The Volkswagen Jetta was all-new for 2019, so it shouldn’t be a shocker that the 2020 VW Jetta will hit showrooms as a carryover model, save for some tweaks to its standard and available equipment.
The VW Jetta took on a new, more aggressive style in 2019, and this look remains one of the freshest in its class. Other than new 17-inch aluminum wheels on the SEL and SEL Premium trims, we expect no visual changes, making the 2020 Jetta virtually identical to the current model.
Though it retained its relatively simple theme from previous generations, the new-generation Jetta’s cabin took on an all-new look and loads of new technology. This gave is a modern-looking cabin free of distracting design cues and offered buyers premium comfort and amenities in its higher trims. Though it will be visually identical, there will be a few tweaks technical tweaks inside the 2020 Jetta’s cabin. These updates will include the new-generation Car-Net infotainment system and standard in-car Wi-Fi.
Other equipment updates in the 2020 VW Jetta will include the new optional Cold Weather Package on the SE and SE R-Line trims. This Cold Weather Package will be standard on the SEL and SEL Premium models and includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, windshield wiper de-icers, heated washer nozzles, and remote start.
The 2020 VW Jetta will continue with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
The current VW Jetta received “Good” ratings in all the IIHS crash tests and a “Superior” rating for its optional automatic emergency braking system, but its “Poor” to “Marginal” headlight tests did it no favors. These subpar headlights prevented it from receiving the IIHS Top Safety Pick label, and we expect the same safety ratings from the 2020 VW Jetta.