2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Cars.com's Fred Meier gets behind the wheel of redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Watch the video for more.
It's an SUV world now, even for traditionally car-centric Volkswagen. Its best-sellers so far this year are the new Tiguan (Car.com's 2017 Compact SUV Challenge winner) and Atlas mid-size SUV (Cars.com's Best of 2018). But compact cars still are a big part of the U.S. vehicle market and the much-improved 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedan shows VW is serious about a bagging a bigger share.
At a Volkswagen media preview, I drove the 2019 Jetta in town, on freeways and on rural highways around Durham, N.C., and found it now stacks up much better against rival compact leaders such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. (Per company policy, Cars.com pays for its airfare and lodging at such automaker-hosted events.) The previous generation held its own for driving manners, but the 2019 now also gets up to speed with features, tech and comfort, as well as — key for this group — value.
We're talking about the Volkswagen Jetta in the context of mainstream compact cars designed and priced for broad appeal (from singles to family buyers to Uber drivers). Volkswagen is hoping for sales in six figures per year, and that means compromises. If you want more grins, Volkswagen will happily sell you a sportier Golf GTI hatchback, a darling of torque-loving enthusiasts, just as Honda will sell you a sweet manual-shift-only Civic Si, but these are niche products in the U.S.
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Transmission and trunk problems, cheap audio
I have owned the car for a month and it?s currently at the dealership for a leaky transmission that is a known issue. The transmission has to be removed for the repair. When I was there I learned of ... Read full review
I love the turbo and the 45mpg. The car is light weight, looks classy. The interior is ok. I love the apple car play. The mpg is the best though. Read full review
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has not been tested.
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