While SUVs have taken a large share of the automotive market in the last few years, compact cars still enjoy brisk sales. If you’ve been looking for a compact sedan, we can recommend the redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Buyers at the auto dealer near Bakersfield report they like the Jetta’s long list of features, up-to-date technology equipment, exceptional comfort and great value. And you can’t ignore Volkswagen’s 6-year/72,000-mile transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty.
According to the folks at the Bakersfield area car dealerships, the 2019 VW Jetta has a bit more style than the outgoing model, with a bolder look, a striking grille and a sculpted hood. The roofline is smoother and the overall size is slightly larger, including a larger wheelbase that creates more room in the front row.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta seats five. Buyers can choose from five trim levels, listed as S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium. The performance-oriented Jetta GLI isn’t covered here. Powering the 2019 Jetta is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s standard on all trims other than the S, which comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox and the automatic as an option. We’ll explore the different trim levels and examine the features that come with each one.
Despite its economical price, the base Jetta S provides a nice list of features, including 16-inch wheels, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, LED headlamps, AC, cloth seats, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch display for the infotainment system, a stereo system with four speakers, a USB port and Bluetooth. Also standard is VW Car-Net App-Connect, which allows you to select certain smartphone apps from the touchscreen.
Jetta S buyers can add the Driver Assist package, which features forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and rear cross traffic alert.
Move up a rung on the trim-level ladder to the SE and you’ll get the features of the S, plus faux-leather upholstery, keyless access, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, heated front seats and a sunroof. The SE gets the features of the S’s Driver Assist package as standard equipment.
Drivers who live in locales that experience cold winters will appreciate the optional Cold Weather package, which adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a remote start system that will have the car started and toasty for you. The Cold Weather package is also available with the R-Line and SEL models.
Opt for the R-Line and you’ll get a sportier appearance. The Jetta R-Line comes with exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, side-mirror caps and a gloss-black grille. Other standard features include foglights, a bolder rear bumper with dual chrome exhaust tips, black-and-gray imitation leather seats, a sport steering wheel and a limited-slip electronic differential.
The Jetta SEL gets several technology features, including Digital Cockpit, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio audio system, an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, satellite and HD radio, and an additional USB port. Other features that come standard include 16-inch-alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, an ambient lighting system, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic high-beam control and lane keeping assist.
At the top of the lineup, the SEL Premium gets the features of the Cold Weather package, plus 17-inch wheels, leather seating, an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, navigation and more.