Rowing with the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll over the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel in the reality that we’re actually having fun. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've got predicted this when Volkswagen first launched the present Jetta to the 2011 type year. Though it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for the utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis which had regressed in the Ancient with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has produced 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. Also for 2014, another 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 provides new front and back styling, improved interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it would appear that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen must have been building forever.
Usually, the most important aspects of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are modified lighting and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of its updates. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s size, along with the new rear bumper, while new headlamps give more widely obtainable LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first time, perhaps the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the modifications improve the Jetta’s looks depends on a viewer, yet arguably it is actually tougher to see the difference regarding the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once one of the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere along with the door panels are hard plastic, though the dashboard appears far classier, dressed as it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end material including navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats on the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and helpful.
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