Mar 8, 2018

Despite increased dimensions, the 2019 Jetta improves its standard EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings using aerodynamics, powertrain upgrades and other innovations


Herndon, VA (March 8,2018) – The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will arrive in dealers this summer with improved EPA-estimated fuel economy for the model: 30 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg highway, for a combined 34 mpg, two mpg higher on the combined measure than the automatic transmission version of the current generation Jetta.

Making those improvements required a dedicated approach to fuel efficiency throughout the vehicle development process, as the seventh-generation Jetta grew in most dimensions from its predecessors.

“Fuel efficiency has long been a key concern of compact sedan buyers, and we knew in designing the new Jetta we would need to push the state of the art,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “But we also knew these buyers demand good value, and our innovations will prove their value in everyday use.”

The gains begin with the Jetta’s exterior, which has been optimized for aerodynamic drag reduction. From early virtual modeling, every crease and curve of the new Jetta was studied for ways to reduce wind drag without hurting styling, interior noise or other priorities.

New to this Jetta are shutters in the front grille that close at certain speeds when the engine needs less airflow, and an “air curtain” design in the front bumper that lowers turbulence over the wheels. Underbody panels have been sculpted to help ensure suspension components don’t create unnecessary air obstructions, and the rear styling helps smooth the airflow further. All told, the refinements of the Jetta’s exterior reduce its coefficient of drag to a class-leading 0.27.

The 1.4-liter TSI® engine from the EA211 family has also been optimized for further fuel efficiency, including a clutch-driven air conditioner that reduces pumping losses, a more efficient generator and a smoother-flowing grade of oil. The stop/start system that is standard on 2019 Jettas with an automatic transmission shuts off the engine at appropriate times, is designed to help to reduce fuel consumption in stop-and-go traffic by as much as 6 percent.

Another major boost comes from the new 8-speed automatic transmission, which provides a wider band of drive ratios that allow more efficient running at higher speeds That power will hit the pavement through a new selection of low rolling-resistance tires that, while slightly larger than the tires on the previous model year Jetta, reduce resistance by up to 25 percent without sacrificing handling.

Every 2019 Jetta model will come with the People First Warranty, America’s best bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The New Vehicle Limited Warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018. The R-Line trim features sportier styling, exclusive interior and exterior design elements, R-Line badging, and the XDS® electronic differential.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA), an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWGoA’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. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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This information is preliminary and subject to change.

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

Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. See for details. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf.  See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.  Claim based on manufacturers’ published data on length and transferability of car and SUV Bumper-to-bumper/Basic warranty only.  Not based on other separate warranties.


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