2019 VW Jetta Ticks Most Boxes But Is Less Engaging Than Predecessor

Volkswagen has launched the seventh-gen Jetta, focusing on cabin space, fuel economy and value for the money. For the most part, they have succeeded, says Consumer Reports.

The interior is nicely put together with great ergonomics and has a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display with smartphone integration. The front seats are mostly comfortable on long journeys and the rear is quite roomy. Visibility is good all around, so what you pay is basically what you get when it comes to Volkswagen’s new compact sedan.

The new Jetta’s suspension does a fairly good job at coping with most road bumps, thus offering a rather comfortable ride.

Even the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine does a good job at making it feel energetic. It has 147 hp (149 PS / 110 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto. The auto shifts smoothly yet tends to select a higher gear to save fuel, and this gives the driver the impression that performance is somewhat lethargic.

Another downside of owning the 2019 Jetta is that the steering is not as responsive as one might expect, especially if they drove the old model. Also, the quality of some interior plastics is not up to par – but for further details, as well as the verdict, you can check out CR’s review right below.


  • TheAmerican

    Car companies are just slowly taking away all the quantities that make people look forward to driving their car. Manual, rwd, traction control that can actually be turned off, and the feel of the cars.
    Maybe they’re making us not care if a car drives for us by making these so boring…

    • alexxx

      Car companies are just making what people are buying…so blame people

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Less engaging than the predecessor? If that’s the case, drivers will be falling asleep at the wheel.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’ve seen a handful where I live time and time again, so it must be selling fairly well.

  • Joe E

    The best descriptor I can think of for this Jetta’s styling is “inbred”

  • Adilos Nave

    This looks like the result if you gave a 7-year old a pencil and asked them to draw a car. It’s the German equivalent to a kitchen appliance. Sure, the Jetta and Passat have always been very simple in design but they had a certain bit of trendy sophistication about them. Yuppie-mobiles. But now? Lame and ultimately forgettable.

  • Bash

    What the heck is engaging means. The car was/is/will always been boring. And simply a car for a non-cars people. Period

  • Steve Cohn

    Take a test drive with one before making up your mind. I have the ’19 Jetta R-Line and found it drives far better than it’s competition. My model rides & handles better than my last BMW 3 series & gets 45 mpg at 70+ mph trips. Very high quality & drives like a much more expensive car. I drive it only in sport mode – the author is correct with too fast up shifting in drive mode.

  • KareKakk

    Anyway… that’s a car screaming for a suspension lowered down to normal ride height. Or is it the first Jetta Alltrack?

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