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.