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2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 15, 2018
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Model Preview

The Volkswagen Jetta will be completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Despite a continued shift in consumer tastes toward crossover SUVs, the German automaker is betting big that car buyers will appreciate having a premium-looking sedan that maintains a value-oriented price tag. The most notable changes will be an updated platform shared with vehicles like the VW Golf and Audi A3, a larger overall footprint and impressive in-cabin technology available at the higher end of the spectrum.

In terms of design, the Jetta looks thoroughly modern, in some ways akin to the Passat but different enough to avoid being seen as merely a smaller version of the brand's flagship family sedan. The grille has a new trapezoidal shape, quite different from the arguably vanilla design of the outgoing generation. Although it's only about 1.3 inches longer than before, the all-new Jetta has a more planted appearance because the wheels have been pushed further outward. VW says passenger room has been increased, potentially boosting appeal among small car shoppers hoping to not have to sacrifice legroom.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Inside the cabin, the Jetta aims to offer a more premium feel with more soft-touch materials and updated seats. A number of advanced features like a customizable Digital Cockpit will be available on higher-end trims adapted from technology used in Audi vehicles to display navigation, vital system stats, radio presets and more. Storage inside the vehicle has been improved with a center console large enough to fit a tablet PC.

Under the hood, the Jetta will come equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is a much more simplified take compared to the outgoing generation's additional choices of a 1.8-liter turbo in higher-spec versions or a 2.0-liter turbo in the GLI. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the entry-level 2019 Jetta, but all other versions come with an 8-speed automatic featuring stop-start technology for added efficiency. Fuel economy figures haven't been released, but the same engine in the outgoing Jetta is rated at 33 mpg with the manual and 32 mpg with the automatic.

In terms of safety, the 2019 Jetta will feature all the latest driver assistance technology. Automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert will all be available as optional equipment. Like other VWs, the Jetta will also get a post-collision braking system that applies the brakes in the event of an accident to help limit movement and prevent additional damage.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will arrive sometime in late spring of this year.

Official pricing will start at $18,545 excluding destination, $100 less than the outgoing generation.

Available trims will include the S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium and R-Line. Full pricing is expected at a later date.

Key competitors will include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra.

Learn about the current Jetta on sale now »

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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