But you still shouldn’t, obviously.
If the last-generation model is anything to go by, the all-new 2019 Jetta should a huge sales hit for Volkswagen, offering a premium driving experience for a modest price. With its new MQB platform, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 147 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, and a well-equipped interior, the 2019 Jetta offers outstanding value for money, with a starting price of $18,745. For that price, you're also getting one of the safest midsize sedans on the market. Thanks to its abundance of safety tech, the new Jetta has earned a prestigious five-star safety rating by the NHTSA.
"Volkswagen is delighted that the Jetta, our best-selling model, has earned the highest 5-star overall safety rating from the government - providing further validation that Volkswagen vehicles are among the safest vehicles in the industry," said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and After Sales for Volkswagen of America.
The 2019 Jetta features an assortment of both passive and active safety systems that helped it achieve the 5-star safety rating including six airbags (driver, passenger, driver and passenger side, and full-length curtain) as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems.
All Jetta trims offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard. Volkswagen says this system "builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact - the most significant of which can cause additional collisions".
The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and the chance of additional damage.
Available driver-assistance features on the Jetta include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), active Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist).
Other 2019 Volkswagen models that have received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating now include the Atlas, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and the Passat. The remaining 2019 models in the lineup have not been rated by NHTSA.