Rowing through 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 in the reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yeah, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this when Volkswagen first released the existing Jetta for the 2011 model year. Though it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more competitive 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 to the Dark Ages with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has produced incremental and substantial improvements to the North American bread-butterer, and by 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes with an independent rear suspension. Also for 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, having its midcycle update which brings new front and back styling, enhanced interior components (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 must have been building forever.
Usually, the most critical aspects of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lumination and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they are arguably the least interesting of the upgrades. A brand new grille emphasizes the car’s width, along with the new back bumper, while new headlamps offer more widely offered LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first-time, even the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. To what extent the modifications increase the Jetta’s looks depends on a observer, but arguably it has become ever tougher to tell the difference amongst the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once one of the Jetta’s worst features, has become a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, though the dashboard seems much classy, covered as it is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim sections. High-end content like navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact larger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats from the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and supportive.
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