The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show with a new look, an upgraded interior, and a suite of advanced technologies. The Jetta was first introduced in 1979, and since then, VW has sold 16 million Jettas worldwide, 3.2 million in the U.S. alone.
“The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region for Volkswagen. “We expect that this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale.”
This year’s Jetta is longer, wider, and taller than the outgoing model, making more room for passengers. The extra height combined with a sloping roofline make this sedan look sporty and more like a coupe without cutting into rear-seat headroom. There’s a large front grille, sharper lines, and more chrome than before along with standard LED lighting to give it a more upscale, modern look.
The interior is fully redesigned to combine the high-tech features today’s customers demand along with top-quality materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. There are new fabric colors and new designs for the seats and door trim, as well as available 10-color customizable ambient lighting to create just the right mood.
The Jetta will offer heated and ventilated front seats, a power driver’s seat with memory, leather seating surfaces, and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone comfortable. There’s also a redesigned center storage cubby that holds 5 liters, which is enough to fit a standard iPad.
The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, which is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium trims, lets drivers reconfigure the display to suit their unique preferences. This includes allowing navigation to display front and center so it’s easier to follow the route. There’s also Volkswagen Car-Net, which provides connected vehicle services including a wide range of standard apps with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is also the first Volkswagen with an available 400-watt BeatsAudio system.Volkswagen put the focus on the driver starting with an infotainment screen that’s higher in the dashboard to make it easier to reach. There’s also Driver Personalization standard across the lineup. Depending on the trim, it allows drivers to customize various settings, including driver’s seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit arrangement, ambient lighting color, radio presets, and navigation.
Advanced safety features are also upgraded with available forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, high beam control, and lane departure warning. The Jetta includes active and passive safety systems that exceed current regulations, including an automatic post-collision braking system.
Power for the Jetta continues to be a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired to either a new standard six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic that becomes standard on higher trims. Models with an automatic transmission also feature start/stop technology for improved fuel efficiency.
The Jetta includes the People First Warranty with the best bumper-to-bumper warranty in America. It provides vehicle coverage for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. That warranty is also transferable to new owners through the entirety of the warranty period.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels. Those looking for a sportier vibe will also have the option of going with the R-Line with its more aggressive styling, unique interior and exterior design elements, R-Line badging, and electronic differential.
Expect to see the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in dealerships beginning in the second quarter of this year.