2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta will soon head into production, which can cause a debate among shoppers considering the compact sedan right now. What are the main differences between the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta? We’re here to help you decide on whether the next model year is worth the wait.

We won’t go too much into detail on the visual cues of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, except to say that it has an obviously more aggressive appearance. The chiseled hood and bold chrome bar grill give it a fresh look similar to what we saw in the facelifted Passat. Whether looks alone are enough to sway you are up to personal preferences, but there are other practical changes to consider.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2018 Volkswagen Jetta

MQB Platform PQ35
6-speed manual/8-speed automatic  Available Transmissions 5-speed manual/6-speed automatic
105.7 inches Wheelbase 104.4 inches
Standard App-Connect Available

New features and upgrades for the 2019 VW Jetta

Though there has been no word on engine upgrades for the 2019 model year, there are some mechanical differences you’ll still want to consider when debating between the current model year and the upcoming VW Jetta. Chief among them is the move to the MQB platform, which has given VW more versatility in terms of the model’s size. You’ll note that the 2019 VW Jetta is not only longer, but wider too.

Another thing to check out? Your transmission options. The current model year has a standard 5-speed manual transmission with six-speed automatic or DSG upgrades available. These were great options in the past, but looking to the future is a different story. Volkswagen will now offer a standard six-speed manual transmission with an impressive eight-speed automatic upgrade. More gears not only mean smoother transitions, but improved fuel economy.

sNot much has been said about standard features for the 2019 VW Jetta, but confirmed highlights include LED headlights, Driver Personalization settings, standard App-Connect features with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, and the new engine start/stop system. Bigger, better equipped and with improved overall design? It’s clear the redesign for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is well thought out.