Rowing with 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 reality that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this when Vw first introduced the present Jetta to the 2011 model year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus a more reasonable 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 to the Ancient with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and substantial improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 2014, another EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged base four-cylinder engine forced the cantankerous 2.5-liter five-cylinder into retirement. Enter 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 would appear that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen must have been building forever.
Generally, the most significant parts of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lumination and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least interesting of the changes. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the new rear bumper, as new head lights give extensively available LED daytime running lights plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first time, perhaps the cheapest Jetta drives on aluminum tires. How much the revisions help the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, however arguably it has become ever harder to tell the difference between 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 and the door panels are hard plastic, but the dashboard appears much classier, dressed since it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end content including navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually bigger than those of the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats on the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and helpful.
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