2019 Volkswagen Jetta: A Trim Comparison

a red 2019 volkswagen jetta at a car show

The Volkswagen Jetta is small, incredibly fuel-efficient, brand new for 2019, and has plenty of features that make it worth the price. Each trim offers a significant step up that can change your day-to-day drive. This detailed breakdown could help you pick which one is right for you.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Trim Comparisons

The Volkswagen Jetta offers five terrific trims to choose from, each offering remarkable performance and essential features for your daily commute. Read on to learn more about each trim level and what it has to offer you!


The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S has a starting MSRP of $18,545 and can get up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. That’s some insanely competitive gas mileage.

Since it’s the base model, it doesn’t have a lot of the flair that you might find with the more expensive versions, but it’s still pretty respectable. Some of the highlights include LED Headlights and Taillights, a rear vision camera, and a 6.5″ composition color touch-screen sound system. It’ll also link up with your Apple or Android smartphones!


The Jetta SE has a starting MSRP of $22,155. That small price jump offers enough new features to be a good deal for those who can afford it. It has the same engine and gas mileage, but its new features give a much-needed upgraded feel. Things like app connect, heated seats, keyless entry, sunroof, and driver assistance up the fun factor. The fact that heated seats are added in the Volkswagen Jetta SE is great considering many models from competitors don’t include them until you get to the higher-tier options. Another feature that usually shows up in higher-end trims is the SE’s blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alerts. The SE is certainly worth the extra cost.


In 2019, Volkswagen has expanded its Jetta lineup to include the R-Line that so many Volkswagen fans have come to love. At $22, 955, this racing-inspired take on the Jetta is a beautiful car. It shares the same great engine that the rest of the Jetta lineup does. The main differences are the R-Line details on the handles, bumpers, steering wheel, and more. It has two-tone leatherette seats and sleek wheels that will make you feel like this car belongs on the racetrack.


The SEL takes the Jetta to a new level while only increasing the price to $24,415. It’s kept the same great engine featured on the other Jetta trims but improves in other areas. The SEL comes with some great entertainment and safety features. It includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8″ touchscreen display, Beats audio, leatherette seating, and beautiful 10-color customizable interior ambient lighting. Its safety features include Lane Assist, Forward Collision Warning, and a rear-view camera. It even has rain-sensing windshield wipers!

SEL Premium

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium ups its features even more, but the price tag only goes up to $26,945. It takes comfort to another level. In addition to being heated, the front seats are genuine leather with adjustable lumbar support. It also takes everything great we’ve seen so far and wraps them into one great package. This includes all of the safety features we’ve seen, the keyless entry and push-to-start engine, 8″ touchscreen display, Beats audio, and interior ambient lighting. It’s an amazing car.