Dear Carol: VW has gone through problems over the last couple of years with “diesel-gate” but I think it has forced them into being a better company. The 2019 Jetta is an example of the direction VW is going. My Jetta test model was powered by a small turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic with multiple modes, including a sport mode. I like the shiftable automatic transmission, especially in traffic. Steering hob controls, shift paddles, or changing via the shifter make gear changing easy on today’s cars. Especially good are the automatic LED lights, which very clearly light up the road ahead.
Junior Damato is an ASE-certified Master Technician.
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