The 2019 VW Jetta offers bolder design, more interior space, new technology and pricing that starts at $18,545, which is less than the outgoing base model.
The 2019 VW Jetta was unveiled Jan. 14 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is expected to arrive at Speedcraft Volkswagen in Wakefield in the second quarter of 2018.
The Jetta is VW’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. “With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale,” said Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen’s North American region.
The 2019 VW Jetta is based on Volkswagen’s award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. As Motor Trend put it, “The new Jetta is finally built on the MQB platform like the Golf, a car that impressed us so much that we named it our 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year.”
It’s also bigger, with more interior space and a longer wheelbase – 105.7 inches compared to 104.4 inches. It’s wider and taller than the outgoing model as well.
The distinctive new design includes a large front grille and sharper lines, while the addition of more chrome and standard LED lighting. A fast-sloping roof line creates a sportier, coupe-like profile, VW says. The interior is also redesigned, with new fabric colors and designs for the seats and door trim. Wrap-around ambient lighting, in 10 colors, is optional. Heated and ventilated front seats are available. A new center storage console is large enough to fit a standard iPad. Every 2019 VW Jetta offers standard driver personalization with up to four settings. Dependent on trim, customizable features include: driver seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen digital cockpit arrangement (if equipped), ambient lighting color, radio presets, navigation view and more.
Technology also includes driver assistance features. A rearview camera comes standard and available features include: forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (front assist); blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert; adaptive cruise control (ACC), upgraded for use in stop and go traffic; high beam control and lane departure warning (lane assist), which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane should it start drifting into another lane without using the turn signal.
Under the hood, the 2019 VW Jetta will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard but only on the base car; an eight-speed automatic is optional on that model and standard on higher-trim versions. Automatic transmission models come standard with a start/stop system designed to improve fuel efficiency. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is held, such as when waiting at a stop light. When the brake pedal is released, the engine restarts.
The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000 miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners.