Volkswagen updates its popular Jetta sedan

Volkswagen updates its popular Jetta sedan
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2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen used the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to reveal its all-new Jetta sedan late Sunday night.

The company is going a bit upscale with its latest model, which now includes standard features like full LED lighting, alloy wheels and integrated Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It’s all covered by a 6-year, 72,000 mile warranty.

The new car is also bigger than its predecessor, growing wider, longer and taller with a longer wheelbase, which helps improve ride quality.

Despite the improvements, Volkswagen managers say the new 2019 Jetta will have a starting price that’s $100 less than the 2018 model. Part of the cost savings come from sharing the same platform with several other VW models, a platform Volkswagen calls its MQB Architecture.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, higher-trim models will include features like adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

Inside, there’s also an available digital screen gauge cluster, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated leather seats and a 400-watt BeatsAudio sound system.

Powering the car is a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

“With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the VW North American Region.

Volkswagen sold about 115,000 Jetta sedans in 2017, but that is still fewer than half the number of Toyota Corollas or Honda Civics in the same time.