Rowing from the gears of the 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 in the truth that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this back when Vw first launched the current Jetta for the 2011 model year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for the utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis that had regressed in the Dark Ages with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and significant improvements to its 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, with its midcycle update which brings new front and back design, enhanced interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and 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 forever.
Generally, the most significant parts of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably at least interesting of its updates. A fresh grille focuses on the car’s width, as does the latest rear bumper, as new headlamps offer more widely accessible LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, maybe the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the adjustments increase the Jetta’s looks is up to the observer, but arguably it is now ever tougher to tell the difference relating to the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are tough plastic, though the dashboard seems much classier, dressed as it is with tunneled gauges and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end content like navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats of the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and helpful.
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