Rowing through the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the truth that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we have predicted this back when Volkswagen first released the latest Jetta for that 2011 type year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that had regressed in to the Ancient with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and significant improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes plus an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 2014, another EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged base four-cylinder engine forced the cantankerous 2.5-liter five-cylinder into retirement. Go into the 2015 Jetta, with its midcycle update which brings new front and back styling, enhanced 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 vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building since the beginning.
Generally, the most critical elements of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are modified lighting and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least interesting of the updates. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s width, along with the latest back bumper, while new headlamps give extensively accessible LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, perhaps the least expensive Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the adjustments increase the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, however arguably it is now ever tougher to tell the difference amongst the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when one of the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard appears much classy, dressed which is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim sections. High-end content such as navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and helpful.
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