Rowing with 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 on the truth that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this back when Volkswagen first released the present Jetta for that 2011 type year. Though it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis which had regressed into the Dark Ages with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has produced incremental and substantial improvements for the North American bread-butterer, and with 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 which brings new front and back design, enhanced interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it seems that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen must have been building since the beginning.
Typically, the most important parts of a vehicle’s midcycle refresh are modified lumination and fascia elements, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of the upgrades. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s size, along with the new back bumper, while new head lights offer extensively obtainable LED daytime running lamps along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, even the lowest priced Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions improve the Jetta’s looks depends on a observer, yet arguably it has become ever tougher to see the gap between the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are tough plastic, though the dashboard appears far classier, covered since it is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end content like navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really larger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats of the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and supportive.
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