August 29, 2019


  • Award highlights vehicles based on a combination of available driver assistance features, safety and reliability ratings, and critical acclaimed

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Jetta has been named the 2019 Best New Car for Teens in the $20,000 - $25,000 category by U.S. News & World Report. To be awarded as one of the Best New Cars for Teens, a vehicle must have the best combination of reliability ratings, crash test scores, available advanced driver assistance features and top critical recommendations in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings in its price category.

“We are so pleased for Jetta to be recognized as a 2019 Best New Car for Teens,” said Scott Keogh, CEO and President, Volkswagen Group of America. “The seventh-generation car features an excellent combination of technology, styling, and value, and continues to be one of Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicles in the United States.”

"In addition to strong crash test scores, the 2019 Jetta has a suite of available driver-assistance features, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, all of which can help prevent new drivers from having accidents,” said Jaime Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The Jetta also gets good gas mileage—a major plus for teens trying to stretch their allowance."

All 2019 Best New Cars for Teens winners have available forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking. Nearly every winner has lane departure warning—which alerts the driver if the car strays out of its lane—and lane keeping assist, which can help keep the car in its lane. Almost all winners also have teen driver controls or available smartphone apps for compatible devices that can send parents alerts when the car goes over a set speed or is driven outside a set geographic area or after a certain time of day. These features are designed to allow parents to set limits for teen drivers and have an ongoing conversation with their teens about responsible driving habits.

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta was introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model. Based off the award-winning MQB platform, it offers bolder design, even more interior space than the previous model and some of the newest technology from the premium class. Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to either the standard six-speed manual or available eight-speed automatic transmission. It is available in S, SE, R-Line®, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and has a starting MSRP of $18,745.

The 2019 Jetta offers a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are standard on SE models and above, as well as available in the Driver Assistance Package for S models. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist) are standard on SEL and SEL Premium models.

Volkswagen Car-Net® Security & Service, available by subscription on Jetta SEL and SEL Premium models, allows owners to access their VW remotely through as well as a smartphone app on compatible devices. In addition to features such as Automatic Crash Notification and Roadside Assistance, Car-Net Security & Service includes Family Guardian features for added peace-of-mind. Speed alert notifies the owner of the vehicle when the pre-determined maximum speed limit is exceeded; boundary alert lets you know when the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary. Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net Security & Service will receive a, six-month trial subscription from Verizon Telematics that starts on date of purchase for no additional charge.

To learn more about the 2019 Best Cars for Teens awards, visit