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2019 Volkswagen Jetta

$18,545 — $26,945 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
34 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Fred Meier gets behind the wheel of redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Watch the video for more.

by Fred Meier -

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.

Related: 2019 VW Jetta Offers More Features for Less Money

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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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
63 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

Transmission and trunk problems, cheap audio

by Sorry from Minneapolis MN on November 12, 2018

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

(5.0)

Gas Saver

by Applesauce from Spanish Fork on November 11, 2018

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

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 72,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Jetta received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker