Rowing with the gears of an 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 reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yeah, fun. In the Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Volkswagen first released the current Jetta for the 2011 model year. While it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, and 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 in to the Ancient with rear drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has made incremental and substantial improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and 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, with its midcycle update which 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 would appear that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building since the beginning.
Usually, the most critical elements of the vehicle’s midcycle refresh are revised lumination and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably at least interesting of the changes. A fresh grille emphasizes the car’s size, as does the new back bumper, while new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lights plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first-time, perhaps the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the revisions enhance the Jetta’s looks depends on the observer, however arguably it is now actually harder to tell the gap relating to the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice place to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard appears much classier, dressed which is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim panels. 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 actually bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and helpful.
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