Rowing from 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 fact that we’re actually wonderful time. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this when Vw first launched the present Jetta to the 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more reasonable 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 in to the Ancient with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has produced incremental and substantial 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. Also for 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, having its midcycle update which brings new front and back design, enhanced interior components (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 should have been building since the beginning.
Generally, the most critical elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lumination and fascia elements, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably the least fascinating of its updates. A new grille focuses on the car’s width, along with the latest back bumper, while new head lights offer more widely offered LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first-time, even the least expensive Jetta rides on aluminum tires. How much the revisions increase the Jetta’s appears depends on a viewer, nevertheless arguably it is now ever harder to tell the gap regarding the Jetta and also the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when among the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard appears much classy, dressed which is with tunneled indicators and refractive piano-black trim panels. High-end material 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 larger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. Plus the seats in the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were secure and helpful.
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