While America is in the bosom of Crossover Fever, there are still abounding buyers who adopt the lower attitude and slinkier contour of sedans. And in the bunched segment, there are some actual acceptable ones on offer. The Volkswagen Jetta has been in the mix for decades, but in its attack to acquisition added boilerplate US appeal, the aftereffect as of backward has felt, well, uninspired.
Thankfully, the 2019 archetypal is bluff in every way. It’s prettier, bigger equipped, nicer to drive and (accounting for inflation) beneath expensive. This new VW isn’t aloof a bigger Jetta, it’s a bigger car than best of its bunched competitors.
The 2019 Jetta rectifies the bearding architecture of its antecedent by abacus better-defined appearance curve forth the side, a little added creasing in the hood, a angled rear roofline and LED taillights that arise added Audi than Volkswagen. In fact, LED headlights are accepted beyond the calendar — a nice touch, because halogens are about still par for the advance at this amount point.
The autogenous stays abiding in German minimalism, application a low dashboard and a focus on a few best accumbent lines. However, there’s a bit added appearance about the driver’s side, area the new infotainment arrangement blends into the barometer cluster. It’s best absorbing on college trims, which not alone backpack a beyond infotainment awning but additionally Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which replaces the barometer array with a 10-inch configurable display.
This new Jetta lacks the absolute wackiness of the Honda Civic both central and out, but to my eyes, it additionally looks bigger than the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza. The Jetta’s autogenous affection is advanced of all those competitors, too. My alone complaint about the autogenous is that the driver’s bench doesn’t go as low as I’d like it to. That’s it.
A little birr of appearance never hurts.
Now congenital on Volkswagen’s do-it-all MQB belvedere — which underpins the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, (European) Passat, Tiguan and about 20 models we don’t get in the US — the Jetta doesn’t booty abundant active to accomplish a absolute impression.
It’s not as Euro-grade annealed as the Golf, which is advised with a agglomeration of markets in mind. The Jetta’s abeyance affability errs on soft, and added plushness arrives by way of blubbery all-season tires, which blanket about accepted 16- or 17-inch admixture auto on all trims. Alike back the anchorage get rough, the Jetta never brings that acerbity central — hell, complete almost permeates the affably hushed interior.
Under the awning is a 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 that puts out 147 application and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Jetta isn’t activity to win any races, but this agent provides added than abundant torque for active and casual in the burghal or on the highway. The new eight-speed automated operates smoothly, save for the casual bulky downshift to aboriginal back dispatch on the gas beneath about 5 mph. A six-speed chiral is available, but alone on the abject S trim.
The EPA ante all 2019 Jetta trims — S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium — at 30 mpg burghal and 40 mpg highway. With a admixture of active beyond all three modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) on all address of anchorage and assuming little attention for ammunition economy, I see about 37 mpg in my SEL Premium tester, which is bigger than the EPA’s accumulated appraisement of 34.
Speaking of modes, Jetta owners get three, accessing them through the infotainment screen. Eco does a abundant job of analgesic the throttle, while Sport sharpens it up appropriately well. I adopt Normal, as it’s active abundant to move afterwards actuality a damage to ammunition economy.
Sure, there’s still a agglomeration of adamantine plastic, but acquisition me a car in this articulation that doesn’t acquire some.
These active modes additionally affix to added systems, like adaptive cruise ascendancy and alike the autogenous ambient lighting. All of that, additional settings like radio favorites, connects to alone key fobs, so you and your cogent added can hop into the car and it’ll bethink anniversary person’s specific settings based alone on the key in the driver’s pocket. It’s all actual clever.
On the infotainment front, all trims except the top two backpack a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, with the adherent models agitation an 8-incher. Both are ablaze and accessible to admission with basal glances, although I animosity how the gloss-black aeronautics buttons on either ancillary of the awning aces up feel grease and appearance it off like a brand of pride.
If you acquire a trim that comes with the 8-inch screen, you additionally get Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which is accomplished for alienated the infotainment altogether. All the being you charge is appropriate beneath your band of sight, and it has a beheld wow-factor that impresses aloof about anybody who gets in your car. Aloof like the accepted screen, it doesn’t booty continued to get adequate with VDC.
Volkswagen’s new Jetta plays appropriate to the affection of the US market. The 2019 Jetta is alive but not so alive that it’s Niles Crane-tier boring. It drives nicely, and it’s loaded with accepted accessories and tech that American buyers are after. If your antibodies are still fending off Crossover Fever, this bunched auto is account blockage out.
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