Rowing from 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 on the truth that we’re actually having fun. Yeah, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Vw first introduced the existing Jetta for the 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for the utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis which had regressed in to the Dark Ages with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has produced incremental and significant enhancements for the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 2014, the latest 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 that brings new front and rear 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 ought to have been building forever.
Typically, the most critical parts of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia elements, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least interesting of the updates. A fresh grille focuses on the car’s size, as does the new rear bumper, while new headlamps offer extensively offered LED daytime running lights plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, maybe the cheapest Jetta drives on aluminum tires. How much the modifications improve the Jetta’s appears is up to a viewer, but arguably it is actually harder to tell the gap relating to the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, once one of the Jetta’s worst features, has turned into a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and the door panels are hard plastic, but the dashboard seems far classier, 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 ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact larger than those of the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and supportive.
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