2019 VW Jetta Shows That Compact Sedans Are Here To Stay

The new generation Volkswagen Jetta that was launched earlier this year is like a Passatt on a slightly smaller scale, which might suit those who aren’t looking for the latter’s abundance of space.

Riding on the MQB platform, the compact sedan promises to offer better just about everything: exterior design, interior space, fuel economy, the latest tech features, and so on.

The new Jetta starts at $18,545, which makes it $100 more affordable than its predecessor. Once it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018, the new Jetta will be available in five different trim levels, namely S, to the SE, SEL, SEL Premium and R-Line, all of which have yet to be detailed.

As far as powertrains are concerned, though, there’s only one option: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 148hp and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque. Customers will probably be glad to know that VW has dropped the old six-speed automatic gearbox for an eight-speed auto, but lesser models will still be offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

If Volkswagen hasn’t convinced you yet, and you need to see the Jetta live before making a decision, then the 2018 Chicago Auto Show is the place to be. This is where the sedan marks its second public appearance, after its world premiere at NAIAS last month, and it will remain on display at Windy City until February 19.

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  • Jason Miller

    So ugly. The new Forte has this thing beat by miles…

    • Dr Strangefinger

      So true!!

  • Fictionals4

    Looks like a Chevy. What a boring car wow.

  • gor134

    So boring. Rather get a new Civic or a Mazda3

  • roy

    This one’s interior plus Elantra s exterior

  • It appears that they have tried to improve interior quality…the exterior is meh…I will hold out to see what the GLI version looks like…supposedly it will have IRS and not the cheap torsion beam of the other trim levels…

    • Shobin Drogan

      The interior looks impressive at first glance, however upon closer inspection it looks like theres a lot of hard plastics on the door panel and the dash. But the lcd gauge cluster does look impressive and so does the mood lighting. Like everyone else has already said here, the exterior is…not great.

  • eb110americana

    The proportions are a bit better than the old Jetta, but this thing screams appliance to me. It’s a freaking toaster on wheels. Speaking of wheels, why so much gap above the tire? VW used to be good at that kind of thing.

  • Bo Hanan

    At VW the ugly-dynasty excellerates.

  • Matthew Raworth

    I hate the front end. The chrome horizontal lines on the grill look pretty good, but the vertical plastic lines behind it are so obviously visible, it ruins the whole look and makes it look cheap & nasty.

  • Socarboy

    In my HMO Volkswagen needs to go back to it’s original roots as “the peoples car” The course was first deviated with the addition of the original Phaeton (a plane vanilla $100K Vee Dub) come on, what a glaring deviation of the brand’s original statement then and then the Diesel-gate scandal 3 years ago VW needs to get back to its original roots to fight Toyota

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  • Six Thousand Times

    Not exciting but VWs tend to age well.


  • Gary

    Since going mainstream, (read: chasing volume and profits) VW has become such a boring brand in terms of styling and overall presentation.

  • Nihar

    I’m sure even the upcoming Ford Focus sedan will look better than this. I thought Volkswagen would do better. Usually the Jetta predicts new designs.

  • Denzel

    They could have done better but it will age better as usual

  • Matt

    just like I like the conservative style of the gti, i think a conservative style fits the jetta. And I do like some aspects of the exterior such as the rear view of the blue model & rear 3/4 view. But holy hell I think that grill,especially in black, looks cheap. Same with the black plastics instead of paint on the window frame. I really hope the grill design doesn’t end up on the gti.

    Interior fimally gets a little more evolutionary which I like, just hope hard plastics arnt found abound in the upper trims. I could do without the lcds but I know that’s what people like and buy. I miss analog gauges & think the best would be to have an amazing head up display plus analog gauges.

  • Braddo

    Why do they insist on making it ugly? Looks cheap on the outside. . Interior is an improvement for VW

  • SgtBeavis

    VW is the new Toyota. They are just going to play it safe with all their designs. At least Toyota is trying to put some style into their cars.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I really find this Jetta immensely unattractive and 3rd-world-taxi-cab looking. Top level trim doesn’t even help. It’s disappointing because the Jetta was always the car with a bit of style. Don’t even get me started on the proportions an that rear treatment. Seriously, the Jetta should be a smaller version of the Arteon……..ok, lemme stop with my rant lol

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  • SteersUright

    They need to make a Jetta R already.

  • KidRed

    I’m typically a VW fan, but wow they ruined the Jetta with this redesign. Overall it’s quite boring and that front end is just…This looks like a small Sonata, just more vanilla and with an ugly front end.

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