2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Interior


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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Review

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Interior: 8.2

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta's cabin remains quiet even at highway speeds, and it looks good. The materials quality is improved from the 2018 model, but it won't blow you away. There are some soft-touch materials, but the Jetta also incorporates hard plastics that look and feel a bit cheap. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and the Jetta offers a solid amount of trunk space, particularly for a nonhatchback small car. The Jetta's infotainment system is easy to use, and VW offers many driver assistance features.

  • "The interior benefits from a more diverse mix of plastics with better grains and feel. There are still a few cheap-feeling plastics to be found, but they're kept as far out of the way of hands and eyes as possible." -- Autoblog
  • "The Jetta's cabin is quiet and comfortable, with supportive seats whose cloth and leatherette upholstery are both high enough in quality that the new leather option seems altogether unnecessary. Volkswagen's somewhat tarnished reputation for building nice interiors receives something of a polishing, as the new Jetta has more soft-touch surfaces than the outgoing car, including nicely padded armrests and front-door inserts." -- Car and Driver
  • "The interior isn't bad at all; the materials feel decent, in general, the seats (which can now be had both heated, cooled, and, if you're so inclined to do it yourself, moistened) are comfortable, and most of the controls make sense and are easy to use." -- Jalopnik

Seating

The Jetta seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leatherette and leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, front sport seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel are available. The Jetta features two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The Jetta's front seats are comfortable and supportive, making this a great choice for commuting or long road trips. Most critics comment that the seats – up front and in back – provide ample room for passengers, even though front and rear legroom is slightly reduced from the 2018 model (by 0.1 inches in front and 0.7 inches in back).

  • "The comfy, roomy interior is a big step forward compared to the old Jetta, with more soft-touch materials around the cockpit and darn fine build quality for a sub $20,000 car." -- Autoweek
  • "In the back, the seats offer ample space and a comfortable seating position." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The seats, leatherette for most models, are a new design that is firmly supportive and comfortable for a long day of driving. The interior materials and trim of the current generation that have been criticized as downscale … still are not posh, but do have more soft-touch surfaces and upscale-looking trim. Even the base S is much improved. And the comfort over a long drive is enhanced by a cabin quiet enough for easy conversation at highway speeds." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the Jetta include a rearview camera and the MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, four speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, and VW Car-Net App-Connect, which includes connectivity options like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

Available features include a sunroof, push-button start, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, additional VW Car-Net services, and an additional USB port.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

Before the redesign, the biggest touch screen you could get in a Jetta was 6.3 inches. For 2019, every Jetta gets at least a 6.5-inch touch screen. The dashboard controls are well-organized, and the responsive screen is easy to see for the driver, though it might be a long reach for taller drivers. The available BeatsAudio stereo produces superb sound quality.

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  • "The controls are just about as simple as they come these days. The optional 8-inch touch screen is vivid and responds quickly to commands. Despite the tilted, driver-cockpit design, the infotainment screen is a bit of a reach for drivers, particularly tall ones who must sit farther back. Steering-wheel shortcuts are easy to use to interact with the audio system, and even for starting phone calls through a list of recent calls." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The best part of the new interior is the dashboard design … that wraps around the driver's field of vision. The center touchscreen is moved higher and angled toward the driver (no more fumbling down by the gearshift). All the controls are logically at hand, and the buttons and dials have a high-quality feel and action." -- Cars.com
  • "We continue to be greatly annoyed at VW's insistence that we stop the car to adjust the equalizer settings on the stereo, although it must be noted that the spectacular 400-watt, eight-channel, seven-speaker BeatsAudio system … sounds sublime with the EQ settings in their default centered position." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The redesigned Jetta's trunk provides 14.1 cubic feet of room. That's 1.6 cubic feet less than the 2018 model, but more than 14 cubic feet is still a solid total for a compact sedan, and you can fold down the rear seats if you need extra room for large or bulky items. There's also a lot of small-item storage space throughout the cabin.

  • "The new interior also adds needed practicality, including deep door pockets, a larger center storage bin and a big soft-surface phone bin at the front of the console. A little, but thoughtful detail that others should copy, is a light-gray interior for the console bin that makes it much easier to find things in the bottom. Storage space is helped by having an electronic parking brake." -- Cars.com
  • "The trunk is a pretty cavernous volume with a nice flat floor. If you had a 450-pound housecat, I bet it could curl up and sleep in there no problem." -- Jalopnik
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