2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2020 Volkswagen Jetta 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

  Engine

1.4L Turbo I-4 1.4L Turbo I-4

  Horsepower

147 147

  MPG (City/Highway)

30/40 * 30/40 *

2020 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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The Jetta got a complete design change in 2019, so it only has minor amendments in 2020. For the current model year, the Volkswagen Jetta only has some minor reshuffling of its features. This includes standard and add-on features that vary by trim level. The 2020 Jetta otherwise looks the same as the previous model year, and it has the same powertrain options. In 2019, the Jetta received a full design change inside and out. It was equipped with more technology and more safety amenities. A new trim, called the SEL Premium, joined the Jetta family, giving consumers more options than before. Both trims feature a very smooth and comfortable ride, plenty of storage spots for your cargo, and above-average sound quality from a premium audio system.

Performance

You'll find plenty of performance capabilities in both the Volkswagen Jetta model years with the same standard engine, which is a 1.4L with a turbocharge. This compact engine produces a maximum of 147 HP and 184 LB-FT of torque. It is turbo-charged for an extra boost of power when you need it. Both Jetta models are also fun to drive with a premium drive mode selection that includes Eco, Sport, Normal, and a custom setting that gives you even more control of your driving experience. You have the choice to get the unique Volkswagen 4Motion all-wheel-drive technology as well, which provides the Jetta with additional handling capabilities and better traction on all road surfaces. You also have the option of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Appearance

A striking, sophisticated, and polished appearance characterizes the 2020 and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedans. The composed and upscale exterior of the Jetta features clean lines and dramatic curves. You'll get premium LED headlights on all trim levels, including the base model. The base trim, called the S, gets 16-inch alloy wheels. When you move up to the SE R-Line, you'll also upgrade to larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Starting with the SE R-Line, the Jetta comes with two-tone leather seats and fog lights. Multi-color ambient lighting is included in the SEL, which also gets a custom Volkswagen cockpit. The SEL Premium gets alloy wheels with a metallic finish and leather seats.

Features

The 2020 and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta both come equipped with many enjoyable features. At a minimum, you'll get a 6.5-inch infotainment system that also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moving up the line, you get a larger eight-inch display screen with the SEL trims. These trims also come with a virtual Volkswagen cockpit that has customizable performance information for the driver. You'll find a variety of safety technology on both Jetta model years, including a safety cage, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring. Several features are available such as post-collision braking and stability-enhancing systems like electronic brake pressure distribution. Blind-spot monitoring, lane assist, forward collision alert, and rear traffic alert are other Jetta safety tools.

Aside from some changes to feature availability, there are no significant differences between the 2020 and 2019 Jetta model years. However, you will want to schedule a test drive to experience both vehicles for yourself.

* Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.