Rowing from the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel in the truth that we’re actually having fun. Yeah, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this back when Volkswagen first released the present Jetta for that 2011 model year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, plus 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 that had regressed in the Dark Ages with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and significant enhancements for 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. Go into the 2015 Jetta, featuring its midcycle update that brings new front and rear design, enhanced 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 ought to have been building since the beginning.
Usually, the most critical parts of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably at least interesting of its changes. A new grille focuses on the car’s size, as does the new back bumper, while new head lights give extensively accessible LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, perhaps the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. To what extent the modifications increase the Jetta’s appears is up to a viewer, however arguably it has become ever harder to see the gap regarding the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once among the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, but the dashboard seems far classy, covered which is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end content such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually larger than those of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats in the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and supportive.
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