2019 VW Jetta pricing official: These are all the trims

Volkswagen has priced up the 2019 Jetta for the US, with the new compact sedan managing to undercut the old model in the process. Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the new Jetta switches to VW Group's MQB platform – found under the skin of many other Audi and VW cars – though carries over the same 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine.

That's providing 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The standard six-speed manual transmission will give stick shift fans something to crow about, though an eight-speed automatic is optional on the entry-level car, and standard on higher trims. The latter also packs a start/stop system that shuts the engine off while you're waiting at lights.

Pricing kicks off at $18,545 for the 2019 Jetta S. That packs 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and LED taillamps. Inside, you get cloth seats and a new multi-function steering wheel, along with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link support. A rearview camera is standard, as is Driver Personalization which can save settings for four different users.

If you want the Jetta S with the eight-speed automatic, that'll set you back $19,345. VW is also offering a Driver Assistance Package, which adds forward collision warnings, autonomous emergency braking (front assist), blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alerts, and heated side mirrors. It's a $450 option.

Next up comes the 2019 Jetta SE, priced from $22,155. It gets the eight-speed auto as standard, along with 16-inch two-tone alloys, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry. There's a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leatherette seating surfaces, along with heated front seats. The active safety tech from the Driver Assistance Package is fitted as standard on the Jetta SE, and mid-model-year there'll be a $495 Cold Weather Package that adds heating for the steering wheel and rear seats, heated wipers and washer nozzles, and remote start.

Then comes the $22,995 2019 Jetta R-Line, with its 17-inch dark gray alloys, gloss-black front grille, and R-Line rear bumper with dual exhaust tailpipes. That also packs fog lamps, black mirror caps, and various interior trim details like a special R-Link steering wheel, and two-tone seat trim with contrast stitching. The only mechanical change, mind, is the XDS electronic differential.

The $24,415 2019 Jetta SEL starts with the Jetta SE trim, and adds LED projector headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. It also adds Drive Mode Selection and ambient lighting in the cabin, with 10 possible color options. The 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display replaces the analog dials, and there's a 400W Beats Audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer, all controlled through an 8-inch touchscreen Composition Media infotainment system with SiriusXM, voice control, and a pair of USB ports.

It'll include adaptive cruise control, high beam control, and active lane keeping as standard, and offered with the Cold Weather Package later in the model year. Finally, the 2019 Jetta SEL Premium will start at $26,945 and add to the SEL trim with 17-inch two-tone alloys, R-Line exterior detailing, sport comfort seats with leather finish, power driver's seat adjustment, ventilated front seats, and navigation. Midway through the model year the Cold Weather Package will be added as standard to the SEL Premium.

All versions will have an $850 destination fee. VW says that it expects the 2019 Jetta to begin showing up in dealerships in before the end of June this year.