2019 VW Jetta Is A Soft-Edged, Roomy Family Car That Deserves Your Attention

VW never really broke any rules with the Jetta; they just keep improving it, using the same pragmatic methodology.

The seventh generation VW Jetta is a compact four-door sedan with a very spacious interior and a rather clear focus on offering a comfortable and relaxing drive, as KBB finds out in their latest review.

For cruising on the freeway and for everyday commute, the 2019 VW Jetta is an excellent choice according to the review, also aided by its great fuel economy. Offering 30mpg city and 40mpg on the highway is one of the benefits of having a small turbocharged engine sitting under the bonnet.

The 1.4-liter TSI unit produces 147hp and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of peak torque and can be paired either to a six-speed manual or a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. All new 2019 VW Jettas come with a six-year transferable warranty.

The dashboard is logically laid out and has an easy-to-use infotainment system that offers all the connectivity options you could ask for. The standard system gets a 6.5-inch display, with more expensive models getting a bigger eight-inch display.

The new Jetta might not be the most thrilling drive but apparently excels in all the usual daily duties of a commuter. If you’re after a more engaging drive, then you should probably wait for the upcoming Jetta GLI.


  • Joe E

    Saw my first new Jetta on the road yesterday evening. Looks awful from the rear view — strangely, awkwardly shaped and just cheap looking overall. Like a third-world vehicle. So sad what has become of the Jetta nameplate.

  • Ok, so this car is larger externally in every dimension, yet the interior and trunk space has been reduced. How the heck did VW achieve that?

  • Earl Scheib

    This car is about as exciting as aluminium dental fillings. Just let it die…

  • :/ Yurr

    It looks good from the Inside…haha, they could’ve done a lot better on the exterior.

  • john1168

    Is this the most boring looking car made today? My vote is YES!

  • dumblikeyou2

    VW has plans on dominating the rental car agencies with this one. There’s no other explanation for the embarrassing design.

  • Steve Cohn

    I bought the new Jetta R-Line in May. The PROs:
    Very satisfied with the ride & handling tradeoff, better than an earlier BMW 3 series I had. It’s not a GTI but is fun to drive around fast sweepers. The R-Line does have the electronic differential that mostly eliminates understeer.
    I find the steering to be very communicative with a quality feel.
    Fit & finish is excelent; build quality is similar to Audi, and yes the sunglass holder does work fine.
    For mileage I get 35 mpg around town & 43 on the highway on regular gas.

    CONs: I keep the automatic trans in sport mode, Normal mode seems to keep the engine revs lower than I like. It is fun to shift manually, the trans shifts gears very fast.
    Like many autos in the low $20K price range, road / tire noise could be lower with more insulation added. Not a problem with smooth roads.
    Overall I’m pleased with the car, drives like a more expensive car than others in its class.

  • SPB90

    any word on a release date for the GLI version?

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