Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2021 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 2021 Volkswagen Jetta has some equipment variations, but no other changes. The SE model gains a power driver seat and SEL, SEL Premium, and GLI Autobahn models get a new infotainment system.

The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned on a new platform for 2019, gaining new technology features and slightly larger dimensions for improved interior space. Trim levels ascend through: entry-level S, popularly-equipped SE, sporty R-Line, SEL, and top-line SEL Premium. The performance-oriented GLI is available in S and Autobahn trims.

Jetta GLIs have sport suspension, unique trim, and 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. All other Jettas have a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower. The S and R-Line models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission; optional on S and R-Line, but standard on all other non-GLI 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 lost a bit of ride/handling refinement with its redesign for 2019, but it added 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: $19,815
1.4T SE: $23,860
1.4T R-Line: $23,615
1.4T SEL: $26,415
1.4T SEL Premium: $28,865
GLI S: $27,460
GLI Autobahn: $30,865

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

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (GLI S, GLI Autobahn)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2021 Volkswagen Jetta R-Line
Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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