What You Need to Know About the New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Some cars stand the test of time, becoming their manufacturers’ iconic models. Examples include the Corolla at Toyota, the 911 at Porsche and, let’s not forget the Jetta for Volkswagen. Since its launch in 1978, some 600,000 Jettas have been sold in Canada. Seven generations later, let’s take a closer look.
The MQB platform: Now and Forever If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The manufacturer’s MQB platform is tried and true, providing the basis for the Golf, Tiguan, Atlas and now, the new-generation Jetta. The MQB—for Modulare Querbaukasten—platform is a modular transverse architecture, meaning that it can be adapted and used on different models to reduce production costs.
What Changes have been Made to the Design? The body has been completely redesigned this year to include a much wider front grille and more stylized headlights. Note that the car also features much sportier contours. Inside, the designers were conservative—no one should feel lost in this cabin—and preserved that traditional VW look. There’s less legroom for the passengers in the back and the trunk is 10% smaller than in the old version. Still, the Jetta remains one of the roomiest compact sedans.
Familiar Engines Under the Hood As for the engine, the 2019 Jetta is unchanged, meaning the 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo is back, now producing 147 horsepower. Torque remains at 184 lb.-ft., peaking between 1500 and 3500 rpm. It can now be paired with a new six-speed manual gearbox or a new eight-speed automatic. GLI fans will have to be patient: this version is earmarked for re-release later this year, but no performance details have been divulged as yet. It’s safe to assume, however, that this version will receive the Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder developing 220 horsepower.
The very latest generation Volkswagen Jetta doesn’t boast revolutionary technology or breathtaking fuel consumption numbers, but its ride is a cut above thanks to a more dynamic suspension and a more rigid chassis. The basic version will arrive in dealerships in the coming weeks at a starting price of $20,995, not including transport and preparation.