For $100 Less, VW’s New Jetta Gives You More Room, Tech And MQB Platform

Volkswagen has updated all of cars in its US lineup except for the Passat, which continues to be offered with the same outdated styling and platform since 2011.

Now, consumers can opt for the bigger and more modern in many ways Jetta, which unlike its North American Passat sibling, rides on the VW Group’s lauded MQB architecture that underpins a boat load of models, including several Audis.

Presented in front of the international media at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Jetta has a larger footprint riding on a 105.7 inch wheelbase (vs 104.4 before), more attractive styling on the outside, and a modern cabin that offers pretty much everything one would want from a car in this class, including a digital display instead of the analogue dials on better-equipped models.

Motivation comes from the same 1.4-liter four-banger of its predecessor, which continues to develop 148hp (150PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque, married to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those who would rather have an automatic will be glad to know that a new and more efficient 8-speed unit replaces the old 6-speed DSG.

By sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, and TT models, the new Jetta has the potential to offer some excitement on the road with the right (powerful) engine and chassis tune, though we’ll have to wait for a higher performance model.

For now, US consumers should know that the order books for the new Jetta will open this spring. Prices will start from $18,545 without the destination charge, which makes it $100 more affordable than its predecessor, and $4,450 more economic than the slightly larger Passat.

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  • John

    the rear looks like a mini sonata and the front looks like a fusion/aston wanna be..

  • LOOKS GOOD. VW IS GOOD AT NOT FALLING BACK ON DESIGN TRENDS LEAVING THEIR LINE UP LOOKING CLASSIC. NICE TO SEE THE CENTER SCREEN FULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE DASH.

  • WG

    Even though it’s $100 cheaper than the last gen Jetta, I suppose that the price could easily be pushed to around $30k with just a few options ticked.

    • jsz00

      That’s because the rear suspension is back to a torsion beam

  • Dennis James

    Finally the new MQB Jetta.

    It looks like that they are reusing the Audi A4 taillights 🙂

  • jsz00

    This thing is a crossover with that wheel gap

  • iea96

    That front is hideous! Looks just like a Scania truck (which is also a Volkswagen Group company).
    And from back, it looks like a Skoda. Will look outdated even before stepping outside the showroom.
    But at least the interior is okay.

    • exeptor

      In addition the front looks so cheap. Imagine this car as a basic package and in a grey. It will be the perfect “don’t look at me” thing. And this comes in time when the lineup of VW is not that bad looking (even basic versions).

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    looks like a re-badged Nissan Sentra [ BORING ]

  • Xandao
    • Miknik

      More, bigger and more angular grilles,details and lines are a thing with them right now.

  • Mark S

    The front-end is a huge let down.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    cannot wait for skoda and seat rendition

  • dumblikeyou2

    So fucking ugly

  • Karl

    Skoda much? What a let down and boring car! What the hell happened Volkswagen?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks OK in red.

  • NMo

    Cars like this make me think about the new product development process in car manufacturing companies. How many people, senior designers, chief designers, heads, directors, EVPs, CEO, board members, signed off a car that has that front? It just amazes me. I can always understand one crazy tasteless guy/gal (just look at the mods shown sometimes here on CS), but at a car company, it must go through so many levels of approvals and revew, and no one says: “no, this is ugly”.

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