The Beetle TDI's horsepower is up by ten to 150. The diesel engined Bug's fuel mileage is also increased for automatic transmission models to 31 city/41 hwy. The 2.5 5-cylinder engine was replaced mid-year and continues with 170 horsepower and 184 kb-ft of torque
The Sport trim is renamed "Final Edition." Any ideas what that means? The Final Edition gains equipment, such as power passenger seat, leather seats, rain sensitive wiper and a reverse camera. No other changes.
The Golf is all-new for 2015 and has been on sale since Spring. The old 2.5 5-cylinder has been replaced with a 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder with equal power and much better fuel mileage. The Golf TDI is back, with lower emissions, much better fuel mileage (up to 45 MPG highway) and 10 more horsepower. New safety features include optional Forward Collision Warning, and Front and Rear Park Distance Control. A Post-Collision Braking System will brake automatically after a collision is detected, helping to prevent secondary collisions after an accident. Later, e-Golf electric Golf with 100 mile range and a Golf SportWagen will be coming.
The GTI is all-new, based on the new Golf. The base engine gains ten horsepower for 210 total, and a new Performance Package includes 10 more horsepower, stiffer suspension and larger brakes. In addition to all the changes it inherit from the Golf, the GTI now offers an optional electronic adjustable suspension.
The Jetta gets a thorough refresh for 2015, including improvements to aerodynamics; a switch to the newer, more efficient diesel engine from the Golf; and the addition of forward collision warning, blind spot warning, and cross traffic alert as options. There's a new 1.8T Sport, with sport suspension, navigation, rearview camera and a spoiler. Fuel mileage improves for all models except the GLI. The Jetta TDI manual is now rated at 31 city/46 highway. Heated mirrors, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls and bluetooth are now standard. A backup camera is now available as an option on all trim levels. Jetta GLI gains standard automatic headlights and rain sensitive headlights.
Dead. To be replaced later by Golf SportWagen.
The Passat TDI gets the same improved diesel as the Golf and Jetta. 10 more horsepower. Mileage is 30 city/44 highway Manual and 30 city/42 highway Auto. Rear view camera is now available on S and Wolfsburg; still standard on SE/SEL.
A rearview camera is now standard on all trims ahead of pending federal law. Car-Net, the system that can call emergency services in case of an accident, is now standard on all trim levels, so is satellite radio, a six-CD changer and roof rails for cargo. A manual transmission is no longer offered.
A new grille, bumpers, taillights and headlights for 2015 are included in a minor refresh that also sees tweaks to the interior and new available safety features. Engine don't change and neither do fuel mileage ratings. These run from 17 city/23 hwy for the standard 280 HP V6, to 20 city/29 hwy for the TDI diesel with 240 HP. The 3.0 supercharged V6 hybrid has 380 horsepower, but gets a mediocre (for a hybrid) 20 city/24 hwy. Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning, Automatic Braking, Post Accident Braking (after airbags deploy, the car automatically brakes to a stop to prevent secondary collisions), and Blind Spot Warning are all now offered. Post Accident Braking is standard on all models. The others are standard or optional on some trim levels.