Rowing through the gears of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel on the truth that we’re actually having fun. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this back when Volkswagen first released the existing Jetta for the 2011 type year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis which had regressed in to the Ancient with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and substantial improvements for the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 2014, a new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged base four-cylinder engine forced the cantankerous 2.5-liter five-cylinder into retirement. Enter the 2015 Jetta, featuring its midcycle update that gives new front and back design, upgraded interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it would appear that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Typically, the most important elements of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lumination and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably at least fascinating of the updates. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s size, as does the latest rear bumper, while new head lights give more widely accessible LED daytime running lamps along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, perhaps the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions increase the Jetta’s looks depends on a viewer, nevertheless arguably it has become actually harder to see the difference between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once among the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, but the dashboard appears far classy, dressed since it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end material like navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and supportive.
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