The Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T, current-generation VW Jetta has received its share of criticism, much of which is directed to a perceived cost. Some had even the nerve to suggest that the previous Jetta car was better. But the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE looks set to turn over a new leaf, because we got something special under the hood. Gone is the lag 5-cylinder that held the Jetta back, place a turbo four spunky promises to be better in every way.
The few automotive journalists really liked the old 2.5-liter five. It makes fun sounds growly, and had to punch a lot more than the typical economy-sedan engine. But the era of 35-miles-per-gallon sedans midsize family, the Jetta not really midsize 2.5 returned just 31 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. That will not cut it for a very long time. So, it came as no surprise when VW announced a replacement 4-cylinder turbo-2014.
Turbocharging all the rage these days, and with the new 1.8 liter turbo, it’s easy to see why. Although nonturbocharged 2.5-liter five makes 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, the same small 1.8T generates 170 horses and a little more robust 184 lb-ft. Fuel economy? Try to 36 mpg Hwy well or 6-speed automatic transmission or manual 6-speed. What a serious improvement, especially as output has increased, as well. Like this, it seems Jetta in a conversation about the all-round sedan for $ 20,000.
But that does 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE back up those numbers on the street? As far as fuel economy is concerned, I take the word of the Environmental Protection Agency for it, since there was not enough time to do a proper test of the party. In terms of drivability, however, I can confirm that the 1.8T is the real deal. Not only the pump torque in addition to the 5-cylinder, it also delivers the torque at a low per minute, making the car feel appreciably quickly around town.
All in all, 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE is a classy, refined engine with near-ideal balance of fun and Frugality. One tip, though: You should definitely try a manual transmission if you’re open to shifting your own gears. I found the manual be able to characterize and fun. Indeed, Volkswagen quotes a 0-to-60 sprint of 7.3 seconds versus 7.9 for the automatic. Both times, fortunately, are significantly better than those of the equivalent of 5-cylinder Jettas, so the turbo does not just immediately; it genuinely is.
Engine aside, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T pretty familiar from the wheel, and that’s mostly a good thing. Happily, VW has spruced up the interior a bit as of late, including the provision of an upscale soft-touch dashboard models I drove. One thing that has not changed is the Jetta’s rock-solid control speed. This car loves the open road, and I do not find myself very often about the budget sedans priced. If there is one thing that gives me pause, 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE’s a fact that a sharp new 2015 VW Golf hatchback will be present and motor, 2015 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SE.