2019 Volkswagen Jetta Review

30/40  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
8.3  Sec.
0-60 MPH
4
Doors
5
Seats
15.7  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?

Getting off to a fresh start in 2019, the Volkswagen Jetta has a bold new look and an attitude to match. Just in, this year's Jetta has a sleeker, sportier exterior, a refined interior, and a suite of tech gadgets and safety features. The latest Jetta sports an improved sound system, greater app connectivity, and a rounder, more streamlined hood shape. The Jetta also comes standard with highly visible LED headlight and taillights.

Joining these design changes is a new platform. For the first time ever, the Jetta now rides on the MQB platform, which is the same platform used by the Volkswagen Golf. This new platform is longer and wider than the previous platform, which translates to more room in the cabin for passengers. There are several trim levels of the Jetta available, and they can be purchased with either a manual or an automatic transmission for a custom driving experience. Along with the standard features, customers can enhance their Jetta with an array of exciting available features, too.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Which New Features are in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?

There are five trim levels available in the Jetta. All trim levels can be ordered with either a manual or an automatic transmission. The base model, which is simply called the S, features redesigned seats with optional heat and ventilation. The S model has an infotainment screen with driver memory settings. App connectivity is supported with several key technologies, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink.

New for this year (and standard) is a radio system called Beats Audio. Moving up the line, the next stop is the SE. The SE adds to the S's features with a keyless entry system and a push-button start. The SE also has a blind spot monitoring system. A panoramic sunroof is optional. The next trim level up is the R-Line. The R-Line gets slightly bigger wheels (17 inches, rather than 16 inches) and LED fog lights. Customers can choose two-tone leatherette seats in the R-Line too. A panoramic sunroof is optional on the R-Line, as is a special technology called the Cross Differential System, which intuitively applies pressure to the front brakes for tighter cornering. After the R-Line comes the SEL.

The SEL features a fully digital cockpit with a driver display screen and custom driver settings. The SEL also has a delightful 10-color ambient lighting package for the interior. The package gives drivers the option of storing their favorite ambient lighting setting. Topping the lineup is the SEL Premium. An eight-inch navigation and infotainment screen is standard in the SEL Premium. This car has 17-inch alloy wheels and leather seats, too. Ambient interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof round out its enticing features.

Does the Turbocharged Engine Produce Ample Power?

2019 Volkswagen Jetta FrontAll trim levels of the 2019 Jetta are powered by the same engine, which is a 2.5L, four-cylinder engine. The engine is turbo-charged for a performance boost, and it can generate up to 147 HP at 5,000 RPM. The engine can also produce a maximum of 184 LB-FT of torque at 1,400 RPM. The base level Jetta comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers can also upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All other trim levels come standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission. If you have any questions about the engine, feel free to contact us or schedule a test drive.

Strength in Safety Advances for 2019

2019 Volkswagen JettaThe Volkswagen Jetta gets high marks for safety, thanks to its numerous safety-oriented components. In the event of a crash, occupants are protected with a reinforced steel cage that absorbs and reflects energy from the impact. Standard safety equipment on all trim levels includes a sophisticated crash response system, which is called the Intelligent Crash Response System. When the car is a in a collision that sets off the airbags, the system unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard lights, and disengages the fuel pump. Electronic stability control and automatic post-collision braking are other notable safety features.

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