Rowing through the gears of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll across the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the fact that we’re actually wonderful time. Yeah, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we have expected this when Vw first introduced the present Jetta for that 2011 type year. Though it boasted improved 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 base engine, and chassis that have regressed to the Ancient with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has produced incremental and substantial improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes plus 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. Go into the 2015 Jetta, featuring its midcycle update which brings new front and rear design, improved interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it seems that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Typically, 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 interesting of its upgrades. A new grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the latest rear bumper, while new head lights offer extensively obtainable LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, maybe the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the adjustments increase the Jetta’s appears depends on a observer, nevertheless arguably it is now actually tougher to tell the gap amongst the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once one of the Jetta’s worst features, has become a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, though the dashboard looks far classy, dressed as it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end content including navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually larger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and supportive.