UPDATE: You can now read our first review of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedan, which features a bolder exterior and more interior space, has been priced with the base MSRP starting at $18,545, which is $100 less than the outgoing model. Deliveries will begin during the second quarter.

The front-drive sedan is powered by a 147-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 184 lb-ft of torque. Output will be delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. A total five trim levels, S, SE, R-Line, SEL and SEL Premium, will be offered. VW has also extended the People First Warranty, which bowed on the all-new VW Atlas SUV, to the new Jetta. It provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for six years or 72,000 miles and can be transferred to subsequent owners.

The base $18,545 Jetta S comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, multi-function controls on the steering wheel, rearview camera and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen. S models with an 8-speed automatic start at $19,345, while a $450 optional driver assist package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency front braking and blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert.

Step-up models

Stepping up to the Jetta SE bring an 8-speed automatic transmission, dual zone climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, keyless entry and push button start, leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Driver-assist features include blind sport monitor with rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic braking. The SE starts at $22,155 and is available with an optional $495 cold-weather package that includes remote start, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and heated wiper park.

Jetta R-Line models start at $22,995 and sport 17-inch alloy wheels gloss-black front grille, R-Line rear bumper with dual exhaust, fog lights and black mirror caps.  Inside there is a multi-function steering wheel and black roof liner. These models are also equipped with an XDS electronic differential.

The SEL is priced from $24,415 and has LED projector headlamps with LED running lights, a 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, 400 watt BeatsAudio sound system, adaptive cruise control and active lane keep assist. The SEL Premium begins at $26,945 and features leather seating surfaces, ventilated and heated sport seats, 8.0-in Discover Media infotainment, navigation and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Destination fee on all models is $850.

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