Rowing with the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll over the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel on the truth that we’re actually enjoy the fun. Yeah, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've got expected this when Volkswagen first launched the latest Jetta for the 2011 model year. While it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized to its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis that had regressed in to the Ancient with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has created incremental and substantial enhancements to its 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, the latest 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 rear design, improved interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus a new EA288 diesel engine in TDI models. Alas, it appears that the Jetta has now become the car Volkswagen ought to have been building forever.
Generally, the most important elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lumination and fascia factors, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of its upgrades. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s wider, along with the new rear bumper, as new head lights offer more widely accessible LED daytime running lamps plus the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, even the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum wheels. To what extent the modifications help the Jetta’s appears is up to a observer, nevertheless arguably it is ever harder to see the difference amongst the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, once among the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice area to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, but the dashboard seems far classy, covered since it is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end content such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact bigger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and supportive.
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