Refreshed VW Jetta arrives December 2014

What am I looking at?

Here is the new 2015 Volkswagen Jetta. It’s a facelifted version of the current Jetta.

So what’s new?

We were so unsure we had to triple check we’d received the right press release pictures. Here’s a picture of the old version. Spot the differences!

VW is adamant that a raft of changes had been made to the outside, mainly in making it 10 per cent more aerodynamic than the previous model. This improvement is courtesy of a new radiator grille design, a re-shaped front bumper, and a subtle bumper-lip spoiler that extends across the length of the bootlid.

From the back the 2015 Jetta’s are a bit more noticeable: it has slightly re-designed taillights and a new rear bumper. It’s subtle, very subtle, but Volkswagen sees no need to create something radical, especially with such a conservative fleet-favourite as the Jetta.

Inside, the changes are more noticeable, with a new steering wheel, updated seat fabrics and door trims and spruced-up instrument dials and centre-console trims. The GT model now gets ambient lighting as standard, presumably to boost the upmarket feel. There’s also new optional equipment available such as Blind-Spot Assist and Rear- Traffic Alert (which monitors cars going past when you are reversing out of a bay and tells you if something’s approaching – handy for supermarket car parks). There is also a collision prevention system available.

Engines and prices remain broadly similar, but BlueMotion technology has been added, including stop/start and a battery recuperation system, which allows the lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel to achieve over 70mpg. All engines are also compliant with the latest Euro 6 emissions rules. Prices start from £18,815 for the 1.4-lire TSI 123hp S petrol with the six-speed manual gearbox, and rise to £24,715 for the 2.0-litre TDI 148hp GT diesel with the seven-speed DSG auto.

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