Volkswagen has introduced an all-new Jetta compact sedan, stocking it with more standard equipment and holding the line on pricing, at least in the US.
“The Jetta has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle in the United States,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of VW’s North American Region. “We expect this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale.”
The all-new 2019 Jetta is now built on the MQB platform, Volkswagen’s modular front-engine, front-wheel drive (or all-wheel) architecture that is also used for the Golf, Passat and Tiguan, and Audi A3 and TT, among 24 models. That means it’s bigger all around, with the wheels pushed out farther to the corners, which means more interior space.
Power comes from a 147-hp 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, to start, though we wouldn’t be surprised if the 2.0-litre turbo “four” also comes on board at a later date, and is controlled by a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic.
The new Jetta has a bold new face with LED lighting, a sleek coupe-like profile with sloping roofline that doesn’t impact rear-seat headroom, and a driver-focussed, modern design interior with dual zone climate control, optional 10-colour ambient lighting, available heated and cooled seats, 400-watt sound system and premium materials.
Available driving aids include blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, among others.