When many Americans think Volkswagen, they think Jetta, the German brand’s smallest and least expensive sedan. Since 1980, Americans have bought over 3.2 million Jettas, and VW has sold over 17.5 million units all over the world. The all-new 2019 Jetta is the seventh generation of the popular sedan, and it’s the latest in Volkswagen’s recent onslaught of new products aimed at American families. Built on the company’s versatile new MQB platform that also underpins the new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs, the 2019 Jetta is larger, safer, more comfortable, and more efficient than its predecessor. It’s also more fun to drive. According to Daniel Shapiro, the new Jetta’s product manager, the entire vehicle has been rethought and re-engineered.
The total overhaul is sure to make the Jetta more competitive in the crowded compact sedan segment against the Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, Kia Forte, and our favorites, the Honda Civic and Mazda3.