2019 Volkswagen Jetta Returns 40 MPG on the Highway

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta gets a boost in fuel economy, thanks to new transmissions.

Introduced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new Volkswagen Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that carries over from the last-generation model. The German automaker however, has given it a new standard six-speed manual transmission, while an eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Those transmissions replace the previous five-speed manual and six-speed automatic, helping improve fuel economy despite the engine remaining the same.

Both the manual and automatic models now return 40 mpg on the highway, which is a boost on the automatic which previously returned 38. The older manual model also returned 40 mpg on the highway. The combined fuel ratings have also gone up as a result, with both drivetrains returning 34 mpg, an increase of one mpg for the manual transmission, and two mpg for the automatic.

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Although reaching 40 mpg on the highway keeps the Jetta competitive within the segment, it’s still not best-in-class with the Civic returning 42 mpg on the highway when equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a CVT.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta arrives dealerships this spring with a starting price of $19,395 including destination.

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