In 2015, Volkswagen introduced the now ubiquitous MQB chassis with the MK7 Golf. Four years later, the MQB chassis finds its way underneath the seventh-generation, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.
The 2019 Jetta has been completely redesigned both inside and out. When compared to the 2018 model, the design of the new car is more distinctive and premium as it shares some of the design elements with the current Volkswagen Tiguan. The wheelbase has been extended by 1.3 inches over the previous model. This results in more legroom for the rear seat occupants, which is always a good thing.
Performance and Handling
Regardless of the trim level, the 2019 Jetta will only be powered by Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.4 L inline-four cylinder engine which produces 147 horsepower and 184 lb.ft. torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base Jetta S while an eight-speed automatic is optional. Higher trim level models are equipped with the automatic transmission as standard along with fuel-saving stop/start system.
When it comes to rear suspension setup, the 2019 Jetta takes a step backward as it trades the multilink independent suspension design from the 2018 model in favor of a more simple, torsion-beam axle setup.
Up front, the 2019 Jetta is distinguished by its butch chrome grille, full-LED headlights, and an aggressive hood. The side profile, in my opinion, is a lot more attractive when compared to the previous generation model. The rear end of the Jetta features some of the design elements found on the 2018 model, which adds a hint of familiarity to the vehicle’s profile. The rear roofline of the Jetta is similar in design to that of the VW Arteon.
Inside, the 2019 VW Jetta offers numerous fabric color options for the seats and door panels. A more aggressive stitch pattern along with a 10-color, customizable wraparound ambient lighting is also optionally available. The front seats, which previously were optionally heated, are now ventilated as well. The center console is large enough to hide a full-size tablet away from prying eyes.
The memory seat along with the desired temperature, driver-assistance preferences, ideal ambient lighting color, radio presets, and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit settings could be customized by up to four drivers via VW’s Driver Personalization feature. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, standard on Jetta SEL and SEL Premium, can be configured by the driver to display vital data in a manner that is most useful to them. The navigation screen can be displayed either in the instrument cluster or in the radio head unit in the dashboard.
The 2019 Jetta is also equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink integration as standard. Mirrorlink enables drivers to stream music from their smartphones via a 400-watt Beats Audio System.
Optional safety features consist of a forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go feature, automatic high-beams, and lane-departure warning with a lane-keeping assist.
Pricing and Availability
The base 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S starts at $19,395 ($100 less than the 2018 model) while the top-of-the-range Jetta SEL Premium will slightly cross the $30K threshold. The 2019 Jetta will be available in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and R-Line trims. A more powerful Jetta GLI will join the model portfolio at a later date. Until then, the Jetta R-Line will be the sportiest variant available for sale after the launch.
Information and Image sourced from Volkswagen