Rowing from the gears of an 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 reality that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this when Vw first introduced the present 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 for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that have regressed in the Ancient with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has produced incremental and substantial enhancements for the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with 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, having its midcycle update which brings new front and back design, enhanced interior materials (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 vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building since the beginning.
Typically, the most significant aspects of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least interesting of its updates. A new grille emphasizes the car’s width, along with the latest rear bumper, while new head lights offer extensively accessible LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, perhaps the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions improve the Jetta’s appears is up to the observer, yet arguably it is actually harder to tell the difference between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when among the Jetta’s worst features, has become a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are tough plastic, but the dashboard looks far classy, covered as it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end content like navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually larger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats in the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and supportive.
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