Rowing through the gears of an 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 truth that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Volkswagen first released the existing Jetta for the 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for the utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that had regressed into the Ancient with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has made incremental and substantial 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, 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, having its midcycle update that gives new front and rear design, upgraded interior materials (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 vehicle Volkswagen should have been building since the beginning.
Generally, the most critical elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably the least fascinating of the changes. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s wider, as does the new back bumper, as new head lights offer extensively offered LED daytime running lights plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first-time, maybe the cheapest Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. To what extent the adjustments enhance the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, yet arguably it has become actually tougher to see the gap regarding the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when 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 hard plastic, though the dashboard appears far classy, dressed as it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end material including 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 that from the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats on the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and helpful.
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