By Veeno Dewan
Volkswagen fans rejoice, for there is a brand-new, seventh generation 2019 Jetta in the showrooms. The venerable sedan has a new makeover with a new coupe-like profile, grille and LED lights. It also bigger in every dimension, being built on the new VW Atlas platform, offering a little more interior room. Wonderfully important is the fact, the Jetta now offers a more premium look and feel, plus more content for the same price range. Also new is an auto start/stop system to conserve fuel.
Volkswagen offers the Jetta in Comfortline, Highline trims, (With the sporty R-Line package option), and the top Execline model we as tested. A 1.4Turbo gasoline engine with 147 hp equipped our tester. There is either an as standard six-speed transmission. An eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic is a $1,400 option as supplied. Pricing starts at $20,995 for the manual Comfortline and tops out with the Execline at $27,695 and $29,095 for the manual and automatic versions, respectively. There are upper range soft-touch materials and better fit and finish. Interior delights on the Execline as offered, include: six-way adjustable leather faces ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, sliced metalbrush interior trim, and the Cross Differential System (XDS). Infotainment include the afire mentioned Volkswagen Digital cockpit instrument cluster, BeatsAudio Premium Audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer. The 2019 Jetta increases the technology with VW’s impressive new Android Auto and Apple CarPlay new enhanced “MIB 2” infotainment system. There is plenty room to stretch out in the Jetta. I like the backseat too, with it spacious back seat and its 60/40 split-folding capability that increase the Jetta’s trunk capacity. There is also a flip-down centre pass-through that allows for long objects to pass through rear cabin.
To sum up, the 2019 Jetta has been improved in all areas and is to be highly recommended. When only a Volkswagen will do.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta Execline: Base priced from – $29,095 plus options, freight and PDI plus Final price $31,745.