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Volkswagen unveiled the “hot-rod” version of its recently redesigned compact sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 Jetta GLI gets its 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and other performance features from Volkswagen’s Golf GTI compact hatchback.
Class: Compact Car
Miles driven: 309
Fuel used: 9.8 gallons
Class: Compact Car
Miles driven: 307
Fuel used: 10.8 gallons
Although most of the “new” in new vehicles has been focused on crossovers of late, many manufacturers are still committed to cars. And Volkswagen proves it’s one of them with the introduction of the redesigned 2019 Jetta compact sedan, due on sale in the next couple of months.
DETROIT—On the eve of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen unveiled the newest generation of its compact 4-door sedan. The redesigned 2019 Jetta is slightly wider, taller, and longer than the previous model, and the wheelbase grows from 104.4 inches to 105.7—all of which improves interior room. The new Jetta is based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, which also underpins the new-for-2018 Tiguan compact SUV and Atlas midsize SUV.
2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI SE with Connectivity
Dates tested: 10/13/2014 – 10/20/2014
Miles Driven: 253
Fuel Used: 6.4 gallons
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
Not many car companies are foolish enough to hold a press preview at 7,000 feet. But that’s exactly what Volkswagen did when it introduced the new 2013 Jetta Hybrid near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Station wagons may be a hard sell in SUV-crazy America, but Volkswagen isn’t giving up on them. A recent Car and Driver online report quotes Rainer Michel, product-strategy director for VW of America, as saying the front-wheel-drive Jetta SportWagen will be redesigned for 2014, the first complete re-do for this model since it was reinstated for 2008 after a few years furlough. Not only that, Michel says the company is thinking of adding an all-wheel-drive quasi-SUV version along the lines of the Alltrack concept from last April’s New York Auto Show.
Ever since the tenth-generation Civic’s debut as a 2016 model, Honda has stayed busy rolling out new versions and fine tuning the Civic lineup’s styling and ergonomic details. Coupe and hatchback body styles followed shortly after the ’16 Civic sedan’s launch, sporty Si models (and the racetrack-ready Type R hatchback) followed for 2017, and a freshening for 2019 included an improved infotainment system and other welcome updates.