2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

This upcoming model year is a big one for the VW lineup. One of the reasons for this? A complete redesign for one of the most popular and practical models. That’s right, the Jetta is all-new, but that naturally leads to comparisons against the outgoing model year. So what are the key differences between the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta?

There’s just one similarity to not, really. The 2018 and 2019 model year both have the 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine under the hood. The outgoing model year has additional 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter engine options depending on the trim level selected, but the 2019 model year has just the one option across all five trims.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Volkswagen Jetta

Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available
6-speed manual/8-speed automatic Transmission Options 5-speed manual/6-speed automatic
MQB Architecture PQ35
30 city/40 hwy Fuel Economy 28 city/38 hwy

New look, fresh options

Looking at the 2019 and 2018 Volkswagen Jetta side-by-side, it’s obvious that the upcoming redesign is, well, redesigned. The chrome grille now has four bars to make more of a statement, the headlights have a distinct C shape and the hood is no longer smooth, but has chiseled lines that draw the eyes up to the windshield or down to the grille.

Though the 1.4-liter turbo four is rated at 147 horsepower instead of 150 for the 2019 model year, the new transmission options make the model more efficient than ever. It might only be a slight boost, but the EPA estimated 30 city and 40 highway mpg rating does prove to provide nice, round figures. Plus the transmissions are smoother and quieter.

We know architecture isn’t an obvious distinction to the layman, but the MQB platform is an award-winning one that proved to liven up the success for the Golf when it was redesigned in 2015. We would expect it to provide an improved ride quality for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta as well.

Then, of course, there are features. The 2019 VW Jetta now has standard LED headlights, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic headlights and driver personalization settings. Driver assistance features, such as forward collision warning and blind spot monitor are also available in a Driver Assistance package. Want to compare the 2018 and 2019 VW Jetta for yourself? Both models will be in stock simultaneously for a limited time. Visit us here at Armstrong Volkswagen while you have the chance.