2019 Volkswagen Jetta

By Frank S. Washington | 4/25/2018, 11:45 a.m.
Volkswagen has never gotten enough credit for the interior of its vehicles, especially the fit and finish. And now they’ve ...

Volkswagen has never gotten enough credit for the interior of its vehicles, especially the fit and finish. And now they’ve done it again with the 2019 Jetta sedan.

Upper trim levels of the new Jetta had an all-digital instrument layout that was attractive, functional and striking. At least that was the way I felt about it when I first climbed into the sedan. What’s more, Jetta interiors with analogue instruments were just as impressive.

They reworked the interior so that the instrument cluster was at eye level. The center dash was now angled toward the driver and that added to an upscale feel.

When I got into the car the instruments were right there, I did not have to look beyond the steering wheel. What’s more, the digital dash was configurable. We used the navigation system to get to the lunch spot, the digital odometer and speedometer disappeared and an arrow telling us how far the next turn was and of course which way to turn took their place.

The 2019 Jetta was equipped with start stop, it was really quiet and the four-cylinder engine sounded really good when the car was under hard acceleration. My driving partner and I had an SEL Premium and that meant a leather interior. I found it soft, almost pliable. The dash was soft to the touch, the fit and finish was as good as I‘ve seen on any vehicle. Other Jetta trim lines have leatherette or cloth interiors.

The car also had adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera which is now mandatory for all vehicles. We went over some railroad tracks faster than recommended and the wheel articulation was great. The front suspension was a strut type with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic damper and anti-roll bar. While for the rear suspension, the 2019 Jetta had a torsion beam, coil springs and telescopic dampers.

The car also had blind side alert. On the road this car felt light but sturdy, weighing about 3,000 lbs.

This is the seventh generation of the Jetta which has been on sale in this market since 1978. In that time, 3 million have been sold here and 17.5 million globally.

The Jetta uses Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix platform or MQB. It is a flexible chassis. The sub compact Golf sits on it as does the three row Atlas crossover. Volkswagen sale were five percent higher because of its updated and new utility vehicles. Now the automaker wants to get a sales boost from its sedans. VW’s overall sales were up almost 2 percent in a down market.

The Jetta has a six-year 72,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty that can be transferred. The car had been completely re-engineered. It was wider, longer, and taller with a much longer wheelbase. That translated into more interior space.

I checked out the rear seats in my Jetta test car and found lots of headroom. There was plenty of hip room but that was with two people. Because of the tall tunnel sitting on the hump is almost impossible. Though it is rated as a five-passenger sedan, this car can carry four people in real comfort.