Rowing through the gears of a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll over the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the truth that we’re actually having fun. Yeah, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Volkswagen first released the current Jetta to the 2011 type year. Though it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more competitive price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis that have regressed to the Ancient with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has created incremental and significant improvements 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, a new 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 provides new front and back design, upgraded interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it would appear that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen should have been building since the beginning.
Usually, the most critical aspects of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of the upgrades. A new grille focuses on the car’s wider, along with the latest rear bumper, as new head lights offer more widely available LED daytime running lights 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 modifications enhance the Jetta’s appears depends on the viewer, but arguably it has become ever harder to tell the difference amongst 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 along with the door panels are hard plastic, though the dashboard looks far classier, dressed which is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end content 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 actually bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats of the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and supportive.
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