Rowing through the gears of an 2015 Volkswagen Jetta S TDI’s six-speed manual transmission since we roll along the scenic two-laners of Virginia’s horse country, we marvel in the fact that we’re actually having fun. Yep, fun. On a Jetta.
Never would we've expected this back when Volkswagen first launched the present Jetta to the 2011 model year. Though it boasted increased space, son-of-Audi styling, along with a more competitive 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 to the Dark Ages with back drum brakes along with a torsion-beam rear suspension.
Since then, VW has created incremental and substantial improvements for 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, another 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 rear design, upgraded interior materials (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 must have been building forever.
Typically, the most significant elements of the vehicle’s midcycle renew are revised lighting and fascia aspects, however in the 2015 Jetta’s case, these are arguably the least interesting of its changes. A brand new grille focuses on the car’s width, as does the new rear bumper, while new head lights give extensively available LED daytime running lamps and the taillamps evoke its Audi-brand cousins. But for the first time, perhaps the cheapest Jetta drives on aluminum wheels. How much the revisions increase the Jetta’s looks depends on the viewer, yet arguably it has become actually tougher to tell the difference between the Jetta and the one-size-up Passat.
The cabin, when one of the Jetta’s worst attributes, has turned into a convincingly nice area to spend time for 2015. It’s still Teutonically austere and also the door panels are hard plastic, however the dashboard seems much classier, covered since it is with tunneled gauges and reflective piano-black trim panels. High-end material including navigation has trickled down from higher trims to low- and mid-grade ranges, and interestingly, an available touch-screen infotainment system without navigation is really larger than that of the navigation-equipped cars. And also the seats from the S, SE, and SEL models we drove were firm and helpful.
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