Rowing through the gears of an 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 reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yeah, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we have expected this when Vw first introduced the present Jetta for the 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis which had regressed in to the Ancient with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and substantial improvements to the North American bread-butterer, and with 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 provides new front and back design, improved interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it seems that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen must have been building forever.
Generally, the most significant aspects of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably at least interesting of the updates. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s size, as does the latest rear bumper, while new head lights give more widely obtainable LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first time, even the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. To what extent the modifications improve the Jetta’s appears depends on the observer, yet arguably it has become ever harder to tell the difference regarding the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when one of 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 hard plastic, though the dashboard appears far classier, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end content like navigation has trickled below 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. Plus the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and helpful.
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