2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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Volkswagen Jetta highlights

Customer rating


  • Ride comfort to rival luxury vehicles
  • Plenty of storage space throughout the cabin
  • Standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity


  • Brakes feel grabby at lower speeds such as when in traffic
  • Complex steering wheel controls
  • Cabin materials feel plasticky

Mileage (EPA estimate)

30 city, 40 highway, 34 combined

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A roomy, stylish, and tech-laden compact sedan

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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What is new for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta?

  • The Jetta is available in a variety of new trims, including the R-Line and SEL Premium.
  • The GLI, SE Sport, and Wolfsburg Edition trims have been discontinued for 2019.
  • Jetta trims have been upgraded with Heated Steering Wheel, Remote Start, A/C Seat(s), Lane Departure Warning, Leather Seats, Memory Seat(s), Panoramic Sunroof, and Beats Audio System as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Seat Heaters features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta trims

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  • 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.

SEL Premium:

  • 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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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

1. The 2019 Jetta is all-new, on an all-new platform

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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.

2. Technology is plentiful, and available on all Jetta trims

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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.

3. Lots of interior room for people and things

Volkswagen Jetta Review: Backseat | CarMax

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.

4. Optional Car-Net expands connected capability

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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.

5. Great for a road trip

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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.

With a 13.2-gallon gas tank, that makes the Jetta a great road trip companion.

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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.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a great car for commuters. It has good gas mileage and tight handling. The interior looks modern and the seats are comfortable enough for long drives. The trunk space is great for groceries or running errands throughout the week.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Jetta an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Jetta 25th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Volkswagen Jetta features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Overall length






Leg room

F 41.1"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 38.5"/R 37.2"

Front tires


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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Black

  • Deep Black Pearl Metallic

  • Habanero Orange Metallic

  • Platinum Gray Metallic

  • Pure White

  • Sage Green Metallic

  • Silk Blue Metallic

  • Tornado Red

  • White Silver Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Storm Gray Cloth

  • Titan Black Cloth

  • Black V-Tex Leatherette

  • Dark Beige V-Tex Leatherette

  • Storm Gray V-Tex Leatherette

  • Titan Black and Storm Gray V-Tex Leatherette

  • Storm Gray Leather

  • Titan Black Leather

  • Titan Black and Dark Beige Leather

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