Rowing with the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel on the truth that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this when Volkswagen first introduced the existing Jetta for that 2011 type year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with 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 in to the Ancient with back drum brakes and a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and substantial enhancements 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, 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 rear styling, upgraded interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it appears that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen must have been building forever.
Generally, the most important elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lumination and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least interesting of the changes. A new grille focuses on the car’s wider, along with the latest back bumper, while new head lights give extensively accessible LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first time, even the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum tires. To what extent the revisions increase the Jetta’s looks is up to a observer, yet arguably it is now actually tougher to tell the difference regarding the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when one of 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, but the dashboard seems much classy, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. 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 really bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats of the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and supportive.
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