It’s an SUV apple now, alike for generally car-centric Volkswagen. Its finest sellers this 12 months purchase been its new SUV stars, the Tiguan (Automotive.com’s finest latest Compact SUV Problem winner) and Atlas mid-size SUV (Vehicles.com’s Better of 2018). However automakers nonetheless promote quite a lot of bunched vehicles within the U.S., and the abounding redesign of the 2019 Jetta exhibits VW is austere about advancing for a much bigger share.
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The antecedent bearing captivated its personal in settlement of lively manners, but it surely was bland. The 2019 will get as much as acceleration with options, tech, abundance and, notably, greater worth. If you happen to urge for food added lively grins, Volkswagen has the sportier Golf GTI bunched auto — a angel of fans (together with me) — aloof as Honda will promote you a candied manual-shift Civic Si.
The 2019 Jetta affords S, SE, SEL and SEL Distinctive trim ranges, as a able-bodied as a sportier-looking R-Line adaptation that replaces 2018’s SE Sport. I hung out in all trim ranges for this assessment. A backup for the fancier, higher-powered and added big-ticket GLI trim is accepted later.
The 2019 is added admirable than the completed technology, but charcoal added grown-up-looking than, for instance, the adolescent vibe of the most recent Civic. The attending is acutely channelled and added muscular, decidedly in entrance, with an arty adaptation of the Volkswagen grille and a acutely sculpted awning and bumper. The ancillary is bedeviled by a aciculate look band from the superior fender to the taillight, however abominably begins with a bit affected fender vent.
The roofline, whereas not as “coupelike” as VW would purchase you suppose, is sleeker than the bourgeois 2018 and slopes precisely into the block lid. It does so afterwards authoritative the lid agonizingly child for loading the large 14.1-cubic-foot trunk, which expands by way of a 60/40-split, folding rear seatback on all fashions. LED headlights, daytime lively lights and taillights are moreover customary, and alike the abject archetypal comes with 16-inch admixture auto (no synthetic covers!). The 2019 is hardly greater in all dimensions, which is finest credible within the 1.3-inch-stretched wheelbase that strikes the auto afterpiece to the corners.
The Jetta’s attending is spiced up aloof a bit for the R-Line trim, which has its personal 17-inch admixture wheels, a gloss-black grille and side-mirror caps, further foglights and a hardly added advancing rear bonanza with bifold chrome bankrupt suggestions. Inside, it has a exercise council caster and R-Line black-and-gray leatherette (imitation leather-based) seats. The alone automated change is a higher-performance, brake-based limited-slip cyberbanking differential, however I might acquaint no aberration in accustomed artery driving.
The perfect allotment of the brand new autogenous is the dashboard (it has a little bit of Golf DNA), which wraps in regards to the driver’s acreage of imaginative and prescient. The centermost touchscreen is school and angled adjoin the disciplinarian (no added averseness bottomward by the gearshift). All of the controls are logically at hand, and the buttons and dials purchase a higher-quality really feel and motion.
The autogenous abstracts and trim of the antecedent Jetta purchase been criticized as downscale aback it shaped out in 2011. The 2019 nonetheless isn’t stylish — it’s alike a bit Spartan in structure — but it surely’s considerable greater regardless, with added soft-touch abstracts and upscale-looking trim that accompany aback a number of the distinctive really feel of earlier Jettas. Alike the abject S trim is considerable improved.
The seats — bolt for the bottom, masking on the prime and leatherette for finest fashions — are a brand new design, durably admiring and ready for a continued day of driving. Sadly for the superior passenger, nonetheless, the shotgun armchair isn’t any finest height-adjustable. Abundance over a continued drive is added by a berth that, for 2019, is quiet considerable for accessible chat at artery speeds.
The brand new berth moreover provides naked practicality, together with abysmal aperture pockets with massive baptize canteen holders, a above centermost animate bin and a giant soft-surface buzz bin on the superior of the console. A child however anxious element that others ought to copy: The animate bin has a light-gray autogenous that makes it considerable simpler to acquisition issues on the backside. Animate accumulator amplitude is helped by a brand new cyberbanking parking brake, however we acknowledge you, VW, for not abacus a kind of sophisticated cyberbanking shifters to save lots of alike added house.
The sleeker roofline leaves ready allowance for a 6-foot-plus developed within the backseat, forth with boilerplate legroom. Price-cutting exhibits, nonetheless, in cheaper abstracts aback there. That’s not aberrant in bunched sedans, however some — conspicuously the most recent Honda Civic — do a much bigger job of camouflage the rear penny-pinching. Total, the backseat is enough, but it surely gained’t get quite a lot of finest suggestions.
The account of flush account that may accomplish the Jetta autogenous added enjoyable or ready has broadcast to accommodate 10-color ambient lighting that wraps in regards to the superior seats, that are aerial as able-bodied as heated, further a acrimonious council wheel, acrimonious rear seats and a across-the-board moonroof.
The Jetta’s anachronous expertise has gotten a above overhaul, with a abject 6.5-inch touchscreen for 2019 that’s above than the 2018’s greater awning (6.Three inches) and an 8-inch development for school trim ranges. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone affiliation is accepted on all fashions. The Jetta moreover has VW’s latest-generation, handy multimedia system, which is quick, aciculate and — on the 8-inch association — has admirable blush cartoon which can be as acceptable or greater than these of any added boilerplate model. The upgraded display screen’s expertise moreover permits compression and zoom, forth with no-contact motion ascendancy to about-face amid airheaded or screens.
You purchase to leap to the SEL mannequin, nonetheless, to get the 8-inch system. The abate adaptation on decrease trims is aloof OK — arid and about black-and-white except you’re utility smartphone integration. You moreover purchase to leap as much as the SEL to get the absorbing Agenda Cockpit configurable equipment cluster, which is a 10.25-inch affectation that takes the abode of decrease trim ranges’ accepted analog gauges. As with the abject multimedia system, these dials assume addled and anachronous by comparability.
Customary tech on all 2019 Jettas contains advantageous and enjoyable personalization that may abundance as much as 4 drivers’ settings to baddest amid again you get in; two moreover may be absorbed to the important thing fobs to be automated. Relying on trim akin and different tools, these settings (to which you’ll connect your personal lovely names) can accommodate driver’s bench reminiscence, disciplinarian abetment preferences, altitude settings, Agenda Cockpit configuration, ambient lighting coloration, radio presets and aeronautics view.
On school trims, the Jetta moreover has VW’s aboriginal BeatsAudio distinctive audio, a 400-watt association acquainted to the automotive with seven audio system, together with a subwoofer within the trunk. To my style, it articulate aloof OK, not nice. It appeared too bass-heavy and beneath brittle than the Fender-branded distinctive audio in added VWs, such because the 2019 Tiguan.
Oddly stingy within the contrarily tech-savvy new Jetta is the dispersed availability of USB ports and added potential retailers. There’s aloof one USB anchorage and a 12-volt aperture till you get to the SEL, which provides one added USB within the animate bin. That’s moreover the alone anchorage accessible for the rear seat.
The seventh-generation 2019 Jetta improves all-embracing on a antecedent that ranked amid the added fun-to-drive bunched sedans. Considerable of that advance owes to greater bones, with the Jetta now on VW’s completed MQB modular platform, which underpins a number of newer fashions, from the lively Golf auto to the large Atlas SUV.
The Jetta’s no Golf GTI, although, due in allotment to a less expensive torsion-beam rear suspension. The redesigned Jetta’s journey is softer, which potential irritate admirers of the firmer 2018 however will acceptable amuse quite a lot of bunched auto consumers. Nonetheless, it may possibly battling the administration of the accepted Civic sedan, and each of these can ball in regards to the 2019 Toyota Corolla. Cornering is secure, with some angular however acceptable anatomy ascendancy and anticipated nose-heavy understeer. The council might use added really feel, although; it’s bendable on heart, but it surely corporations up precisely as you aces up pace.
All 2019 Jettas use a revised 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder whose punchiness belies its admeasurement and numbers; the 2018’s 1.8-liter and a couple of.0-liter choices purchase been dropped. The 1.4-liter stays, but it surely now allowances from the well-spaced ratios of a brand new eight-speed automated chiral that changed the 2018’s six-speed. The brand new chiral accouterment positively, with no missteps, and agreeably downshifts afterwards boundless nudging from the accelerator. It affords a auspiciously brittle chiral mode, as nicely. A six-speed chiral gearbox is accessible alone on the abject S mannequin, space it’s customary. The clamp is bland and linear, however the shifter throws are continued and stiff, so it’s not a achievement alternative.
Total, the Jetta is lively about city, with 184 pounds-feet of aiguille torque advancing at aloof 1,400 rpm. It’s moreover enjoyable on backroads and added assured than I accepted in artery conditions, admitting the constraints of the newborn turbo agent are considerable added credible throughout artery informal and with cruise ascendancy response. Reponse is finest within the Exercise lively entry that comes with school trim ranges. Lively modes adapt burke and chiral settings and adaptive cruise ascendancy response, as able-bodied as (within the Eco entry included on all Jettas) altitude association operation. Exercise shouldn’t be precise aggressive; I suggested it as my go-to entry on fashions that had it. Against this, Eco dulls issues to the purpose space you possibly can’t see why anybody would use it aside from EPA breadth testing.
Whereas the 2019 Jetta will get new low-rolling-resistance tires to advance mileage, they didn’t assume to cede considerable in cornering and anchor till taken to banned few bunched auto consumers are acceptable to method.
The brand new Jetta’s EPA appraisement rose to 30/39/34 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed for automatic-equipped variations, up from the 28/38/32 mpg of the best-rated 2018 automated model. Breadth is now added aggressive with rivals such because the 2019 Civic, rated 32/42/36 mpg (with the accessible turbo 1.5-liter agent and repeatedly capricious automated transmission) and the 2019 Corolla (28/36/32 mpg with CVT). Modifications VW acclimated to clasp out the added mileage, above the brand new automated and tires, accommodate a accepted agent stop-start association (fortunately with an on-off about-face that allows you to adjudge in the event you urge for food to make use of it).
The 2019 Jetta doesn’t but purchase crash-test scores; again accessible, they’ll alter the 2018 after-effects right here.
Enhancements on the tech superior go above infotainment to new and added broadly accessible disciplinarian abetment and assurance methods. Volkswagen has fabricated key look — a superior blow association with automated braking, darkish atom admonishing and rear cross-traffic lively — accepted alpha with the SE trim; it’s accessible as a $450 benefit on the abject mannequin. A finest account of look for the SEL and SEL Distinctive contains adaptive cruise ascendancy with alternate functionality, high-beam help, lane abandonment admonishing and lane accumulate help. That’s a giant assurance tech advance over the 2018 Jetta, but it surely’s nonetheless a footfall abaft the Corolla — which makes basal automated braking accepted on all fashions — and a brace of accomplish abaft the Civic, which has the completed Honda Sensing residence accepted for 2019, together with better of the reassurance and disciplinarian assist tech you will get alone within the added big-ticket Jettas. The 2019 Jetta moreover has a accepted post-collision braking association suggested to recommendation anticipate a further blow afterwards an antecedent crash.
The 2019 Jetta’s appraisement greater matches rivals — not article it has carried out able-bodied previously. It’s now configured to amass aggressive look for the greenback adjoin commensurable battling trim ranges, decidedly the Civic and Corolla. Evaluate them actuality for trim-level look and costs.
The abject Jetta S begins at $19,440 (all costs accommodate vacation spot) with a chiral chiral and $19,845 with the reassurance tech possibility. That compares with the abject 2019 Civic LX, at $20,345 with a chiral chiral and all its accepted assurance tech, and the automatic-only 2019 Corolla L, at $19,620 with accepted emergency braking. Notably, the Jetta S is a abject archetypal account shopping for, not a agile providing. You may see Vehicles.com editor Brian Wong’s considerable appraisal of the quantity of the Jetta S right here.
In the meantime, the Jetta’s all-in SEL Distinctive acme out at $27,840, in contrast with $28,195 for the analogously loaded Civic Touring. The highest Corolla XSE stops sooner, at aloof added than $24,000, but it surely moreover stops abbreviate of the VW and Honda in settlement of remarkable goodies, corresponding to masking seats.
In settlement of look for the buck, nonetheless, the Jetta SEL could also be the most effective worth, with a beginning quantity of $25,310. That’s $1,830 beneath than the 2018 SEL and contains LED projector headlights, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, autogenous ambient lighting, a agenda equipment show, Beats audio, the considerable greater 8-inch multimedia awning and the abounding residence of assurance and disciplinarian abetment options. If the amalgamation and quantity full lots just like the well-equipped Honda Civic EX-L, that’s completely no coincidence. Evaluate all Jetta trim ranges right here.