Rowing from the gears of the 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 at the reality that we’re actually wonderful time. Yeah, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've predicted this when Vw first launched the existing Jetta for that 2011 type year. As it boasted improved space, son-of-Audi styling, and a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for the utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder basic engine, and chassis that have regressed into the Dark Ages with back drum brakes plus a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has made incremental and significant enhancements to the North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and 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, featuring its midcycle update which brings new front and rear design, improved interior components (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), and 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.
Typically, the most critical elements of a vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lighting and fascia factors, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably at least fascinating of its updates. A new grille emphasizes the car’s wider, as does the latest back bumper, as new head lights offer extensively available LED daytime running lights along with the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. As well as the first time, perhaps the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. To what extent the modifications help the Jetta’s looks is up to the observer, yet arguably it has become ever tougher to tell the gap between the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The interior, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice place to hang out for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere along with the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard looks far classier, covered as it is with tunneled indicators and reflective piano-black trim sections. High-end material such as navigation has trickled below higher trims to low- and mid-grade levels, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is in fact bigger than that from the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats on the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were firm and supportive.
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