2015 Volkswagen Jetta Highline sedan: High quality family car still delivers the goods.

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2015_vw_jetta_blue_1By Veeno Dewan

Now in its sixth generation, the Jetta, undergone a mid-cycle refresh for the 2015 model year The Jetta arrives as a front engine, front-wheel drive compact sedan with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. There are five engine choices and a number of trim lines. The 2015 changes include cosmetic touches, a few technical upgrades and improved detailing. Importantly, there is a raft of new driving and safety technologies. The exterior adds a new front bumper fascia, new grille design and available Bi-Xenon headlamps with   signature DRL light surrounds featuring LED accents.

An available active shutter on the radiator also improves aerodynamics and engine warming. There is also a new rear trunk lid with integrated spoiler on the trailing edge, new taillights, and new rear bumper.

Inside, all 2015 Jetta’s feature a new multifunction steering wheel, gauges, redesigned air vents, new seat fabrics, ambient lighting and updated trim with piano black and chrome accents.

The 2015 Jetta lineup offers a choice of four trim levels – Trendline, Trendline +, Comfortline and Highline and a special GLI performance model along with a   five different four-cylinder engines.   Entry   level, Trendline models starting at $14,990, with a 115 hp 2.0-litre engine. There is also an economy fuel-miser in the form of the Jetta Hybrid, starting at $28,490 and powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine with electric assist making a combined 150 hp and 184 lb/ft. there is also a   2.5-litre five-cylinder motor version or a 150 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel.

Our tester was a cool looking mid range 1.8 turbo TSI Highline model in a nice silk blue paint finish with a light Ceramique – Vienna leather and neat “Lancaster” 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.  The Highline features chrome window trim, front fog lights and a discreet rear “TSI” badge with red detailing. Highline edition comes with such features as: six way drivers seat, ambient interior lighting and active grille shutters,

The Jetta cabin features a neat, classy interior. Typically German looking with a finely detailed black dash and low-slung front heated bucket seats with more supportive side bolstering. The dash itself features a really cool soft touch finish, and the interior is livened up with neat matt iridium brushed trim, and piano black accent surrounds for the instrument cluster, gear shift and audio controls leatherette door insert trim, and the   heated front sport bucket seats.  The steering wheel is a classy leather wrapped affair with, multifunction controls. A trip computer and dual zone climate control are also part of the center stack. A cooling glove box and front reading lights are also supplied. At the rear, the seatback is split 60/40 for access to the roomy trunk and to extend its 440-liter cargo carrying capabilities.

Our Highline tester was also optioned the Technology package comprising a navigation system; touch screen and the superb sounding Fender premium audio with 8 speakers, and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-light System (AFS) that turns the headlights according to steering wheel.  Also included was keyless entry with push-button start.   Base price for our tester was $27,390, whilst the Technology package   added $2,495 to the options list for a total price of a still reasonable $29,885,plus freight, PDI and AC tax.

Safety is also high with the Jetta Highline offering such features on our tester as: Blind Spot Detection System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Warning Collision. For further safety, there is tire pressure monitoring and Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response System (which in some crash situations electrically switches off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and switches on the hazard lights). Inside, there are dual front airbags, side impact airbags up front and full side air curtains.

On the road the Jetta Highline is a fast, smooth performing sedan with excellent handling. It is all typical VW with a superbly stiff chassis and a “firm” feel that only VW aficionados know.  The electro-mechanical power assisted steering is speed sensitive The powerful four cylinder engine is also a standout offering lots of torque in a smooth linear fashion courtesy of the slick shifting six speed auto transmission.

Estimated fuel economy is    9.3/6.3L/100 km (city/hwy). Not a lot to complain about with Jetta, there is a choice of engines and trim lines ranging from a incredibly affordable well equipped model to hybrid, Diesel and the performance GLI versions. The Jetta is relaxing to drive and makes for a great family sedan with a spacious comfortable interior.

If you are looking for an efficient, durable, well made quality sedan with German pedigree, this is it. Highly recommended.

2015-VW-Jetta-202015 Volkswagen Jetta Highline sedan

Base priced from $27,390.  Price as tested with options $29,885 plus freight, PDI and AC Excise tax $1,495.