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Neil Cumins
Automotive Editor - June 19, 2018

2019 Volkswagen Jetta OVERVIEW

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is longer, wider, and taller than before, with an interior that offers more head, knee, and shoulder room. There are five trim levels, but only one engine choice and a standard-fit automatic transmission on most models.

What's New for 2019

Bigger inside and out, the redesigned Jetta is based off the automaker's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform and features the pinch-and-zoom touchscreen infotainment system from other VW models. There’s a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and prices have dropped even though equipment levels are higher than before.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta

The new Jetta is a four-door sedan, significantly bigger than the outgoing model. It comes in one body style with one engine, leaving buyers to choose between five trim levels. Prices for the entry-level S model start at $19,395 (all prices include the $850 destination charge), representing a slight reduction from the outgoing model despite more standard equipment.

The engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine, producing 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic on S models, with the automatic fitted as standard on other trims. The auto gearbox comes with a start/stop system as standard, and both transmissions deliver an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 combined.


The only Jetta to come with a manual transmission as standard, the S model retails at $19,395, with the automatic transmission an $800 premium. It features 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a basic four-speaker sound system, and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen. Like all Jettas, it incorporates VW’s Car-Net connectivity system, running smartphone apps via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Key options on the S trim include a Driver Assistance Package ($450) that adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated side mirrors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.


A Jetta SE starts at $23,005, and the automatic transmission is standard with no manual option. The features from Driver Assistance Package on the S model come standard, and other creature comforts on SE models include dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and keyless entry with push-button start. The front seats are heated, while leather covers the gear lever and steering wheel. A Cold Weather Package ($495) adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a remote starter.


Starting at $23,845, the R-Line represents the sportiest Jetta model, riding on 17-inch alloys and sporting a gloss black front grille and two-tone leatherette seats. R-Line badging and a dual exhaust differentiate it on the outside, while the chassis receives an electronic differential that applies braking to individual wheels to improve handling and cornering. The Cold Weather Package is the only available equipment group.


Pricing for the Jetta SEL begins at $25,265. This comfort-oriented model brings buyers ambient cabin lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, and a nine-speaker BeatsAudio sound system with a 400-watt amp and a subwoofer. Also standard is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which includes a 10.25-inch reconfigurable instrument display that shows data in five driver-selectable modes. Again, the Cold Weather Package is the only option.

SEL Premium

At $27,795, the SEL Premium is by far the most expensive Jetta. Unique features include two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, and perforated leather trim with ventilated front seats. An eight-inch touchscreen with navigation is unique to this model, and the inclusion of the features from the Cold Weather Package as standard means there are no available equipment packages.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is roomier and comes well equipped, making it a good value. Base S trims lack some essential features, whereas SE models provide the basics buyers expect at this price point, so we'd start our search there. The Cold Weather Package is an important upgrade for buyers in many areas of the country, adding five different features for less than $100 each.

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