Rowing with 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 on the reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Vw first launched the latest Jetta for the 2011 model year. While 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 basic engine, and chassis which had regressed into the Ancient with rear drum brakes and a torsion-beam back suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and significant improvements for the North American bread-butterer, and with 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, with its midcycle update that gives new front and rear styling, enhanced interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it seems that the Jetta has now become the vehicle Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Generally, the most important parts of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lumination and fascia factors, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least fascinating of the changes. A new grille focuses on the car’s size, as does the new back bumper, while new headlamps offer more widely available LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, maybe the lowest priced Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the modifications improve the Jetta’s appears depends on a viewer, yet arguably it is actually tougher to see the difference relating to the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when among the Jetta’s worst features, has become a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere along with the door panels are tough plastic, but the dashboard looks much classier, dressed as it is with tunneled indicators and refractive 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 in fact bigger than those of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats of the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and supportive.
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