A couple of car journalists got their hands on a pre-production 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and if their first impressions are anything to go by, the seventh generation Jetta will be better than ever.
It’ll be seven years since Volkswagen introduced a new generation of Jetta and in that time Volkswagen, to say the least, has gone through some major changes that will only bode well for this new generation Jetta. According to CNET’s roadshow, one of the first car outlets to get their hands on the new Jetta, and their reports on how this 2019 model handles (Dec. 11, 2017) it looks like Volkswagen might have a real winner on their hands. Check out a couple of teaser and spy images Volkswagen dropped and some people leaked for us ahead of its official reveal below.
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In order to cut costs but also upgrade the Jetta’s handling into world-class territory, VW is using its MQB platform that also underpins it’s best selling VW Golf. This will return the Jetta to its colloquial roots of being a four-door Golf with a trunk.
According to CNET, when the Jetta was pushed to the limits, the Jetta felt nice and stable. And when a couple of hard moves were thrown at the Jetta, it responded predictably. Overall, CNET found the Jetta to be comfortable, quiet and a neutral handler of corners attributes any compact sedan owner wants from their driving experience.
Although we won’t know what VW will stuff under the hood, expect to see a carryover of engine choices from the previous generation which includes the base 1.4T and optional 1.8T and 2.0T.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will get a boost of efficiency and will be able to handle its power that much better thanks to two extra gears for its 8-speed automatic transmission. For enthusiasts, VW will probably bring back the 6-speed DSG.
The Jetta will appeal to those younger millennials and starter families that want a small car but don’t necessarily want something styled as polarizing as the new Civic or as bland as the Corolla.
While VW’s image has suffered as of late some of their best-selling models, like the Jetta, soldier on. I’ll be keen to see just how much their sales jump with a new generation of Jetta to drive.