2019 Volkswagen Jetta Reveals Fuel Economy Performance
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was introduced earlier in 2018 with a new set of transmissions and bigger proportions. Now, the automaker boasts about the fuel economy of this compact sedan, and it is better than the outgoing model.
The new Jetta creates 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque coming from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. From this engine, the Jetta is able to to get to 30/40/34 mpg city/highway/combined when paired with either a six-speed manual or the new eight-speed automatic. In 2017, the Jetta with the 1.4-liter engine only got to 28/38/32 mpg with the six-speed automatic or 28/40/33 mpg when using the five-speed manual. The old Jetta was able to reach zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds with the 1.4-liter engine.
While this is impressive for the brand, it still lags behind some of its major competitors. The 2018 Honda Civic is able to reach 32/42/36 mpg using its 1.5-liter turbo-four. On the other hand, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan gets to about 32/40/35 mpg from its 1.4-liter turbo powertrain.
Fuel economy is becoming one of the most pressing matters for American consumers even as larger vehicles, including crossovers, penetrate the industry. VW created the new Jetta with the US as its market in mind, thus there is no release date yet for Europe.