I know it’s easy for people to neglect the Jetta unlike the Passat but trust me, not this Jetta ! The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is rich in tech and is slightly bigger than it’s previous models. The increased cabin space isn’t really noticeable up front, but an has an extra 1.3 inches of rear legroom which in my humble opinion is a nice addition. The trunk offers 14.1 cubic feet of space, which isn’t as capacious as the outgoing Jetta’s 15.7, but combined with rear foldable seats means there’s a ton of room, not to mention a nice, wide opening that makes it easy to load bulky items such as boxes, suitcases and much more.
Under the hood
Under the hood you’ll find VW’s 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 engine, an updated version of the 1.4 used in last year’s Jetta. Power is, surprisingly, down to 147 horsepower (compared to 150 in the 2018 Jetta) while torque is unchanged at 184 pound-feet. I appreciate torque more than ponies for commuter cars like this, and the Jetta still boasts a healthy number of pound-feet for a car of this size and weight, funny thing is that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is is 66 pounds lighter than previous models. However, the 1.4T depends heavily on the eight-speed automatic transmission to translate that torque into real-world performance.
There is a six-speed manual available, but the vast majority of Jetta buyers will end up with that automatic. In its Comfort or Eco settings, the Jetta accelerates smoothly and quietly enough — and should deliver EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined. Awesome if you ask me.
Infotainment and Tech
he least-expensive base model is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, which allows drivers to bring their own smartphone maps and audio streaming apps to the dashboard.
The SEL Premium model uses an upgraded 8-inch Discover Media touchscreen navigation system, Volkswagen’s awesome Digital Cockpit, 10-color ambient cabin lighting, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, and a Beats Audio system. Just when we thought Apple has abandoned Beats audio, the company it bought for almost $4B few years ago.
Onboard navigation is pretty good, especially with the 10-inch Digital Cockpit LCD instrument cluster. Much like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, this second screen in front of the driver allows users to view and control many of the available infotainment features — from navigation to hands-free calling to media selection — without taking a hand off the wheel or an eye very far off the road. But mind you, the Digital Cockpit of the Volkswagen Jetta is not as powerful as that on the Audi. There’s no basis for comparison.
The 2019 VW Jetta S starts at $19,395 for the base models while at $27,795, you get the loaded SEL Premium model with all of the available safety tech, nicer cabin materials, the larger infotainment system and that awesome Digital Cockpit.