Rowing from the gears of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll over 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 got expected this when Vw first released the current Jetta to the 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that had regressed into the Ancient with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has created incremental and substantial 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. 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, featuring its midcycle update that brings new front and rear design, improved interior materials (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 car Volkswagen ought to have been building since the beginning.
Generally, the most important parts of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lighting and fascia factors, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably the least interesting of its upgrades. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the latest rear bumper, while new headlamps give extensively obtainable LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, perhaps the least expensive Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the adjustments improve the Jetta’s looks depends on a observer, nevertheless arguably it has become actually tougher to tell the difference between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once among the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, but the dashboard appears far classy, dressed which is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end material including navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is actually bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats of the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and supportive.
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