The Volkswagen Jetta has changed a lot since it was first introduced way back in big-hair, boom-box, break-dancing days of the 1980s.
It’s really grown up a lot. But, with each new generation of Jetta, some things have always stayed the same.
Since day one, it’s always been about the style, the capability and the fun. That’s never changed.
And, probably because of that, the Jetta has always been one of Volkswagen’s bestselling cars. Drivers have always just loved getting behind the wheel.
With the launch of the All-New 2019 Jetta, Volkswagen is turning that excitement up to 11. The Jetta will be the biggest launch from the brand this year, and we think there’s plenty to be excited about. With a bold, new redesign and enhanced performance, the 2019 Jetta is engineered to make a long-standing Volkswagen favourite your new favourite ride. It’s powered by a 1.4 TSI engine that delivers a spirited yet fuel-efficient performance in your choice of six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic
with Tiptronic for lightning-fast shifting.
A refined interior boasts boundless amenities, along with sophisticated technology—including Electronic Stability Control, App-Connect smartphone integration and touchscreen radio with proximity sensor.
In many trim versions of the new-generation Jetta, safety features include (either as options or standard) assistance systems such as Lane Keeping Assistant and Blind Spot Detection.
With all those safety systems working hard, you can concentrate on enjoying the ride—and the advanced infotainment system that features an available 400-watt Beats Premium Audio sound system.
All of that technology is housed in a sleek, seductive exterior that announces your arrival with style and panache.
Outside, the car’s design is more refined than ever. With its coupé-like styling, the body is more reminiscent of a sporty ride such as the new Arteon than a conventional sedan. But it’s never style over substance—that new look is also exceptionally aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.27. That’s an improvement of around 10 percent, which means more efficiency and a positive effect on fuel economy. Meanwhile, the gas engine is as efficient as it is torque-strong: a 1.4 TSI that produces 147 hp of power and 184 lb/ft of torque.
So, what’s new for 2019? Let’s run down some of the highlights.
People will definitely see you coming (and going) with the Jetta’s new standard LED headlights and tail lights. Brighter, bolder and much more energy efficient, LED headlights with daytime running lights and LED tail lights give the 2019 Jetta and its driver the high visibility they deserve—from the front and rear.
The available Rail 2 Rail sunroof opens up a world (and sky) of possibilities. The boldly redesigned 2019 Jetta is sure to have all eyes on your ride. And with the Rail 2 Rail sunroof, it’s all eyes on the sky, with sweeping vistas that span almost the entire overhead expanse. At night, it’s like having your own observatory on wheels.
As they say, your car is your studio. That’s definitely true with the available Beats Premium Audio. Bring the audio technology that inspired a headphone-listening renaissance right into your ride, with speakers by BeatsAudio. They were engineered by audiophiles and perfected by a music icon, with bass-heavy beats guaranteed to put the bump in your trunk.
If you’re a Star Wars fan (or even a Trekkie, we’re not here to judge) the available Digital Cockpit puts you in the Captain’s chair. It stores up to three driver profiles plus one for a guest, welcoming you by name and reset ting to your preferences for mirrors, climate control and radio station at the touch of a button.
Plus, it offers instant access to essential information, like range to your next fill-up, driver assistance settings and more. Or, if you’re a data junkie who has to know what’s going on at all times, there are available infotainment driving mode screens.
Available Discover Media infotainment system puts satellite navigation, along with your choice of available driving mode selection—Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual—all at your fingertips, with touchscreen activation so the controls are all within reach and familiar.
Enjoy the ride with optional radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control. The system immediately detects if traffic is slowing ahead and automatically reduces speed to match. And, if another vehicle cuts in front of you, it slows your car down—if necessary, it even brakes, too. It’s like magic. (Well, it’s like magic, but it’s actually some pretty cool technology.) With available vented cooling and memory seats, you’ll always remember to keep cool.
(See what we did there…?) Staying cool is no sweat. When it comes to avoiding a sweaty back, the Jetta has you ventilated. When Mother Nature turns up the thermostat, the cooling seats will help you avoid any sticky situation. Plus, with available memory seats, finding your driver’s groove again is just one button away.
We could really go on (and on), but we’ll wrap things up with a must-have—Standard smartphone App-Connect. Hit the road with your own co-pilot, DJ and personal assistant all rolled into one. App-Connect lets you enjoy all the perks of your smartphone in the dash, and control things hands-free with your voice—your wish is our command.
The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the one you’ve been waiting for. Available in three trim lines, it’s the natural next step in the evolution of one of Canada’s favourite vehicles. Plus… it’s just one fun, sweet ride!
» We took it through a nasty little track designed with sharp turns on reverse cambers to expose any potential fuel starvation problems. Its stiff chassis, beefy brakes and tight steering enabled it to manoeuvre like a champ. «
Doug Firby, The Globe and Mail
» With the compact car segment having heated up immensely within the past few years with very competitive products, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s more assured driving dynamics, less boring styling, and obsessive attention to detail should make it easy for this car to rack up plenty of sales. «
Chidi Ohiaeri, AutoGuide.com
» On this closed-course oval track, I was able to get the Jetta up to 210 km/h, and it didn’t appear to have much strain on the car. Initial power delivery was instant thanks to its class-leading torque. Once you hit over 100 km/h, it could be pushed even more without hardly any turbo lag. At high speeds, the Jetta stayed balanced and relaxed throughout, as if it was a routine Sunday drive. «
David Miller, The Car Guide/Motoring TV
JETTA THROUGH THE YEARS…and what else was big
Jetta Mark 1
1980 – 1984
2.3 MILLION SOLD
Launched as a sedan version of the popular Rabbit (available in two- and four-door options), it quickly became the best selling European car in North America.
What else was big in early 1980s? Big hair, boom boxes, break dancing, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Care Bears, mullets, Vans & the “Where’s the beef” lady.
Jetta Mark 2
1984 – 1992
2.7 MILLION SOLD
With seating for five, a spacious trunk and an upscale feel, it outsold Golf 2-to-1 in North America.
What else was big in early ’90s? Beanie Babies, fanny packs, grunge, Pogs, Polly Pockets, raves, Reebok Pumps, slap bracelets & Thighmasters.
Jetta Mark 3
1993 – 1998
1.2 MILLION SOLD
Larger, more refined and only available in a four-door version. It also became more aerodynamic.
What else was big in the late ’90s? The George Foreman Grill, The Macarena, Tickle Me Elmo, Furbies, Tamagotchi, Giga Pets, sagging pants and The Spice Girls.
Jetta Mark 4
1999 – 2005
4.6 MILLION SOLD
Premium options like climate control and rain-sensing wipers added. The “Whiptenna” (a roof-mounted low-drag antenna), a gas turbo engine and the VR6 are introduced.
What else was big at the turn of the millennium? The Budweiser Wassup frogs, Napster, The Hampsterdance Song, flash mobs, freedom fries, Eminem, Razor scooters, The Segway PT, Auto-Tune & iPods.
Jetta Mark 5
2005 – 2010
3.0 MILLION SOLD
The first Jetta with a DSG transmission option and only the second Volkswagen model to debut at a US auto show.
What else was big in the mid-to-late ’00s? High School Musical, hipsters, Happy Bunny, silent discos, Crocs, grills, Livestrong Wristbands & MySpace.
Jetta Mark 6
2011 – 2017
3.5 MILLION SOLD
Marks the first time the Jetta was truly is own model. No more shared body panels and other aspects of the Golf—plus, it boasted a bigger trunk and unique interior features.
What else was big in the ’10s? Angry Birds, planking, dab, Doge memes, Fidget Spinners. Gangnam Style, Ice Bucket Challenge, selfie sticks, Duck Dynasty, Grumpy Cat, Rainbow Looms & YOLO.