2019 Volkswagen Jetta Starts at $19,395
VW drops the base price
Volkswagen has announced full pricing information for its next-generation Jetta compact sedan. Starting prices range from $19,395 for the base S model to $27,795 for the SEL Premium.
Starting at $19,395, or $100 less than the old model, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S features a standard six-speed manual, LED headlights and taillights, cloth seats, electric parking brake, and 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Upgrading to the eight-speed automatic requires an extra $800, a good price considering it was a $1,000 option on the previous base Jetta.
SE models receive dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats. These models have the eight-speed transmission as standard, and the price tag jumps to $23,005. The Jetta R-Line, priced from $23,845, adds cosmetic upgrades such as a gloss black front grille, a specially designed rear bumper with dual exhaust, and a unique interior with two-tone black and gray seating and contrast stitching.
Stepping up to the SEL trim level nets rain sensing wipers, wrap-around ambient lighting, a 400-Watt Beats Audio system with eight speakers, and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen. Adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist are some of the standard safety features on this model, which starts at $25,265.
At the top of the lineup sits the SEL Premium, starting at $27,795. Look for leather upholstery, navigation, ventilated front seats, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and other premium touches.
Unfortunately, autonomous emergency braking isn't standard on the Jetta. But forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking (front assist) is available on the base model for an extra $450. Meanwhile, SE, R-Line, and SEL trims offer a $495 cold weather package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and remote start. SEL Premium models include this package, available midway through the model year, as standard equipment.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a 1.4-liter turbo-four with 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful GLI could join the lineup after the standard model launches in the second quarter of this year.