2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
The Jetta has been the best-selling VW in America since it was redesigned in 2011, and it keeps getting better. Just last year we drove an updated version with a great new turbocharged four-cylinder—and of course there’s the TDI, one of the most popular Jettas of all--and by far, the choice for drivers opting into the Jetta SportWagen.
For 2015, the Jetta gets another round of updates, including a new turbodiesel engine with even higher fuel economy. At the same time, the SportWagen is being adopted into the Golf lineup.
Up front, the Jetta gets some subtle changes to the front and rear ends. VW says it cleans up the Jetta’s profile and helps it cheat the wind a little better. LED daytime running lights are available now, too. Inside the Jetta gets a new steering wheel design, and reorganized climate and audio controls.
One of the big reasons for this revamp is safety. The latest crash tests are more demanding on today’s cars, so cars like the Jetta are getting structural changes to perform well in those tests. The Jetta’s also adding some optional safety technology like blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warning systems, and adaptive headlights.
Under the hood, the diesel engine in TDI models has also been updated, and VW expects the new engine will get an EPA highway rating of 45 mpg, which nearly closes the gap between diesel- and hybrid-powered Jetta models. It’s also 3 miles per gallon better than the prior version on the EPA's highway cycle.
It seems that with its latest reskin, the 2015 Jetta is heading back into premium territory—we’ll let you know how it fares after a first drive later this year. Until then, read more in our 2015 VW Jetta preview.