Rowing from the gears of an 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 truth that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this back when Vw first launched the present Jetta to the 2011 model year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more competitive 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 to the Dark Ages with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and significant improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 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 brings new front and back design, enhanced interior materials (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 ought to have been building forever.
Typically, the most significant elements of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably the least fascinating of the upgrades. A new grille emphasizes the car’s size, along with the latest back bumper, as new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lamps along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, perhaps the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. To what extent the revisions enhance the Jetta’s looks depends on the observer, nevertheless arguably it is now ever harder to tell the difference amongst the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice place to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard seems far classy, covered since it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end content such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats on the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and supportive.
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