2019 Volkswagen Jetta – The Baby Audi

It’s 2018, and the world still seems to be obsessed with SUV’s. The crossover vehicles in addition to SUV‘s are dominating sales across the globe, and sedan sales continue to decline in the same manner. Take a look at the brand new 2018 Honda Accord, probably one of the best and most well-rounded sedans you can buy on the market today, and it’ll beat almost any SUV in the same price bracket regarding performance, safety and comfort. Honda is experiencing lacklustre sales, people just don’t want sedans anymore, but this hasn’t stopped manufacturers from investing into the segment, in fact, you could say they’ve ramped up R&D just to get sales numbers back to a fraction of what they used to be. And that’s exactly what Volkswagen is doing with the brand new 2019 seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta.


The seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta now goes after the mainstream with a brand new design language that’s much more aggressive and imposing compared to Jettas of yesteryear, the 2019 Jetta features a bolder front end with angular swept headlights that come with daytime running lights as standard on all models, a large gaping front grille with chrome accents and a larger front bumper. The entire silhouette of the car is now more aesthetically pleasing with a lot more creases, smoother flowing lines and a sloping rear roofline. Step around to the rear, and you’ll find rear taillights that look as though they’ve come straight off an Audi A3 saloon, we also get two exhaust pipes in addition to larger rear bumper. While the styling isn’t something that is going to make you look twice its defiantly more tasteful and premium than before, in fact if you removed the VW badging altogether you might be forgiven into thinking that it was a vehicle from a more premium manufacturer such as Lexus or Audi.


Under the hood the Jetta comes equipped with a 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes around 147bhp, and 184 lb-ft of torque, this comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and can be optioned out a brand new 8-speed automatic, pretty much the same engine you find on the higher end base engine Audi A3. The Jetta is even based on the MQB platform that underpins a variety of Volkswagen and Audi products including the Audi A3 and the higher end VW Arteon. The suspension has also been revised for the seventh generation with a much more forgiving suspension layout, it manages to iron out bumps quite well and at the same time keep its composure while cornering hard around a tight bend. The new Jetta even comes with different driving modes this time around, from the infotainment screen you can select between ECO, Normal and Sport. Again this is a feature you would more normally associate with higher-end brands such as our paint point of reference for this article Audi.


Volkswagen has been slowly upgrading its interior as well, and again we see that translate to the seventh generation Jetta with the same minimalist German design, a driver focused layout dominates the interior with smooth flowing lines, minimal buttons, good quality plastics and plush, comfortable seats. The base S trim is the only model in the lineup to get cloth seats the higher end SE upgrades that to faux leather. The top-shelf SEL Premium gets real leather, and power seats with two-way lumbar adjustment, included with the SE is also automatic climate control, heated front seats and a sunroof. The Jetta comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment setup, but that can be upgraded to an 8.0-inch unit. Higher-end trims also get the now famous virtual cockpit screen which is fully configurable, at a press of a button, it can hide the traditional round gauges and expands the display of trip info, audio selection, phone task, or navigation map. All variants come as standard with Apple Carplay and Andriod Auto.


The seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta, which could, in fact, be called a baby Audi sedan, in its top-level trim, comes equipped with all the high-end features you expect to find in your typical Audi. With leather power seats, the virtual cockpit system, a large touchscreen infotainment system, great looks, excellent safety equipment its feels like your driving a quality premium product.

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  1. Jetta A baby Audi.. well not a baby Audi.. a cheap Audi.
    The new A4 and Jetta are almost around same size , so calling baby might not be exact. Infact Jetta is bigger than A3 in length by over 5 inches.

    Again Jetta does not reach the refinement of Audi in material and features.. Yes VW share components, engines , transmissions and suspensions and many others and all the way to Bentley, Lamborghinin , Porsche..

    Also VW yet the release the top of the line Jetta , the GLI, a 2.0L turbo with over 210hp.

    Also Just to correct , Accord sales are not low because people are not buying Sedans because in thst case Camry should also not sell and Civic and Corolla too. If in first three month of 2018, if accord sold little over 61,000 units Camry is near 91,000 units sold . So problem is somewhere else.
    Yes SUV's have impacted overall sales but these prime models are not effected and selling average 30,000 units on average per month each like always.

    The reason of slow sales of Accord is the money incentive from manufacturer to dealers as well as to buyers is not attractive. Mostly American lease and there are not good offers while Toyota offering huge incentives. Yesterday Honda started offering up to $1100 lease incentive but it will not help because it's still keeps monthly payment of Accord higher.

    The point is the reasoning presented here is not accurate.

  2. When I meant "baby" Audi I wasn't talking about exterior size, its a common term in the car world to call a lower end car in the range/segment "the baby", like the 718 Cayman S could be a baby 911. Yes it isn't as refined or as premium as an Audi hence why I called it a "baby Audi".

    While SUV's may not be the only reason sedans have gone down in sales it has to be one of if not the main reasons their losing their popularity, Most of the people in the car industry agree over this fact. The Camry has remained to be one of the only anomalies to this trend.

  3. I suggest you do a little bit more research on low sales of Accord in particular. Not because of SUV.. it's because of poor customer offers as you shared screenshot confirming it. Camry, Accord [ not this accord ], Civic, Corolla [ slow at this time ] are selling almost in same numbers they usee to be. As of your comment of Camry, I can share exact industry released numbers showing the sales trend with no change at all. I know what industry think about SUV's but as I said these particular models are not affected.

    I have owned last three generations of Jetta and currently one as well and seen the new Jetta in person and baby as per your statement does not stands true. It's no way near Audi in refinement and features. A digital cockpit does not make it calling a baby Audi. I said its a cheap Audi..

    Again both Cheap and baby are journalistic terms to soup up an article and not used by manufacturer or any industry expert.

  4. Click on the link below for VW's India lineup. The Beetle is not there because it has been discontinued worldwide. The Jetta ia also not there not because it has been discontinued but because of the launch of the new Jetta. The Jetta was my fav VW sedan and if you visit my 'local view' thread i would never miss an opportunity to click a Jetta if i could. Coming to the now and this new Jetta and i'm disappointed.This car looks like a VW Vento with makeup and extra thick lipstick to me and not a Jetta. I guess i won't be clicking this car if i came across one after it is launched in my neck of the woods.Baby Audi my blank.

    VW(India) Vento

    I guess prices of used Jetta are gonna go up in my country after people get to see the new one. In pic below is in my opinion the best looking Jetta in India. Why would VW mess with the Jetta like this?

    Jetta RIP

  5. Actually the next generation Jetta is not available any more in Europe. It is more a North American model produced in Mexico. Maybe it's same case with India.. Again not sure about Asian region. For Europe it's confirmed

    I am selling mine , a 2016 GLI, 2.0L TSI.. a GTI in a sedan guise , let me know if you want to buy.. lol.. I had 3 generations of Jetta and I am not buying the next one at all. You can judge my disappointment..

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