2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Look | Edmunds

2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Look

Wider, Taller, Longer and More Refined


Revealed today ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Volkswagen Jetta has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. It gets new, sharper looks, a new platform underneath and a redesigned interior. The new Jetta is longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model, with a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs, which means a significant increase in interior volume. In the looks category it's certainly less subtle, with sharp character lines, a larger grille, and a much larger presence on the road. Under the hood, the Jetta retains the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (a 3-hp drop from last year's model). But it gets a new six-speed manual transmission as standard, and the same eight-speed automatic transmission carries over as an option.

The new 2019 Jetta will be available in five trim levels: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium and, later in the year, R-Line. Available safety equipment includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The new Jetta also comes with an impressive bumper-to-bumper limited warranty: six years or 72,000 miles.

For drivers who know Volkswagen, the interior will seem simultaneously familiar and new, with some carry-over knobs and buttons, but a new touchscreen and center console adorning the space. Also available is Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit display, which allows for customization of the driver's thin-film transistor (TFT) display. You can even move navigation to that screen. It's an impressive and welcome addition that was previously reserved for higher-cost vehicles such as the Jetta's Audi brethren.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

For years, the Jetta was the grown-up in the VW bunch. Then it stagnated a bit, using old plastics and remaining relatively the same for the better part of a decade. This redesign, however, seems to put styling and tech at the top of its list of priorities, making us optimistic about the experience behind the wheel. We drove a preproduction model just a few months ago and our first impressions were good. We're eager to thoroughly put the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta through its paces on our home turf.

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