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Volkswagen Jetta named a Best New Car for Teens By U.S. News & World Report

Aug 20, 2019

  • Award highlights vehicles based on a combination of available driver assistance features, safety and reliability ratings, and critical acclaim

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Jetta has been named the 2019 Best New Car for Teens in the $20,000 - $25,000 category by U.S. News & World Report. To be awarded as one of the Best New Cars for Teens, a vehicle must have the best combination of reliability ratings, crash test scores, available advanced driver assistance features and top critical recommendations in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings in its price category.

“We are so pleased for Jetta to be recognized as a 2019 Best New Car for Teens,” said Scott Keogh, CEO and President, Volkswagen Group of America. “The seventh-generation car features an excellent combination of technology, styling, and value, and continues to be one of Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicles in the United States.”

"In addition to strong crash test scores, the 2019 Jetta has a suite of available driver-assistance features, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, all of which can help prevent new drivers from having accidents,” said Jaime Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The Jetta also gets good gas mileage—a major plus for teens trying to stretch their allowance."

All 2019 Best New Cars for Teens winners have available forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking. Nearly every winner has lane departure warning—which alerts the driver if the car strays out of its lane—and lane keeping assist, which can help keep the car in its lane. Almost all winners also have teen driver controls or available smartphone apps for compatible devices that can send parents alerts when the car goes over a set speed or is driven outside a set geographic area or after a certain time of day. These features are designed to allow parents to set limits for teen drivers and have an ongoing conversation with their teens about responsible driving habits.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta was introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model. Based off the award-winning MQB platform, it offers bolder design, even more interior space than the previous model and some of the newest technology from the premium class. Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to either the standard six-speed manual or available eight-speed automatic transmission. It is available in S, SE, R-Line®, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and has a starting MSRP of $18,745.

The 2019 Jetta offers a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are standard on SE models and above, as well as available in the Driver Assistance Package for S models. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist) are standard on SEL and SEL Premium models.

Volkswagen Car-Net® Security & Service, available by subscription on Jetta SEL and SEL Premium models, allows owners to access their VW remotely through as well as a smartphone app on compatible devices. In addition to features such as Automatic Crash Notification and Roadside Assistance, Car-Net Security & Service includes Family Guardian features for added peace-of-mind. Speed alert notifies the owner of the vehicle when the pre-determined maximum speed limit is exceeded; boundary alert lets you know when the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary. Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net Security & Service will receive a, six-month trial subscription from Verizon Telematics that starts on date of purchase for no additional charge.

To learn more about the 2019 Best Cars for Teens awards, visit


About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Car-Net Security & Service requires a trial or paid subscription.  Services provided by Verizon Connect, Inc. and available on select models only. VW Car-Net Security & Service services require vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal; certain services may collect location information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and other details at

Automatic Crash Notification may be enabled for up to six months without activating a trial or paid subscription; all other VW Car-Net Security & Service features require trial or paid subscription.

Roadside Assistance provided by a third party.

When using Family Guardian features and alerts, standard text and data rates apply.

Fuel economy will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition. See for details.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.