Volkswagen Jetta: Here's the new longer, wider VW Jetta sedan

  • Volkswagen Jetta: Here's the new longer, wider VW Jetta sedan

Volkswagen Jetta: Here's the new longer, wider VW Jetta sedan

The 2019 Jetta is now based on the MQB platform with and gets a bolder exterior with more interior space than the last generation.

"This is a vital vehicle for us, because it is our best-seller in the United States", Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen's North American region, said. "With its combination of greattechnology, 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".

Compared with the current Jetta, the 2019 Jetta now has a longer wheelbase, 105.7 inches compared to 104.4 inches. That all translates to more interior room.

While the design is familiar, it's also significantly updated from the previous Jetta, with crisper, more detailed surfaces and a bold, clean new front end. VW has given the new Jetta a fast-sloping roof line, to give the air of a coupe.

Inside, the Jetta's fully redesigned interior combines high-tech features with everyday usability and refined fit and finish.

As for those accommodations, they've been fully redesigned from the outgoing auto, with greater use of soft-touch materials and a new, trapezoidal design theme to leave the cabin more modern.

The new Jetta rocks customizable ambient lighting and the latest Volkswagen tech. Heated and cooled front seats, power driver's seat with memory functionality, leather and dual-zone climate control are optional.

Also standard with the automatic is a stop/start system, which VW says contributes to fuel economy.

Standard on all 2019 Jettas is a personalization feature that stores settings for up to four drivers. The driver-oriented cockpit sees an infotainment screen perched high on the dashboard for easy accessibility while those that opted for the SEL trim or higher will appreciate the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, a lightly distilled version of Audi's Virtual Cockpit Display. What's more, the outgoing Jetta didn't get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto until you upgraded to the 6.3-inch unit; it's now standard.

The Jetta's technology upgrades extend beyond the cabin to include a comprehensive suite of available driver assistance technology. These systems include the class exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

Under the hood, the Jetta is motivated by a 1.4-liter turbo-4 that makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet mated to a 6-speed manual, or more often, an 8-speed automatic. The power is taken to the front wheels via a new standard six-speed manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic transmission optional on the base model and standard on higher trims. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is held (such as when waiting at a stop light).

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is taking a page from small-size competitors with big ideas.

The vehicle is eligible for Volkswagen's six-year, 72,000-mile warranty that the German automaker says is "best in class" and fully transferable. The new Jetta rolls up to US VW dealers' lots in just a few months (the second quarter of 2018) starting at $18,545, which the company points out is about $100 less than the outgoing model.