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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/22/2014 Jason Udy

While the changes to the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta are subtle, the updated sedan gains much of the larger Passat sedan’s details. We want to know whether you think the refresh makes the Jetta sedan more or less appealing. Here’s a look at the changes Volkswagen made to the 2015 Jetta.

Up front, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets a new tri-bar grille flanked by new HID headlights and LED running lights (now available on non-GLI and Hybrid models) inside the existing housing. The more aggressive lower front fascia is now wider at the bottom with new horizontal bars that reflect those of the new grille. The new design is also said to increase aerodynamics.

The side profile is unchanged. Around back, however, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets a new trunk lid, taillights, and bumper. With the redesigned trunk lid, the taillights get a slightly different shape, while the lens graphics have been revised.

Inside, the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta gets a redesigned center stack with updated climate controls, and a revised steering wheel. The interior materials are also higher quality, giving the 2015 Jetta a more premium feel compared to the pre-refreshed model. On certain trims, the gauge cluster gains a center-mounted color multifunction screen.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Although subtle, the automaker hopes the updates to its compact sedan are enough to lure new buyers to the model. Do you find the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedan refreshing or revolting? Share your thoughts below.

Last week, we looked at the refreshed 2015 Toyota Yaris hatchback, which garnered mixed opinions. CarNut2014 called it “Revolting. The face now looks like a gaping mouth with a handlebar mustache. It offers very little to challenge the class leaders, which is why it sells so poorly.”Stew agreed saying, “Revolting, as bad as it was before, it got uglier and the things that needed to be updated were ignored.”

Still many thought the updates were positive: Kvnceleste thought it was “Slightly refreshing. It certainly has a more distinguishable design, but not so much when compared to the competition.” And MT-EEG said “[I] think it looks refreshing!”


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