Rowing from the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll over the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the reality that we’re actually having fun. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this back when Vw first released the existing Jetta for that 2011 model year. Though it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis which had regressed into the Dark Ages with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and substantial improvements to the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Also for 2014, a new 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 components (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 since the beginning.
Typically, the most important parts of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least fascinating of its changes. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s width, along with the new rear bumper, as new headlamps give extensively available LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first time, maybe the lowest priced Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the revisions improve the Jetta’s appears is up to the viewer, nevertheless arguably it is now actually tougher to see the gap amongst 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 along with the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard appears far classy, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end content like 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 bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and helpful.
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