Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is getting its long overdue redesign for 2019. It’s a definite improvement over the last-generation model in more ways than one.
New Looks and Updated Technology
VW introduced the all-new Jetta at the Detroit Auto Show. While VW didn’t dramatically rethink the four-door, it did infuse a sleeker look to it thanks to the new MQB platform it shares with the Golf, Audi TT, and A3. While it’s very much VW in the front, you can definitely see some Audi influence on the sides and the rear.
The new Jetta is bigger and about an inch longer than the outgoing model, with shorter overhangs. Aluminum-alloy wheels and full LED lighting come standard.
There is more room on the inside, including headroom. Designers also re-did the interior with more soft-touch materials. New fabric colors and designs adorn the seats and door trim. VW also added a new 5-liter center storage console that fits a standard iPad.
Inside, it also receives some sorely needed tech updates. A rearview camera comes standard. Available premium features include Volkswagen’s Audi-esque Digital Cockpit with full-screen navigation views, along with 10-color ambient lighting. Other premium offerings include a panoramic sunroof and heated and ventilated leather seats.
It’s also the first Volkswagen in the U.S. to offer an available 400-watt BeatsAudio sound system.
The 2019 Jetta actually comes down slightly in horsepower. Its 1.4-liter turbocharged engine delivers 147-horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. A new six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the base trim. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on the higher trims.
Driver’s Assistance Technology
Available safety tech includes 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 (Light Assist); and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist). There is also an available Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
It will arrive in the second quarter of 2018 in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trims. It’s priced starting from $18,545, not including destination. A sportier R-Line trim will join the lineup at launch.
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