Rowing from the gears of a 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 on the reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we have predicted this when Vw first released the latest Jetta to the 2011 type year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis which had regressed to the Dark Ages with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has created incremental and substantial enhancements for the 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, another EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged base four-cylinder engine forced the cantankerous 2.5-liter five-cylinder into retirement. Go into the 2015 Jetta, with its midcycle update which brings new front and rear styling, improved interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it seems that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Usually, the most critical elements of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia elements, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably at least fascinating of the updates. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s width, along with the latest back bumper, while new head lights offer more widely available LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, maybe the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the revisions increase the Jetta’s appears is up to the observer, but arguably it has become ever tougher to see the difference regarding 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 also the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard appears much classy, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim sections. High-end material like 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 also the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and helpful.
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