2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Full Details On U.S. Pricing And Equipment Levels

With a starting price of $18,545, VW’s all-new 2019 Jetta is $100 cheaper to purchase in base form than the outgoing model, and is expected to arrive at dealerships nationwide in Q2 of 2018.

The new Jetta will utilize the German automaker’s 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine, putting down 147 HP and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque, with the help of either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.

Highlights include Driver Personalization, digital cockpit system, ambient lighting, driver assistance systems, the class exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking system and a transferable warranty that provides coverage for six years or 72,000 miles (115,872 km).

VW will offer the car in S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium grades, and we’re going to run through each of them:

Jetta S

The entry-level model is priced from $18,545 and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, as well as 16-inch ‘Rama’ alloys, LED headlights (with LED DRLs) and taillights, chrome grille, multi-function steering wheel, rearview camera, automatic headlights, electric parking brake, cloth seats and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen infotainment system.

Those who’d rather get the automatic version will have to spend upwards of $19,345, while a Driver’s Assistance Package can be added for an extra $450, bringing with it Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and heated side mirrors.

Jetta SE

The SE grade builds on the S and starts from $22,155. It features the 8-speed auto gearbox as standard, to go with 16-inch two-tone ‘Rama Black’ alloys, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, keyless access and push-button start and heated front seats. Meanwhile, standard driver assist features include Front Assist and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

A Cold Weather pack will be available mid-model year for $495, adding a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, heated windshield wiper park and washer nozzles and remote start.

Jetta R-Line

For $22,995, the R-Line trim brings with it 17-inch dark grey ‘Trenton’ alloys, a gloss-black front grille, R-Line rear bumper with dual exhaust, fog lights, black mirror caps, R-Line badging inside and out, black roof liner, R-Line steering wheel with contrast stitching, two-tone black and grey seating surfaces with two-tone stitching and the XDS electronic differential.

Jetta SEL

Like the R-Line, the SEL grade also builds on the SE, and is priced at a more considerable $24,415. For your money, you get LED projector headlights with signature LED DRLs, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Drive Mode Selection, 10-color customizable wrap-around ambient lighting, 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, connected vehicle services, 400-Watt BeatsAudio system and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Standard driver assist features include Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Control and active Lane Keeping System.

Jetta SEL Premium

The flagship SEL Premium trim starts at $26,945 and offers 17-inch two-tone ‘Tornado Metallic’ alloys, R-Line rear bumper, fog lights, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, sport comfort seats, leather seats, ventilated front seats, power driver’s seat with memory function and power lumbar, the 8-inch infotainment system and the Cold Weather Package – to be added as standard mid-model year.


Destination fee on all models is $850.


Driver Assistance Package. Available on S trims. Includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and heated side mirrors for $450.

Cold Weather Package. Available mid-model year on SE, R-Line and SEL trims. Includes heated steering wheel; heated rear seats; heated windshield wiper park and washer nozzles; and remote start for $495.

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  • James Mcfaden

    Looks pretty meh!…VW went conservative on this…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Never fully understand why VW makes the Jetta boring. It is not bad to drive and the interior bits are downright premium but the look is so uninspiring.

  • BlackPegasus

    Strangely, they managed to make the Jetta’s interior look more premium than the flagship Arteon 🙄

  • TrevP

    I think this is a great little car for the money. Nice warranty as well.

  • TheBelltower

    The overall exterior looks a little dumpy. But the lighting and interior are pretty sharp.

  • Raf

    interior looks premium, exterior leaves something to be desired.

    • Grumpy

      “looks” In reality, VW interiors are littered with hard plastics, and tacky trim.

      • Sébastien

        …for the US market

  • FoxJ30

    Is it me, or do you get quite a bit for $22-23k in the SE and R-Line? If you’re ok with a boring looking (though not ugly) car, you’d have a pretty comfortable commuter/highway cruiser for not much money. On the surface, an A3 FWD might look nicer on the outside, but is that and 39hp worth an extra $10k? That’s not taking into account that I think the Jetta’s interior looks nicer, and is likely to be noticeably bigger.

    Reliability is probably a shame though.

  • Leconte Dave

    Ugly, Boring and maybe Unreliable

    • diesel_vdub

      I don’t get the unreliable comments regarding VWs. 15years of owning two different Jetta’s, and over the same time a friend owning two Passats and a Toureag and never had an issue that would cause me to call them unreliable. Maybe we’ve been lucky, but VWs reliability is no where near as bad as the haters want you to believe it is.

      • Leconte Dave

        My wife drives ones, that’s why. Vw are not like they used to that’s for sure

  • diesel_vdub

    After seeing the standard features and pricing… this just might get me back in a VW. I know it will never happen in the US, but I’d really like to have one with a TDI and a 6 speed manual.

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