1984)
  • DX 1.8 112 CV (1982 – 1984)

Volkswagen Jetta II / Mk2 – Second Generation (Typ 19E, 1G2, 165) (1984)

Sedan

Diesel Engines

  • JP 1.6 D 54 CV (1984 – 1991)
  • 1V 1.6 TD 60 CV (1990 – 1991)
  • JR 1.6 TD 70 CV (1984 – 1991)
  • SB 1.6 TD 80 CV (1989 – 1991)

Petrol Engines

  • HK 1.3 55 CV (1984 – 1987)
  • GT 1.3 58 CV (1980 – 1986)
  • NZ 1.3 CAT 55 CV (1987 – 1991)
  • PN 1.6 70 CV (1986 – 1991)
  • RF 1.6 72 CV (1986 – 1991)
  • ABN 1.6 75 CV (1984 – 1992)
  • RH 1.8 84 CV (1986 – 1990)
  • GU 1.8 90 CV (1984 – 1991)
  • JH 1.8 95 CV (1984 – 1988)
  • HT 1.8 105 CV (1985 – 1992)
  • RD 1.8 107 CV (1985 – 1987)
  • PB 1.8 112 CV (1984 – 1991)
  • KR 1.8 16V 140 CV (1987 – 1991)
  • PL 1.8 16V 129 CV (1986 – 1991)
  • GX 1.8 CAT 90 CV (1987 – 1991)
  • PF 1.8 CAT 107 CV
  • GU 1.8 Syncro 90 CV (1987 – 1988)
  • 1P 1.8 Syncro 98 CV (1988 – 1991)
  • 9A 2.0 136 CV (1989 – 1992)

Volkswagen Jetta Mk5 – Fifth Generation (A5, Typ 1K) (2005)

Sedan

Diesel Engines

  • CAYB 1.6 TDI 90 CV (2009 – 2010)
  • CAYC 1.6 TDI 105 CV (2009 – 2010)
  • BXE 1.9 TDI 105 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • BRM 1.9 TDI 101 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • AZV 2.0 TDI 136 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • BMM 2.0 TDI 140 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • CEGA 2.0 TDI 170 CV (2006 – 2010)
  • CBDB 2.0 TDI 16V 140 CV (2005 – 2010)

Petrol Engines

  • BMY 1.4 TSI 140 CV (2006 – 2010)
  • CAVD 1.4 TSI 160 CV (2008 – 2010)
  • BLG 1.4 TSI 170 CV (2006 – 2010)
  • CAXA 1.4 TSI 122 CV (2007 – 2010)
  • BSF 1.6 102 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • BLF 1.6 FSI 115 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • CCSA 1.6 MultiFuel 102 CV (2008 – 2010)
  • BLR 2.0 FSI 150 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • CAWA 2.0 TFSI 170 CV (2008 – 2010)
  • CBFA 2.0 TFSI 200 CV (2005 – 2010)
  • BGP 2.5 150 CV (2006 – 2010)
  • CBUA 2.5 152 CV (2005 – 2007)
  • CBUA 2.5 170 CV (2008 – 2010)

Volkswagen Jetta VI / Mk6 – Sixth Generation (A6 Typ 5C6) (2010)

Sedan

Diesel Engines

  • CAYC 1.6 TDI 105 CV (2010 – 2014)
  • CFHC 2.0 TDI 140 CV (2011)
  • DELA 2.0 TDI 150 CV (2014)
  • CUUA 2.0 TDI 110 CV (2010)

Petrol Engines

  • CBZB 1.2 TSI 105 CV (2010)
  • CYVD 1.2 TSI 16V 105 CV (2014)
  • CTHA 1.4 TSI 150 CV (2011 – 2014)
  • CZTA 1.4 TSI 150 CV (2014)
  • CTHD 1.4 TSI 160 CV (2011)
  • CAXA 1.4 TSI 122 CV (2011)
  • CZCA 1.4 TSI 125 CV (2014)
  • CRJA 1.4 TSI Hybrid 150 CV (2011)
  • CFNB 1.6 86 CV (2013)
  • CLRA 1.6 105 CV (2011)
  • CWVA 1.6 110 CV (2015)
  • CWVB 1.6 MPi 90 CV (2015 – 2018)
  • CPRA 1.8 TSI 170 CV (2014)
  • CKJA 2.0 Flex 120 CV (2010 – 2016)
  • CKJA 2.0 115 CV (2010 – 2017)
  • CBFA 2.0 TSI 200 CV (2010)
  • CPPA 2.0 TSI 211 CV (2012 – 2017)
  • CBUA 2.5 170 CV (2010)

Volkswagen Jetta VII / Mk7 – Seventh Generation (A7) (2018)

Sedan (BU3)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the VW Jetta Mk7 Sedan.

Petrol Engines

  • DGXA 1.4 TSI 150 CV (2017)
  • DKFA 2.0 GLI 231 CV (2018)
  • CXDB 350 TSI 230 CV (2018)

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