2019 VW Jetta Gets $179/Month Lease Deal

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 24, 2018

At long last, the 2019 Jetta is rolling into dealers, offering a much-needed update to the iconic nameplate. Those thinking of leasing one for Memorial Day have a new $179/month lease to consider.

However, a closer look reveals the car is priced considerably higher than competitors. In fact, our analysis shows it may actually cost more than another VW with an MSRP that's $5,300 more expensive.

Here's what you need to know.

Offers assume a Los Angeles location unless noted otherwise

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Starting this month, the 2019 Jetta 1.4T S can be leased nationally from $179 for 36 months with $2,499 due at signing. It comes with an allowance of 10,000 miles per year and has an effective cost of $248/month.

Although that may not sound so bad, the price is for a car with a manual transmission. If you prefer an automatic, the price rises by $10 to $258/month, which isn't all that great for a car with an MSRP of $20,195.

Believe it or not, that's actually $4/month more than a 2018 Tiguan S. Here in Los Angeles, the all-new Tiguan leases from $179 for 36 months and $2,699 at signing, an effective cost of $254/month.

The MSRP of the Tiguan is $25,495, meaning it's $5,300 more expensive than the Jetta but $4/month cheaper to lease. The reason has to do with a very big difference in discounts.

Manufacturer bulletins show the Jetta has no lease discounts whatsoever and a money factor equivalent to 2.9% APR. The Tiguan lease has the same rate but benefits from $2,250 in lease cash.

We find this to be yet another case in which an SUV is cheaper to lease than a car.

The Jetta's effective cost of $258 also makes it pricier than competitors. It's $13/month more than a Honda Civic LX ($245), $23 more than a Toyota Corolla LE ($235) and $33 more than a Mazda3 ($225).

Higher prices for an all-new model aren't surprising. However, those thinking of buying one for Memorial Day will be paying a hefty premium for the privilege of being one of the first to bring one home.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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