2019 VW Jetta For most of us who don’t regularly drive a stick shift, getting behind the wheel of a five-speed manual-transmission vehicle, especially one like the top-selling Volkswagen Jetta model, can give delusions of The Fast and The Furious–like grandeur. It’s short-lived, though, for those of us with real-life sensibilities.
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And when the reality of school drop-offs, grocery shopping and daily commutes factors in, you look for the grown-up features that give you confidence in a vehicle’s ability to handle the daily grind versus its splendor. Here’s where the 2019 VW Jetta steps up to the plate. The ample interior space, though underwhelming on the design end, makes loading up the crew easy. Even if you’re subjected to incessant arguing over who gets to ride shotgun, when your youngest passengers are banished to the back by their teenaged superiors, they’ll take joy in the extra space to stretch out their legs to kick the seats in front of them. I’ll concede that the leatherette interior is a nice addition to expensive leather seat options, and who wouldn’t love the advanced-level front crash test ratings and awesome fuel economy (33 mpg)?
Standard features like the rear safety cams and Front Assist (on the SEL and SEL Premium models) are a dream. You’ll also appreciate the aid of technology in avoiding schedule-decimating collisions when you’re partially distracted by mediating whose night it is to do the dishes. The SE model offers the space of comparable mid-size, solid reliability and safety features that compensate for any shortcomings. The biggest pro, however, is probably the Jetta’s price point. It’s a compact car that easily rivals larger vehicles in passenger and load space (the trunk is huge!), with a starting price below that of its average competitors at $20k. It’s easy to see why the Jetta is one of the German manufacturer’s best-selling models. It’s a reliable family sedan with features like user-friendly entertainment and safety systems and an automatic transmission option that won’t break your bank. Plus, you can even choose a snazzy color like the awesome blue metallic to up the pretty factor.