Rowing from the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll across 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 predicted this back when Volkswagen first introduced the current Jetta for that 2011 type year. Though it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus 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 that have regressed into the Ancient with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam back suspension.
Since then, VW has made incremental and substantial improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and an independent rear suspension. Also for 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, having its midcycle update that brings new front and rear styling, 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 ought to have been building forever.
Typically, the most critical aspects of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably at least fascinating of its upgrades. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s wider, along with the new back bumper, while new headlamps give more widely accessible LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first-time, even the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the revisions help the Jetta’s appears depends on the observer, however arguably it is actually harder to tell the difference between the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once among the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard looks far classier, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end content including 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 those of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and helpful.
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