The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is now based on the same MQB platform as the current VW Golf. The new Jetta sedan is slightly larger than the outgoing model, so even though it has a sleeker look, the interior is bigger for all passengers. One of the hallmarks of the Jetta has been the huge trunk and this new model does not disappoint. In fact, the Jetta is the largest sedan in the compact class. The VW Jetta comes with one engine, a turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder with 147hp and 184lb.-ft. of torque. the big change is the additional gears in the manual and automatic transmission. the Manual is now a 6-speed, the auto is an 8-speed unit. The Vw Jetta has room for 5-passengers and the front passengers get standard heated seats and optional heated rear seats and steering wheel. The dash is fitted with a standard 6.5-inch head unit with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and a backup camera. The higher trims get an 8-inch unit. There is an optional 10.25-inch digital dash with configurable setup. In Canada the Jetta starts at $20,995 for the manual, $22,395 for the automatic. The Driver assist package is the optional safety package with the latest advanced safety systems for $995.
this car looks as boring and blend as it gets... and its powertrain and suspension components are underwhelming at best.
historically ,VW stood out with its european design and handling ... this thing looks like a 10yo chevy impala and is just as sophisticated as a hyundai elantra. ... oh and I almost forgot,.. why on earth would anyone still consider buying a VW after the emission scandal?
I'll start by saying this isn't a car I'd buy. That said, I watch a number of YouTube reviewers to form opinions. A quick search brings up Redline Reviews and The Fast Lane Car reviewing the same car. They're likely in your YouTube side panel and were likely at the same media event. Before sounding-off with opinions based on virtually nothing, maybe watching some other reviewers would be helpful. You'll find the consistent opinion is just as positive as Zak's, maybe even more so, especially regarding the suspension and engine, which surprised me. However, they've driven it; I haven't.
I think they should try bringing the European Passat to the NA markets, I think Volkswagen would have no problem selling many Passats, but for the US, they should just take the cheapest models and make these look nicer with better wheels and leatherette. The American Passat is cheap and reliable, but just is too old to be competitive anymore.
VW, to my eye, is seriously missing the mark from an exterior styling perspective. To put it plainly, all new VWs are ugly; especially this Jetta. Couple that with the moral and ethical issues with the company and there's no reason, or excuse, for buying a VW.
Why most of you says 147hp is underpowered? Are you drag racing all day long? 147hp is plenty enough for safe overtaking or merging and you don't drive at autobahn, so you can't legally even reach the Jetta's top speed
-no standard safety equipment like its competitors
-engine is a carry forward which is a shame
-Price is much higher for base model than its competitors
-didn’t know that previous generation had only 5 gears for the manual transmission ! That’s mind boggling!
your bs starts with the price, civic is basically the same entry price or a few dollars more expensive, not a lot of difference on entry level safety equipment either, and LOL, the layout of the drivetrain in this car is the same than in the civic or corolla, what s mindbogging is to expect something more than one of the most common layouts in this segment. clearly you re just a bad troll
Motormouth Canada ”Under the hood the new Jetta uses the familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four from last year, although both transmissions are new. The six-speed manual is available only in the base trim, but it doesn’t feel like so much of a cheap-car choice as the five-speed manual it replaces” C&D
Sorry Zack but for yes any serious driver living in Quebec (largest VW market in NA) with roads in much worse condition than anything you will see in BC will disagree with you. Also as a mechanical engineer I beg to disagree as well. VW did not choose a torsion beam rear suspension for any other reason than cost savings. The Jetta used to be the car that exceeded your expectations for the asking price but this is no longer the case, except perhaps for the upcoming JLI. VW has ruined the Passat and Tiguan driving dynamics to go after Toyota mass market appeal and unfortunately the Jetta has joined these ranks.
Love your detailed review. However, as owner of mk6 with multi-link independence suspension, i cannot imagine myself being in torsion bean. I know it is cost cutting product but i believe it is mistake. Even Toyota is limping towards multi-link independence suspension for their new Corolla [19 or 20] on their new Global Architecture.
Overall, big fan of 1.4 TSI but ruined by torsion bean. That being said, Jetta will definitely sell a lot for people who don't care or cannot tell difference between them as you mentioned in the video.
My next target would be Golf as i cannot imagine myself in torsion bean, however, i cannot wait for Atlas Coupe. I hope it offers somewhat sportier handling while in refined 2-litre Turbo minus budack cycle.
If VW kept producing cars in the same way they have, the Jetta would've started at $26k probably. The Tiguan was completely irrelevant in the CUV market, and the Passat was horrendously overpriced, but I will admit they could've put in more effort with the Passat.
Long story short, VW was not on a sustainable pathway, they needed to become more in touch with the market.
I find I don't like modern multi-speed automatics. When you step on the gas they do multiple downshifts, which causes a delay in the response, and when they finish that, then the engine revs go way up, before the car starts to accelerate which feels just like a CVT to me. On the other hand, with a DSG you want lots of gears so you can pump out those downshifts, going into a corner, just like an F1 driver. I'm a manual guy, but I'm starting to want a DSG.
I was very interested in this car . I think it looks awesome and the digital dash is very cool . BUT I found out that in the USA they are getting a 6 yr , 72,000 mi , fully transferable , bumper to bumper warranty . In Canada however we are only getting a 4 yr warranty !!! I wrote VW to complain and their lame excuse was " we have no control over what VW USA does they are completely separate and make their own decisions " Well maybe VW Canada should decide to match VW USA then . After their cheating scandal you would think they would like to give ALL customers a perk to win back their business. Apparently we are not as important as the USA market . NO SALE
Frankly Zack, im on my 3rd Chevy Cruze and they don't have an independant rear suspension, but all 3 had what they call a Z-link or some call it a watts link and i can tell you that you don't need it. I had Civic and Accord back in the day and the Cruze with the Z-link (since not all Cruze have it) can keep up with them any day.
Typical VW Fanboy review. Compared to the 2019 Accord or Camry....this looks like such an ugly POS with no innovation. That front Fascia looks like something from 10 years ago. 1.4L, 147HP and 184lb/ft....is that a JOKE? The new Accord will get 192 in both HP/Torque in a 1.5L Oh and no independent rear suspension.......that's just laughing stock.
Jerry Ken What? I already own 1.4 TSI mk7. And it has more torque than 2.5 litre. In turbo, you get low end torque from 1400 rpm all the way 3000 rpm which already helps you accelerating up to 120 km/h and beyond.
It is 20 hp difference than same torque from 1.8 TSI. Test drove that engine too. With 1.4 tsi, you don’t need 1.8 due to same low end torque.
It is faster, peppier, and fun to drive. Also very fuel efficient that gets closer to 33-34 mpg combined or 7.5 km/h combined.
And I am speaking from the experience. Of course 2.5 is also great natural aspirated engine. That engine is classic but I prefer low end torque from 1400 rpm that helps me get off the line quicker with ample powers for highway passing.
I believe Zack has always said the digital dash is gimmicky. I agree with what has been said in other reviews. Digital dash will be fun for the first week, then it will be set to the drivers preference and likely not be messed with again.
Thanks Zack, another great video. My Wife drives an ‘12 Jetta Highline (2.5 L) and loves it. My only concern with the Jetta is the degree of noise and vibration. Bear in mind, I am comparing it against my ‘07 Buick Allure or my older 2001 740i. Good car the Jetta, just not amazing. After a few years it just feels ordinary. Thanks again.
Torque is pretty good but this makes me a little worried about it's long term reliability. I heard that turbo engines contribute more on the wear and tear of a car. Higher repair cost means a no no for me.
This engine is reliable. Ironed out for all those issues in the last five years tested and released in Europe. Luckily, North America got the engine that is truly worked out free of error thank to Europe and the rest of worlds being beta testers.
I own it. So far, no issue. If you are concerned about the long term reliability while maintenance cost, Corolla might be your best bet, albeit very boring but practically reliable and cheap maintenance.
Dude power is the resultant of factors like Torque, HP and acceleration no? Most reviewers usually says its the torque that matters while some others say its just hp. In reality both factors are essential and how car builds up again depends on how power is delivered through out its revv range etc..
Yes 147 hp is not that great and 250 NM is fair for a gasoline engine.Its available from a lower 1500 rpm all the way across 4000+rpm range. If we compare it with the 2.0 diesel counterpart with 138hp and a 320NM figures on paper are quiet less.
But i've tested both engines and the 1.4 (in its 120PS and 200NM tune stage) can simply out perform the diesel in 0-60 as well as in intermediate acceleration, thanks to gasoline's wider power band. But the low end lag is quite notable than diesel and it requires some more work on the gas pedal especially when car is fully loaded or climbing a steep inclines and over takings do require downshift.
1.8 TSI is a good option but it aint available in manual any more. Even though 1.8 TSI manual is able to produce 320 NM torque(Superb Manual), the dq 200 DSG limits torque to 250 NM same as that of 1.4TSI manual/auto/DSG. 1.8 TSI still is faster mainly due to more hp produced by it, So even with same amount of torque it accelerates faster.
Personaly, i don't buy cars anymore, i rent them for 4 years and any car on the market right now will last 4 years. Torque is nice, i have a Diesel right now so torque is endless, but power is where the speed comes from, so if you want a good 1/4 mile time, you need power and 147hp is low, but competitive as a base engine.
Joe E. Great question dude. Mostly VW petrol engines are made out of aluminium, especially oil leakage was a problem especially due to its low ground clearance. 1.4 TSI is a balanced engine and for the time being doesn't have exhibited any major issues and widely used in Skodas and Audis.
Germans wont be as reliable as a Japanese cars any day. Generally speaking N.A engines should be more reliable than its turbo counterpart.