Design and Exterior:
When Volkswagen launched the second generation Jetta last year there were hardly any changed made to the overall design. The most noticeable change was the addition of a sleeker set of headlamps instead of the old tear-shaped ones. But that is not the case this time as the new 2015 Jetta is more like a cosmetic upgrade than anything else. The car gets some new LED day time running lights along with sharper looking Xenon headlamps and dynamic cornering system, but only in the top-of-the-line model.
The new 2015 model also gets a brand new wider grill and redesigned airdam, which has not only improved the aerodynamics of the car but also makes it look more premium, giving it a Passat-like look on the front. There are some limited upgradation made to the rear and comes with a new bootlid along with integrated spoiler, new rear bumper and redesigned tail lamps. The top-end diesel variant will also be sporting some new solid looking twin-5-spoke alloy wheels.
Interior and Features:
The inside of the 2015 Jetta facelift has been designed to match its executive status. It gets a new premium 3-spoke flat bottom, multi-functional steering wheel that is controlled and easy to drive. Moreover it also comes with paddle shifters and a couple of additional buttons for volume and cruise control. The dashboard looks stylish and very up-market thanks to the beautiful chrome accents and wood-like finishes.
As for the gizmos, the new Jetta come with a touchscreen music system and dual zone climate control along with parking sensors. Other useful features include ABS, ESP and hill control that comes as standard in all variants. To make you ride even safer Volkswagen has added six airbags as standard, along with brake-pad wear indicator and fatigue detection system which recommends a coffee break when it sense (with the steering input) that the driver is losing focus.
Engine and Performance:
As said before, the 2015 Jetta facelift does not come with any new mechanical changes and continues to offer the same powertrain as the previous model. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.4TSI engine producing 122PS of power at 5,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm with a six-speed manual transmission. As for the diesel variant the 2015 Jetta 2.0TDI oil burner the churns out the 140PS of peek power at 4,200rpm and 320Nm of torque between 1,750-2,500rpm and comes mated with six-speed manual or DSG transmission options.
The 2015 VW Jetta still uses the older PQ35 platform as its base and still retains the solid European driving dynamics. The diesel 2.0 TDI with the dual clutch gearbox shifts up effortlessly in auto mode, with equally seamless kick downs. Switching to Manual mode, the driver gets the rein of the gearbox via the steering mounted paddle shifters. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol variant it comes the lower and mid-variants of Trendline and Comfortline in India. The powerful turbocharged engine is pleasantly free-revving.
Price and Fuel Efficiency:
Looking at the price point all we can say is that Volkswagen has used a smart competitive pricing strategy for the all new 2015 Jetta. The petrol variant is priced in the range of INR 13.87 – 15.36 lakh and the diesel version is priced at INR 15.01 – 18.76 lakh (all ex-showroom Mumbai). This puts the 2015 Jetta at a much profitable spot considering the prices are quite less than its biggest competitor Skoda Octavia.
As for the fuel efficiency of the new Volkswagen Jetta, the 1.4 TSI petrol variant gives you a mileage of 14.69 Kmph, while the diesel variant can give you up to 19.31 Kmph.
Price (ex-showroom Mumbai)
Jetta 1.4 Trendline (Petrol)
INR 13.87 lakhs
Jetta 1.4 Comfortline (Petrol)
INR 15.36 lakhs
Jetta 2.0 Trendline (Diesel)
INR 15.01 lakhs
Jetta 2.0 Comfortline (Diesel)
INR 16.89 lakhs
Jetta 2.0 Highline (Diesel)
INR 18.76 lakhs
Jetta 2.0 Highline DSG AT (O) (Diesel)
INR 19.77 lakhs