The redesigned 2019 Jetta wins our praise for its impressive fuel economy, effortless acceleration, and straightforward controls. We got 34 mpg overall and 54 mpg on the highway in our tests—truly outstanding for a non-hybrid or non-diesel sedan of this size. Even with that superb fuel economy, the Jetta’s responsive turbo engine doesn't force the driver to press hard on the gas pedal for quick acceleration.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Jetta will have about average reliability when compared to the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has been recalled 7 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Volkswagen Jetta owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

""ParkPilot not available at this time" message kept appearing. Car does not have ParkPilot. Given the high degree of electronic control in this car I was/am uncertain it will not fail. I took it to the dealer 3 times for repair, to no avail. The 4th time the back-up camera was replaced. The problem has not reappeared but I've driven it less than 1000 miles since then. Don't know if problem is actually fixed."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hardware replacement

"Antenna interfered with cellphone navigation when connected to car"

Anonymous, VA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio intermittently stopped playing."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Each time I took the car in for the intermittent and errant "ParkPilot not available" message, the dealer did a software update that failed to fix the problem. The updates did not solve the problem. Perhaps this latest (4th) visit with a software update and a back-up camera replacement will be successful. Time will tell."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software was not working properly, radio inop,other minor malfunctions. Reload of software fixed the problem"

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software had to be reinstalled to fix some radio issues"

Anonymous, CO (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"VW had 2 recalls. One for software problem-notification involving key. Other was gas rail system."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Dealer fixed a VW recall for the seal between windshield and engine. Dealer did the recall incorrectly, which caused water to pour into the passenger footwell whenever it rained. Dealer fixed for free but it took almost a week for them to get the car back to us."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"A gas line (from the gas tank to the engine) was vibrating and making a ton of noise - we took it to the dealership and they installed a hush kit (common issue with Jettas)"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle off throttle from the passenger side of the car. Upon diagnosis by the dealer, the fuel line was missing a clip into the firewall."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"From delivery an Annoying rattle coming from the roof behind the sun roof. Have not mentioned it to VW, not resolved"

Anonymous, CT (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"vibrating noise from body during certain gear speeds."

Robert S., TX (2019 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Loose bolt on hinge arm"

Anonymous, QC (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

"passenger seat does not adjust for height. Wife is a short person. She is not able to see over dashboard when in passenger seat. Air bag if deployed could injure her due to seating position. Placement of pillow to raise her in the seat , defeats the air bag and turns it off. Have had Jettas before and passenger seat had height adjustgment . Had I known this from the outset I might not have considered the car. I was operating on past experience-never thought that they would save money by removing this feature."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk light did not work."

Anonymous, SC (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"NOISE. It is increasing. VW will not admit to the problem, let alone fix it."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Main transmission seal failure dealer replaced"

Anonymous, (2019 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"Recall on both rear springs."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Mfr recall in effect for rear springs"

Robert S., TX (2019 Volkswagen Jetta S 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Seems to be related to cold weather. Dealer is clueless, all they know to do is reset it. Now that it is warm, I need to get it reset again"

Anonymous, VA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission seal wasn't installed correctly from factory and leaked. Fixed under warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Car completely stopped. Twice. Had to be towed."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Volkswagen Jetta Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The A/C system takes about 5 minutes to adjust to the desired temperature. This happens more often than not."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Volkswagen Jetta SE 1.4-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
WHEELS
Dec 11, 2019
The excessive stress can cause steering, traction or other stability issues or breakage relating to the front wheels, and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019 Jetta GLI, Golf Alltrack, and Golf GTI vehicles. The front wheel bearings may have been improperly machined, potentially causing excessive stress on the wheel, wheel bolts, or wheel bearings.
What should you do:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the wheel bearing assemblies, wheels, and wheel bolts, free of charge. The recall began December 11, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 40P1. Note: The affected owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the repairs have been made.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V879000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
Sep 25, 2019
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Volkswagen Passat, 2018 Tiguan LWB, 2007-2009 Jetta Sedan, 2011-2013, 2015 and 2019 Jetta, 2013 Jetta Hybrid, 2008-2009 Jetta Sportwagen, 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 2013 Golf, 2008-2010 and 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2008-2010 Beetle, and Beetle Convertible vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners and repurchase the affected vehicles. The recall began November 6, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01D7. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 18V-329.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V679000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 113
SUSPENSION
Mar 06, 2019
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Golf Sportwagen, 2019 Jetta, 2015-2019 Golf, and 2018-2019 Tiguan vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began April 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V188000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56173
AIR BAGS
Feb 20, 2019
In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, the wrong air bag may not work correctly, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019 Jetta vehicles. An incorrect driver frontal airbag may have been installed during a service/repair visit.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver frontal air bag with the correct part, free of charge. The recall began April 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69Y7.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V110000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4
SUSPENSION
Dec 19, 2018
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas, 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen has notified owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began January 31, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J2/42J3.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V904000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6322
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Nov 26, 2018
If the driver is not notified by an audible noise that the key is left in the ignition, it can increase the risk of vehicle theft or crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas and Tiguan and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles that do not have keyless entry. The instrument cluster may not provide an audible warning to let the driver know that the key is still in the ignition when the door is open. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall began December 13, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 90L3 and 90L4.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V824000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 73549
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Sep 26, 2018
A reduction in the driver's visibility can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vehicles equipped with LED headlights. The passenger side headlight may be incorrectly positioned, reducing the driver's visibility when it is dark. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side headlight, free of charge. The recall began November 2, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 94L1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V671000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28
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