What is the Difference Between the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and 2020 Volkswagen Jetta?

It is quickly becoming one of Volkswagen's most high-tech models on the road, today.  The Volkswagen Jetta has gone through quite the lifecycle over the past two years.  After going through a complete redesign in 2019, the 2020 version of the Jetta gets another dramatic makeover, the state-of-the-art variety.  Tom Bush Volkswagen in Jacksonville wants to help you decide which elements are important to you when it comes to your next compact car: the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta or the 2020 Jetta.

This compact car feels larger, thanks to a cavernous cabin.  Your passengers will enjoy ample leg and head room.  There is room for five passengers inside this roomy compact.  The available leather upholstery and power-adjustable driver's chair make your drive an enjoyable experience.  The comfortable seats, combined with the amount of infotainment features, will make your car the Jetta the choice when you need to make the road trip from Daytona to St. Augustine.


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What is New With the 2020 Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta moves into the 21st century with the additions to its technology systems and new available packages.  Each trim level of the 2020 Jetta now gets next generation emergency communications system and access to 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, through the Car-Net infotainment system.  A Cold Weather package is available for the mid-range SE and R-Line trim levels, which adds heating elements to your wipers, washer nozzle and rear seats.  While the GLI trim levels gets new adaptive suspension, previously only found on the special 35th Anniversary edition.

Trim Levels of the Volkswagen Jetta

  • Volkswagen Jetta S
  • Volkswagen Jetta SE
  • Volkswagen Jetta R-Line
  • Volkswagen Jetta SEL
  • Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium
  • Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium trim was added to the lineup in 2019 and includes every feature you can get in a Jetta.  The redesign of the 2019 Jetta found it getting a longer and wider frame to give it a more exhilarating driving experience.  A larger grille and sharper lines give it a dynamic look.  More infotainment and driver assist features were also added in 2019.  Which only benefits drivers who opt for the 2020 Jetta.  Ambient lighting in the cabin makes each drive a unique experience.


You can find the energetic four-cylinder engine from 2019 carry over to the 2020 Jetta.  This 1.4-liter Turbocharged inline-four produces 147-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.  The GTI trim is powered by a 228-horsepower turbocharged I4 engine.  Both years are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the S trim level is matched up with a six-speed manual transmission.

The fuel-friendly Jetta lets you go from Riverside to Palm Coast without needing to fill up as frequently.  The Jetta earns an EPA estimated 30 mpg in the city and incredible 40 mpg on the highway from Orange Park to Jacksonville Beach.


Where the Jetta really shines is in its infotainment features.  The VW Car-Net App-Connect includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot subscription comes with each Jetta. A 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and a USB port come standard with your Jetta, no matter the year.  But you can upgrade to an eight-inch touchscreen.  Easy-to-use knobs and buttons make maneuvering your menus a treat for drivers.

A rearview camera comes standard on the Volkswagen Jetta.  Available driver assist features include lane keep assist, rear Cross traffic alert and forward collision warning.  Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are also available in each version of the Volkswagen Jetta.

Take Your Pick; 2019 Jetta or 2020 Jetta

The choice is yours  Do you pick the totally redesigned and fully-stocked 2019 Volkswagen Jetta or the 2020 Jetta and its extra features.  No matter which you choose, you can't go wrong.  To see the difference for yourself, visit Tom Bush Volkswagen and take them both for a test drive.  Figure out which model year you like best and drive one home tonight.