Rowing with 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 having fun. Yeah, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this back when Vw first launched the latest Jetta to the 2011 model year. Though it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that had regressed into the Ancient with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear 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 plus 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. 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), 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.
Usually, the most significant elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lumination and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least fascinating of its upgrades. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the latest back bumper, while new headlamps offer more widely available LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first time, maybe the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the modifications increase the Jetta’s appears depends on a viewer, but arguably it is actually tougher to tell the gap relating to the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once among the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard looks far classy, covered which is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end material 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 bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats in the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and supportive.
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