Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Pros: Spacious interior; projected fuel economy; control layout; GLI’s handling and performance

Cons: Ride quality isn’t up to previous Jetta standards; some safety features only available on top trim levels

CG Says: The Volkswagen Jetta is redesigned on a new platform for 2019, gaining new technology features and slightly larger dimensions for improved interior space. Five trim levels were available initially: entry-level S, popularly-equipped SE, sporty R-Line, SEL, and top-line SEL Premium. A midyear addition was the performance-oriented GLI available in S, Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, and Autobahn trims. The GLIs are powered by a 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. GLIs also have sport suspension and unique trim. All other Jettas have a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower. The base S model comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission; optional on S and standard on all other models is an 8-speed automatic transmission. Available features include forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic monitor, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. The mainline Volkswagen Jetta loses a bit of ride/handling refinement with its redesign for 2019, but it adds interior space, slightly better fuel economy, new infotainment features, and very competitive prices—all traits that should appeal to the mainstream shoppers that VW is pursuing with this vehicle. The GLI has extra horsepower and a more sophisticated suspension that result in much sportier car that maintains the GLI’s performance reputation.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices 1.4T S: $19,395
1.4T SE: $23,005
1.4T R-Line: $23,845
1.4T SEL: $25,265
1.4T SEL Premium: $27,795
GLI S: $27,690
GLI 35th Anniversary Edition: $28,690
GLI Autobahn: $30,890

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (S, SE, R-Line, SEL, SEL Premium)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (GLI S, GLI 35th Anniversary Edition, GLI Autobahn)
Horsepower
228
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32