Rowing through the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel in the fact that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yep, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've expected this back when Volkswagen first introduced the existing Jetta for the 2011 type year. While it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more competitive 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 the Dark Ages with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and substantial improvements to the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes plus 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. Go into the 2015 Jetta, with its midcycle update which brings new front and back design, upgraded interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it would appear that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building since the beginning.
Usually, the most significant elements of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of the updates. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s wider, as does the new back bumper, as new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, even the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. To what extent the revisions increase the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, but arguably it is now ever tougher to tell the gap between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when among the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, though the dashboard appears much classier, covered since it is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end material such as navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats in the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and supportive.
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