2019 Volkswagen Jetta Spied, Review

The Jetta has always been trailing behind the Golf when it comes to available technology. This is because the car was usually always based on an older platform. However, this is going to change soon as a new version is going to be released with the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The new car hasn’t been confirmed so far but it has been spied wearing rather heavy camouflage. It seems the development process is pretty much done considering the car was seen testing was wearing its production body. Even though we can’t see all that many details through that camouflage, it is quite clear it won’t look just like another mild facelift.


New design
Improved comfort
A great choice of engines


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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Platform

The car will be based on Volkswagen’s brand new MQB modular architecture. This front wheel drive design uses more high-strength steel than before. Thanks to that it is lighter, stiffer and it features a lower center of gravity.

The first appearance in the public will probably be in Los Angeles Auto Show

Unfortunately, the car is not going to boast any lightweight materials such as aluminum or carbon fiber. Even so, it should be more than capable of losing around 100 to 150 pounds when compared to its predecessor.

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2018 Volkswagen Jetta Shown – Source: motor1.com

In fact, this is expected to happen while the car will become larger. From the spy shots, it is quite clear the new Jetta is larger than its predecessor. The wheelbase doesn’t seem to be that different but the car is definitely longer than before.

The rear overhang is much longer while the car seems wider too. These alone should allow the car to basically offer the same amount of trunk space as a Passat which would easily make it the most spacious in its class.

Release and Price

According to unofficial information, the new Jetta will appear in the showrooms at the end of the year. The first appearance in the public will probably be in Los Angeles Auto Show. Pricing information is not available, it is believed that it will not be more than $20,000 for the base version.


The drawback of those long overhangs is the fact that the car will look slightly odd. From the spy shots of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, we can see they tried to hide that rather short wheelbase quite well. For starters, the car seems to have a coupe-like roofline which was definitely not the case with its predecessor.

The rear doors also seem to be slightly longer while the trunk lid seems to be part of that sloping roofline. Considering the spy shots and VW’s past, we can safely say the new Jetta will look a lot like VW’s Chinese-only Lamando.

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Spy photo shown – Source: flipboard.com

This is also a Golf-based car but it has a more similar design to the older CC. So far it looks like this will happen with the Jetta which is not a bad thing at all.

The design cues are all there. Even the clam shell-like hood which is definitely in use on this new Jetta. The car’s interior is not going to be much different from that of the Golf. The only real difference will be the Jetta’s massive trunk.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Shown – Source: leftlanenews.com

Engine and Specs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will likely boast the same engine as the Golf with very minimal differences. Because of that, there are going to be quite a few available engines throughout the world.

A high-performance model likely called the “GLI”, is expected as well. With a 2.0 liter turbo four offering north of 220 horsepower

The European market is expected to get a 1.2-liter turbo four TSI unit with anything between 86 and up to around 110 horsepower. This should be the perfect blend between fuel efficiency and performance for city use.

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2.0 TSI Engine with 210 hp Shown – Source: vwmodels.ca

A smaller, but more powerful, 1.0-liter TSI with 115 horsepower, will likely be available on the car’s fuel efficient version.

A 5 or 6-speed manual is expected on the 1.2 TSI while the other might be available only with a 7 speed DSG. Some markets in Eastern Europe on the other hand will get an automatic as an option for the 1.2-liter engine as well as a manual for the 1.0 TSI.


Further up the range, the car is expected to receive a 1.5-liter turbo four offering up to 150 horsepower and over 170 lb-ft of torque. A 1.6 or 2.0-liter diesel will also be available across Europe.

These will offer anything between around 100 and all the way up to 190 horsepower. An automatic is likely going to be the only available transmission for these particular engines.

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1.4-liter TSI engine shown – Source: blog.caranddriver.com

A high-performance model likely called the “GLI”, is expected as well. With a 2.0 liter turbo four offering north of 220 horsepower, the Jetta will become one of the faster sedans on the market. Unfortunately, just like before, an all-wheel drive system is still not going to be available.


The new 2019 Jetta has a very strong competition, all the leading car manufacturers have their representatives in this class, and we will list only a few:

Take a look at the previous version while we wait for the 2019 Jetta

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