Volkswagen’s new VW Jetta is back, and it’s getting serious about fuel economy.
The 2019 VW Jetta is set to arrive at dealerships this spring and it’s sporting a brand new transmission that helps it achieve fuel efficiency as no other Jetter has before. Introduced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the almost-all-new Jetta is sporting new lines to go along with its increased concern with your wallet.
We say almost-all-new as it still has the same 1.4-L turbocharged inline four-banger is the previous model had. What’s different is the transmission. Whereas the previous model had a five-speed manual, six-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 model comes with a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s a whole lot more speeds.
Those extra gears allow the same 1.4-L turbo squeeze out a few extra miles per gallon. The highway mileage for either manual or automatic versions of the car is 40 miles to the gallon, which is a slight improvement on the previous model’s automatic, which only got 38 mpg. The previous manual transmission actually managed the same mileage.
But it’s in the city that the extra gears really shine. Both automatic and manual versions get 30 miles per gallon in the city, which is a full two more on both versions of the previous model. Combined mileage is an improvement of one mpg on the manual and two mpg on the automatic.
While 40 mpg is certainly competitive, it’s hardly groundbreaking. Honda Civic is still the best in the four-door compact conventional car segment, with a class leading 42 mpg on its 1.5-L turbocharged engine mated with a CVT. The current Jetta is actually on par with a Toyota Corolla LE Eco.
The 2019 Jetta arrives this spring and will come with a $19,395 MSRP.