The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta shows that the automaker is committed to making its entry-level sedan a more viable alternative to mainstream rivals such as theChevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla.
The new Jetta, unveiled Sunday at an off-site event ahead of the Detroit auto show, is now based on VW’s MQB platform, which forms the basis for everything from the Golf hatchback and Passat sedan to the Tiguan and Atlas SUVs. Here, it translates to a 1.3-inch-longer wheelbase in the 2019 Jetta, freeing up precious legroom for passengers.
Inside the new Jetta, VW has made an effort to improve the materials and give the cockpit a more premium feel. We’d noted the “lackluster” cabin finish in the previous Jetta, something we’ll be paying attention to in the new model. Optional cabin features include heated and cooled front seats, leather seating, and dual-zone climate control.
To help woo tech-savvy car buyers, the 2019 Jetta comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink compatibility. (All three app-driven features enable a connected smartphone to operate via the infotainment screen.) A 400-watt Beats Audio system is also optional for the audiophiles among us.
Advanced safety features—including automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and blind-spot warning—are available as options. We believe that AEB and FCW should come standard on all trims. Also available are rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.
Look for the 2019 Jetta to go on sale this spring.