2015 Volkswagen Jetta
(U.S. News and World Report)

Volkswagen announced that the Jetta has a number of styling updates for the 2015 model year, including a front bumper that improves aerodynamics, which the automaker says has a direct impact on fuel economy. Other exterior styling updates include a revised trunk lid and taillights.

The 2015 Jetta also offers an updated cabin, with a new look for the gauges and new trim details like chrome and piano black accents and ambient lighting. Bluetooth is now standard, and the Jetta is now available with features like forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.

Jetta TDI models get a new, more powerful diesel engine and improved fuel economy when compared with the 2014 model. The 2015 Jetta TDI features a turbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy is 31/46 mpg city/highway with a six-speed manual transmission or 31/45 mpg with a six-speed automated manual transmission. By comparison, the 2014 Jetta TDI was rated at 30/42 mpg with either transmission.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta
(U.S. News and World Report)

In a recent road test, Car and Driver said the 2015 Jetta TDI’s engine "has grunt all over the place and reduces turbo lag to virtual irrelevance, delivering its power with that intensely satisfying shove-in-the-back feeling we love so much with oil-burners."

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced yesterday that the 2015 Jetta received a Top Safety Pick+ award for its "good" ratings in all crash test categories.

The 2015 Jetta S starts at $17,325, and Volkswagen says it hits dealers in the third quarter of this year.

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