Rowing through the gears of the 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 wonderful time. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we have expected this when Vw first released the current Jetta to the 2011 model year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more reasonable 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 Ancient with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has produced incremental and significant improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 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, having its midcycle update that gives new front and back design, enhanced interior components (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 car Volkswagen should have been building since the beginning.
Generally, the most significant aspects of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are modified lumination and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least fascinating of its updates. A fresh grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the latest rear bumper, while new headlamps give extensively obtainable LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first-time, maybe the cheapest Jetta drives on aluminum tires. To what extent the modifications increase the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, but arguably it is ever tougher to see the gap relating to the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once one of the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere along with the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard looks much classy, covered as it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end content such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually larger than those of the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and helpful.
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