Rowing from the gears of a 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 in the fact that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we have predicted this back when Vw first released the existing Jetta for that 2011 model year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus 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 the Ancient with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has made incremental and substantial improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with 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. Go into the 2015 Jetta, featuring its midcycle update that gives new front and back design, upgraded interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it appears that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen should have been building forever.
Typically, the most significant parts of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably at least interesting of its updates. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s size, as does the latest back bumper, as new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, perhaps the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. To what extent the modifications improve the Jetta’s appears is up to the viewer, however arguably it is now ever harder to see the gap relating to the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when one of the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and the door panels are hard plastic, but the dashboard appears much classier, dressed which is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end content such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really larger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and helpful.
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