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 fact that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Vw first introduced the current Jetta to the 2011 model year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis that have regressed in the Ancient with back drum brakes and a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and substantial enhancements for the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and an independent rear suspension. Also for 2014, the latest 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 which brings new front and back design, improved 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 since the beginning.
Usually, the most significant parts of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia elements, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least fascinating of the changes. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s width, as does the latest rear bumper, as new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lights plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, perhaps the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions help the Jetta’s looks is up to a observer, yet arguably it is actually harder to tell the gap between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once among the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, though the dashboard looks far classier, dressed since it is with tunneled gauges and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end material like navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact bigger than that of 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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