The 2019 VW Jetta starts at $19,395 for a manually-equipped S model and tops out at $27,795 for the SEL Premium. Between those two are three additional models – SE, R-Line, and SEL. A single engine is offered – a 147-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder fitted with either a six-speed manual (standard on the S), or an eight-speed automatic (optional on the S, standard on other trims) transmission.
The usual power features are present, plus LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, an electric parking brake, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and generous six-year/72,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties.
Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are optional on the S and standard on SE and above trims, while adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams are standard and only offered on SEL and SEL Premium models.
With a single engine and suspension, we'd skip the base S and head straight to the SE trim that, in addition to more standard safety features, adds heated side mirrors, a sunroof, black-finished alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, leatherette seats (heated in front), and keyless push-button start. Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE
- Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 147 hp / 184 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 30 City / 40 Hwy
- Base Price: $23,005 (including an $850 destination fee)
- Best Value Price: $23,005