Volkswagen Bora (1999-)

DEADWALKING

Welcome to the Jetta age sorry, aged Jetta

WITH each successive Jetta looking like a booted Golf with more junk in its trunk than Kim Kardashian, the Mk4 of 1999 called Bora (a type of Adriatic wind) in markets outside North America was literally a breath of fresh air.

The elegant profile was perfectly matched by insanely lush interior quality that for years afterwards continued to set a high watermark for premium and mainstream rivals alike.

Little wonder then that its still popular in Argentina and as the Clasico in Mexico.

Unfortunately, the Bora was a bit of a bust outside of the Americas, with soft handling, a hard ride and vague steering all falling well short of the revolutionary original Ford Focuss game-changing dynamics. Aussie buyers generally ignored three-box small cars for hatchbacks especially overpriced ones. Reliability wasnt much chop, either.

Still, apart from what appears to be a dodgy nose-graft and butt tuck, the ageing Bora/Jetta continues pretty much as it was back in 1999, including VWs hoary old 2.0-litre eight-valve atmo four.

16 YEARS

AGE IN HUMAN YEARS

114

AFTERLIFE

Old Bora is shaping up to be the New Beetle

HIGHLIGHTS

A veritable supermodel after the deformed (Mk3 Jetta) Vento

LOWLIGHTS

Sluggish engines (V6 aside) means Bora is no Maserati