The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will soon go on sale, and it’s cheaper than the outgoing model
We all know the drill when it comes to buying something new. Most of the time, we expect to shell out more money for the newest phone, newest computer, or even the newest cars. Most often, new car models come with a price hike, but that’s not the case with the incoming Jetta. In fact, the company just announced the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta pricing scheme, starting from a base price of $18,545 before destination charges. That marks the new model just a tad less expensive than the outgoing version, which started at $18,645 – $100 more.
Apart from the slight price cut, what else is new about the Jetta? The new model rides on the company’s MQB platform, which underpins the Mark 7 Golf, the new Tiguan, and the Atlas SUV. So, the Jetta will have a similar structure as a result, but one thing that isn’t changing is the powertrain. Like the previous model, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will carry over the 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In its new application, the engine is actually tuned to produce less power than before. While the 2018 Jetta’s 1.4-liter engine produces 150 horsepower, the new Jetta’s 1.4-liter unit makes 147, three less. Don’t think that means you get more torque however, as that figure remains the same as before.
However, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta does have an eight-speed transmission in its newest iteration, rather than the old six-speed automatic. A six-speed manual comes standard on the base S trim. At this point in time, it only comes mated to that 1.4-liter engine – the 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter units aren’t anywhere to be found, at least for now.
More tech than ever before
As is fashionable these days, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta pricing list does include the option for the brand’s Digital Cockpit instrument cluster. There’s also standard auto start/stop, as well as a wide array of safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and autonomous emergency braking. The 2019 Jetta includes driver personalization features, which allows you to save seat positions, Digital Cockpit presets, radio options, and more depending on the driver. Newly standard is a larger infotainment screen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and R-Line trim levels. The base level S trim level is cheaper, but…there is a but. SE models start at just over $23,000, which is $900 more than the outgoing 2018 SE model. The R-Line comes in the middle of the price pack, at about $24,000. That adds R-Line badging, some sport trim, and a dual exhaust. SEL models actually come in at $2,000 less for this upcoming model, albeit this version comes without the more powerful 1.8-liter turbocharged engine.
The 2019 Jetta goes on sale by this summer, and is backed by a six-year, 72,000-mile transferrable warranty. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for new video content featuring the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, coming very soon! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more videos on your favorite new models. If you enjoy our content, consider donating to TFL through our Patreon page!