I had work in Des Moines last week and the boss wanted me to rent a car instead of driving (so much for making some mileage money) so I got a 2019 Jetta with the 1.4t
Not a bad car, but not much to recommend it. It did get great fuel economy. I think I averaged well over 40MPG on the highway. I probably drove about 850 miles on the highway and less than 100 around town during my rental.
The infotainment system paired with my iPhone XR without drama and I was able to use Waze and two different audiobook applications during my drive.
Visibility seemed good for cars of today. The back up camera seems slow to return to whatever function was in progress prior to engaging reverse.
Acceleration is lazy until you really put your foot in it and spool up the turbo. I"m sure the small displacement contributes to the lack of initial torque. However, put your foot 3/4s of fhe way to the mat and the car will move.
The transmission must have been one of the DSG type units. If not, it certainly had a noticeable downshift when coming to a stop.
I did appreciate the easy ability to disable the auto stop as the button is right next to the floor mounted shift lever. I never felt the need to disable it during my drive, unlike a GM implementation I had last month in San Diego.
Ample room for passenger and a large trunk.
Steering didn't seem to match my experience with other German cars. My Mazda3 feels more German than did this Jetta.
A couple of instrument panel photos for the BITOG crowd, including the available oil temperature status. I did not see the temp rise above 220 degrees F during my rental.