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If you're shopping for a compact sedan, chances are that you're looking to find a roomy, stylish car with lots of technology features. The Jetta has been squarely focused on the task of daily driving since 1979. With the start of its seventh generation (2019 to present), the Jetta has been redesigned for those who value versatility, a roomy cabin, and a nice ride. The 2019 Jetta also includes a full array of convenience and driver assistance features. All of that is coupled with a timeless design that promises to stay fresh as the years — and the miles — roll by.
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The Jetta has been selling in the U.S. for seven generations — around 40 years — and has been VW's top seller for many of those years. But change is good and this year's version is all-new— built on automaker's MQB platform architecture. This gives the Jetta a longer wheelbase, which makes for a more enjoyable driving experience.
The base model VW Jetta S comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The Jetta S and SE trims get driver assistance technology features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Brake Assist (EBA). Inside, there's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Also standard on lower trims is a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment center. Higher-level trims get even more cool tech, like a digital display cluster and a larger touchscreen.
The sixth-generation VW Jetta (2011–2018) already offered a large interior for a compact sedan and the 2019 model is even bigger. The 2019 VW Jetta boasts 38.5 inches of headroom, and 55.9 inches of shoulder room, compared to 38.2 inches and 55.2 inches in the 2017 model. Cargo room in the 2019 VW Jetta measures 14.1 cubic feet.
Car-Net is VW's connected-car technology, designed to provide owners varying levels of integration with personal devices, services, and access. For example, all 2019 Jettas get App-Connect – which controls services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2019 Jetta SEL and SEL Premium models are equipped with Car-Net Security & Service. For an additional monthly fee, this includes features such as Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, and Roadside Assistance.
The 2019 VW Jetta is not a hybrid, but it's far from a gas-guzzler. The turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 40 highway, 30 city, and 34 combined mpg.
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Most years, the Honda Civic is at or near the top of the best-seller list for compact cars. The reason? For around 50 years, the Civic has been a sporty and practical option for just about anyone in the compact sedan market. Recently redesigned for the 2016 and 2017 model years, it's also more stylish than ever. The Civic comes in a plethora of choices. For example, the 2019 model has four vehicle types, six trim configurations and two engines: A 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 158 hp, or a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 174 hp. Regardless of the model year, just about any Civic offers fun and style - from the coupe to the sedan, or the Civic Si.
Say the words “compact car" and you will probably picture a Toyota Corolla. That's how long this practical econobox has been motoring around the streets of America. And while it may not provide a racecar-like experience, it carries with it a reputation that our customers have enjoyed for years. The base 2019 Corolla L trim gets an EPA-estimated 28 city, 36 highway, and 32 combined mpg with an 1.8L engine.
If you're looking for something practical and fun, try a hatchback. The VW Golf may be the perfect choice. Built on the same MQB platform as the 2019 Jetta, the Golf was most recently redesigned in 2015. Just know that if you test drive a 2019 Golf you might be smitten by its 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine — a powerplant that puts out 170 hp and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. No matter which model year you choose,though, you can count on a fun driving experience, combined with the versatility of a hatchback design.
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RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Jetta an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Volkswagen Jetta 24th out of 44 among Compact Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Volkswagen Jetta
The base model features include a six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a six-way manually adjustable driver seat, 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, a USB port, Bluetooth®, and a four-speaker sound system.
The Jetta SE adds an eight-speed automatic transmission, panoramic sunroof, leather-like upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium color multifunction display, and keyless access with push-button start.
Additional standard features include VW's XDS® Cross Differential System, 17-inch alloy wheels, R-Line badging, black grille accents, and side mirrors.
16-inch black alloy wheels are standard on the Jetta SEL, along with rain-sensing windshield wipers, driving mode selector, and adaptive cruise control. Inside, standard equipment includes 10-color-adjustable ambient lighting, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio® sound system, eight-inch infotainment display, and a digital gauge cluster called Digital Cockpit. There's also a second USB port.
Jetta SEL Premium buyers get 17-inch metallic alloy wheels, a rear sport valance, leather interior, six-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory, adjustable lumbar support, and heated/ventilated front seats
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