Volkswagen Jetta revealed: compact sedan pushes for mid-size taste

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For the past two weeks, Volkswagen has been teasing the all-new Jetta in sketch form. Joining the Golf and Passat on Volkswagen's MQB architecture, the new Jetta presents an iterative design, upgraded features and tech, and the choice of both automatic and manual transmissions. That's about four times the population of Detroit proper, where the 2019 Jetta was just unveiled.

The Jetta's beak has been honed to a sharper point, with available LED headlights that bookend the grille that we wouldn't consider out of place on an Audi.

The all-new Jetta gets rid of the current car's rectangular themed front fascia. It offers a longer wheelbase-105.7 inches compared to 104.4 inches-with shorter overhangs, and is longer, wider and tallerthan the outgoing model. Its hood also boasts more design details thanks to the addition of defined lines on the surface. The latest iteration of Volkswagen's bestselling USA model features a design that's only slightly more aggressive than that of its predecessor, with an angular front grille that supports Audi-esque headlights and a short front overhang that makes for a smart look.

A smaller price tag doesn't mean the 2019 Jetta lacks in innovative technology either; it includes a standard rearview camera and the extensive suite of available driver assistance features such as Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The 2019 Jetta sports new fabric colors and designs for the seats and door trim as well as optional 10-color customizable wrap-around ambient lighting. Heated and cooled front seats, power driver's seat with memory functionality, leather and dual-zone climate control are optional. Every Jetta offers standard Driver Personalization with up to four driver settings.

VW Jetta 2019 REVEALED
VW Jetta 2019 REVEALED

The latter, standard on Jetta SEL and SEL Premium trims, replaces the analog gages with a fully digital display.

Also standard with the automatic is a stop/start system, which VW says contributes to fuel economy.

The 2019 Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Automatic post-collision braking is also available.

A storage cubby in the center console has grown to 5 liters, sufficient to fit an iPad, while a 400 watt BeatsAudio system is optional. Otherwise, all other trim levels come standard with an eight-speed automatic coupled to a fuel-saving start/stop system. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration. The 2019 Jetta will arrive at US dealers in the second quarter of 2018.

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