2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Save up to $6,888
2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Save up to $6,888

What’s new

  • Fully redesigned
  • More in-car and safety tech
  • New SEL Premium trim
  • Part of the seventh Jetta generation introduced for 2019

Pros

  • Spacious and classy cabin
  • Plenty of features for the money
  • Above-average warranty coverage

Cons

  • No high-power optional engine


Which Jetta does Edmunds recommend?

The 2019 Jetta R-Line could be the way to go. It adds a lot of desirable features to the base Jetta S such as simulated leather upholstery, heated seats, a sunroof and 17-inch wheels. We also like that the R-Line has a blacked-out front grille that's more visually appealing than the ungainly chrome piece.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Early Volkswagen Jettas placed a strong emphasis on driving precision and an upscale personality. More recently, VW gave the Jetta a more practical and comfort-oriented direction, but it came at the cost of refinement. It wasn't an approach we were particularly fond of. The redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta looks to be an improvement, though. It continues the trend toward greater size and comfort, but this time around quality hasn't been so obviously sacrificed.

The new Jetta is slightly longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model, with a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs. The exterior styling is more distinctive, with sharp character lines, a larger grille, and a much larger presence on the road. There's more room and comfort for front passengers, though the trunk is slightly smaller this time around.

The interior design is certainly more modern. The Jetta's lower trim levels come with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The more expensive trim levels get a larger 8-inch screen plus VW's Digital Cockpit, which is a fully digital and customizable gauge cluster. Almost every Jetta comes with useful driver safety aids, including forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring.

For power, the Jetta continues to come with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four (147 horsepower) that is connected to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is reasonably quick for the class, and the EPA estimates you'll get 34 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is slightly better than last year. VW says it will also offer a sportier GLI variant in the future.

Overall, the new 2019 Jetta is a solid small sedan. We think it's worth considering alongside other top models such as the Honda Civic, the Kia Forte and the Mazda 3.

Trim levels & features

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan that's available in five trims. The base S aims to undercut its competition with a lower price point without sacrificing features. The SE model adds more convenience features, while the R-Line has similar features but with different styling elements. The SEL and SEL Premium trims add enough tech to turn the Jetta into a mini luxury sedan.

All are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The base S comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed automatic optional. The eight-speed auto is standard on the remaining trims.

Highlights for the Jetta S include 16-inch alloy wheels, LED head- and taillights, air conditioning, a 6.5-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a USB port, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system.

An optional Driver Assistance package adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Jetta SE has those features as standard plus a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry with push-button start.

If you want a slightly different look, opt for the Jetta R-Line. It has similar equipment to the SE, but it rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and replaces the chrome grille and mirror caps with gloss-black pieces. A unique rear bumper finishes the look. On the inside, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and R-Line badges remind you of your purchase. To help improve the Jetta's traction when powering out of turns aggressively, VW's XDS, an electronic differential lock, is standard on the R-Line only.

With the Jetta SEL, buyers get a taste of luxury-car life thanks to high-end features such as adaptive cruise control, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio sound system, an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch display, satellite and HD radio, a fully digital gauge cluster (Digital Cockpit) and an extra USB port. Other safety items such as lane keeping assist, auto high-beam control, automatic wipers, and auto-dimming rearview mirror are standard as well. Oddly, the SEL drops back down to 16-inch alloy wheels, though you do get a 10-color adjustable ambient lighting system.

A Cold Weather package is available on SE, R-Line and SEL trims. It includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a heated windshield wiper park zone, heated windshield washer nozzles, and remote start.

The SEL Premium is the icing on the cake for the Jetta line. It has the features from the Cold Weather package plus 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, and a navigation system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our first drive of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed manual | FWD).

Driving

The 1.4-liter engine doesn't have much pull below 2,500 rpm, but the manual shifts crisply. The automatic's shifting is well-suited to the engine's power. Handling capability is stable, though the car's rear suspension design isn't as sophisticated as on most rivals.

Comfort

The Jetta rides smoothly on the highway. Thanks to revised contouring, the front seats are more comfortable than last year's.

Interior

The all-new interior shows excellent build quality. The seats' ergonomics are more comfortable than before. Front-seat passengers benefit from more kneeroom and shoulder room, though rear-seaters may notice reduced legroom.

Utility

Although outright trunk volume has shrunk, the 14.1-cubic-foot capacity is still competitive for the class. Interior cubby space has increased, with larger door pockets and a larger center console bin than before.

Technology

An all-new interior boasts easy-to-use digital features, such as the touchscreen infotainment system and the Digital Cockpit. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean even the base infotainment system isn't a penalty box.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Best value for a Mid Size Sedan
Wilson,07/10/2018
I got the SEL and feels like it’s got all you need. I only miss the power seats. Besides that I’m super happy with this car. Feels super powerful for a 1.4 liter as long as you’re not driving with 4 passengers and full trunk. Really gets 35+ mpg so great gas saver. Technology is awesome! Overall best bang for the buck at 25K!
Great Basic Car
Bill,09/19/2018
I was looking for a basic commuter car for 100 mile daily round trip to work. The new Jetta looks great, understated but with some character. It is very quiet and comfortable on the road. Acceleration and handling are adequate, but nice for a base model car. Averaging 39 mpg over the first 1,500 miles with a max of 47 mpg for a 50 mile trip to work. It's great being able to drive the 500 miles a week for commuting to work on one tank of gas. Yeah, it's the first year of a major redesign, which is usually a non-starter, but the 6 yr, 72,000 warranty puts my mind somewhat at ease.
Awesome R Line
Sam M Aron,09/17/2018
Got the 2019 VW Jetta R-Line one month ago and I am truly delighted. I also have a 2018 Jaguar XE and surprisingly the Jetta R-Line has significant more rear passenger room. The black grille and 17" wheels are beautiful. The infotainment connecting Apple Car play gives me satellite radio without having to pay for it, as well as navigation.
My 7th Volkswagen ( 2019 Jetta S )
Daniel,08/15/2018
Great car with amazing value for the car and warranty ( 6 years or 72k ) Great gas mileages and fun to drive. looks amazing. have the car for 2 months and my gas mileages is about 42 on highway, with regular gas.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$19,345
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$22,155
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$24,415
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$22,995
MPG
30 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Jetta safety features:

Blind-Spot Warning System
Alerts you with visual and audible warnings if other vehicles are in your blind spot.
Post-Collision Braking System
Applies the brakes once the airbags go off to reduce the possibility of further damage during an accident.
Forward Collision Warning
Sounds an alert when a front collision is likely, and primes and applies the brakes if necessary.

Volkswagen Jetta vs. the competition

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Passat

2019 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Jetta vs. Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is an entire size class larger, with more interior room and a larger trunk. The Jetta's smaller engine is more efficient and its eight-speed automatic is quick-shifting. You get much more bang for your buck with the Jetta, and the SEL's Digital Cockpit and large 8-inch infotainment screen will wow you.

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Volkswagen Jetta vs. Volkswagen Golf

They're similar in width and height, but the Jetta sedan is nearly 20 inches longer, though its wheelbase is only 2 inches longer. This translates to a roomier interior for the Jetta, especially for rear-seat passengers, though the Golf has the edge in cargo volume. The Jetta also comes with better in-car infotainment and standard safety technology.

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Volkswagen Jetta vs. Hyundai Elantra

Although the Jetta is down on power compared to the Elantra, it gets better fuel economy and range. Both cars are great on the highway and come with a plethora of in-car and safety technology. The Jetta's eight-speed transmission is better matched to its engine than Hyundai's seven-speed automatic.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan for Sale

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What do people think of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Jetta Sedan 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Jetta Sedan.

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What's a good price for a New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan?
2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,630. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,888 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,888 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,742.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is26.9% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,890. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,011 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,011 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,879.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is25.2% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,560. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,681 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,681 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$13,879.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is32.5% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,370. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,111 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,111 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,259.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SE 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is26.2% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,975. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $5,911 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T S 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is29.6% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,160. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,963 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,963 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,197.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 1.4T SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is21.2% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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