2019 Volkswagen Jetta combines softer ride and larger footprint. A sharper and prettier model is better than most of its compact competitors. The 2019 Jetta keeps its predecessor’s anonymous design with an addition of better-defined character lines, a sloping rear roofline and LED taillights.
The car will be available in S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trim levels. In addition, a sportier-looking and mid-priced R-Line version replacing the 2018’s SE Sport will also be available.
It’s a 1.3-inch longer, 0.8-inch wider, 0.2-inch taller car with a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 that offers 147 horsepower and a semi-meaty 184 pound-feet of torque. It is supported by the new eight-speed automatic transmission and there’s a six-speed manual is only for the base S trim.
Inside, the dashboard design (with a bit of Golf DNA) wraps around the driver’s field of vision. All the controls are in the driver’s hand and the buttons and dials have provided a high-quality feel and action. With a base 6.5-inch touchscreen, Jetta offers VW’s latest-generation media system. There are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integrations.
The 2019 Jetta features driver assistance tech, ambient lighting color, navigation view, climate, Digital Cockpit configuration, and radio presets. You will also find other features such as throttle and transmission settings, climate system operation, and adaptive cruise control response. The new Jetta has a single USB port plus a 12-volt outlet.
The 2019 Jetta S base is expected to cost for $19,395, while all-in SEL Premium starts at $27,795, just $200 above the deluxe Civic Touring.