Car Review: Volkswagen Jetta 2019


Good? Yes, the 2019 Jetta is a good four-door sedan. It falls shy of great.  The 2019 Jetta has most of the goods, but not all of the things that have make VWs excellent choices in the past. It’s the iPhone SE of the lineup. This year’s Jetta shares little but its name with the 2018 model. Beneath its crisp, conservative sheet metal lies a sophisticated platform with an asterisk. While the Golf and other VW vehicles that ride on the same architecture use a modern multi-link rear suspension, the Jetta uses a simple torsion-beam instead. Likewise, the Jetta’s 1.4-liter turbo-4, rated at a modest 147 horsepower and paired to either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, is the least-powerful engine you’ll find in the VW lineup.