Rowing with the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission as we roll across the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel at the reality that we’re actually having fun. Yep, fun. In a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this when Vw first launched the current Jetta for that 2011 type year. As it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more reasonable price, the Jetta was soundly criticized for its utter dearth of character, relentlessly cheap-feeling cabin, gruff five-cylinder base engine, and chassis which had regressed to the Ancient with back drum brakes and a torsion-beam rear suspension.
After that, VW has made incremental and significant improvements to its North American bread-butterer, and with 2014, all U.S.-market Jettas featured four-wheel disc brakes and an independent rear suspension. Furthermore 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, featuring its midcycle update which brings new front and rear design, enhanced interior materials (including-at last-a soft-touch dash top), plus 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 forever.
Generally, the most critical elements of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are modified lumination and fascia aspects, but in the 2015 Jetta’s case, they're arguably the least interesting of its changes. A fresh grille focuses on the car’s size, as does the new rear bumper, as new head lights give more widely available LED daytime running lights and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. And for the first-time, even the cheapest Jetta rides on aluminum tires. To what extent the revisions improve the Jetta’s looks depends on the observer, but arguably it is now ever harder to see the difference between the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has become a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere plus the door panels are tough plastic, however the dashboard appears much classy, covered as it is with tunneled indicators 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. Plus the seats of the S, SE, and SEL types we drove were secure and supportive.
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