Rowing from the gears of an 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 enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Vw first introduced the latest Jetta to the 2011 model year. Though it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that had regressed in the Ancient with rear drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
Since then, VW has produced incremental and significant improvements for 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, another 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 which brings 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 appears that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen must have been building forever.
Generally, the most significant parts of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lighting and fascia factors, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least interesting of the updates. A new grille emphasizes the car’s size, along with the latest rear bumper, while new headlamps give extensively available LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, maybe the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the modifications help the Jetta’s looks is up to a viewer, but arguably it is now actually tougher to see the gap between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when among the Jetta’s worst features, has become a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, but the dashboard looks much classy, covered which is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end material like navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact larger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats of the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and supportive.
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