Rowing from the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll across the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel on the truth that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this when Vw first introduced the present Jetta for that 2011 model year. While 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 base engine, and chassis which had regressed into the Ancient with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam back suspension.
Since then, VW has produced incremental and significant enhancements to the North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and 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. Enter the 2015 Jetta, with its midcycle update that provides new front and back styling, enhanced interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it appears that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Usually, the most important aspects of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least fascinating of its updates. A fresh grille focuses on the car’s wider, as does the new rear bumper, while new headlamps offer extensively offered LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first time, maybe the lowest priced Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions increase the Jetta’s looks is up to a observer, yet arguably it is now actually tougher 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 become a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard appears much classy, dressed as it is with tunneled gauges and refractive piano-black trim sections. High-end material such as 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 those of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats in the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and helpful.
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