Volkswagen has taken the cover off its new Volkswagen Jetta 2019, which has finally switched to the same modular MQB platform that underpins the Golf and other Volkswagen models.

The new platform provides a longer wheelbase and wider track, which opens up the Jetta’s cabin to provide more space for passengers and cargo. Additionally, the Jetta’s new sloping roofline is actually taller than that of the outgoing model to give rear-seat passengers adult-level headroom.

Under its hood beats the much revered 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the previous Jetta, which produces a healthy 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen claims its output is the “highest in the compact sedan class.”

Sending power to the front wheels will be a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. The manual is only available on the base model, while the automatic will be standard for all other trims, at least in the United States. (Volkswagen Canada has not yet confirmed model specs for here yet.)

Further enhancing efficiency is a standard start/stop system for automatic models. Volkswagen did not specify fuel economy figures for the new Jetta.


Inside, the Jetta offers a complement of features one would expect from nearly any modern car: infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ambient lighting, optional leather seating, optional heated/ventilated front seats, and Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit display on SEL and SEL Premium models.

Digital Cockpit is a configurable instrument panel display that allows each driver to customize the information they prefer to see when driving. For audio, Volkswagen has ditched its deal with Fender and will now feature an available 400-watt BeatsAudio system.

Keeping you safe is a full suite of features to keep you on the straight and narrow, including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control that works in stop-and-go traffic, and Lane Departure Warning.

Pricing for Canada has not yet been announced for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, but expect it to ever so slightly undercut the 2018 model, which currently has an entry price of $16,395 before fees and taxes.