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2019 Volkswagen Model Year Changes



2019 or 2020 Volkswagen Arteon at 2018 CAS

The all-new Arteon is due to replace the Volkswagen CC for the 2019 model year. When it arrives it will be equipped with a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive.

Full LED headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels and electronically adjustable shock absorbers are among its standard luxury features. Safety features will include standard stability control, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert.

PSYCH! The Arteon was scheduled to be a 2019 model, but it had trouble passing emissions tests in Europe and has been held back, similar to your older sister in 3rd grade.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Front Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Traffic Alert, automatic headlights, rain-sensitive wipers and heated side mirrors are all now standard. Heated steering wheel and the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, an instrument panel that is programmable, are now standard on all SEL models.


2019 Volkswagen Beetle2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

The Beetle is finally at the end of its long road. A special Final Edition version will be available.

Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are standard across the line.

The Beetle Dune and Coast are no longer offered, leaving S, SE, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.


2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard on SEL Premium and optional on lowly SE models; same thing with Blind Spot Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. Park Assist and Automatic High Beams, previously optional on SEL Premium are now standard on that model.

SE models also now include a standard Fast Charger for half-hour 80% charges at special charging stations with compatible gear. 


2019 Volkswagen Golf

The Golf gets major changes to its powertrain. First, it trades the 1.8 turbo 4-cylinder for a more efficient 1.4 turbo. The new engine gives away 23 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque, but fuel mileage goes up by 4 to 5 MPG. Second, the dated 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are exchanged for a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. The extra ratios should help get some acceleration back.

In safety news, the Golf will now have standard Front Assist (collision warning and frontal automatic braking), Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Golf SE offers an available Driver Assistance Package with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist (actively keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane), High Beam Control, automatic dimming rearview mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 17-inch wheels are new to Golf and come with 225/45R17 all-season tires.

Golf Alltrack

2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Forward collision warning, front autonomous braking, blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert are all now standard.

A six-speed manual transmission is now available on all trim levels.

Golf SportWagen

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The SportWagen also exchanges its 1.8T 4-cylinder turbo for a 1.4-liter turbo, except for 4MOTION all-wheel drive models, which keep the 1.8T.

SEL models are discontinued, leaving S and SE. Gone with the SEL are dual zone automatic climate control, park distance control and automated parking. SE inherits Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and automatic high beams.

Golf R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

The hottest hatch from VW is now available in 40 custom order colors. A Black Wheel Package with gloss-black 19-inch wheels is available. Engine's horsepower is downgraded by 4 to 288.


2019 Volkswagen GTI

The GTI gets an eight horsepower boost, bringing it to 228 horsepower from its 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.

A Rabbit Edition is one of the weirder special editions for the GTI. The Rabbit name harkens back to the 1980's, when the GTI was born, but the Rabbit was the mild version of the U.S. Golf platform. It would be like making a special edition Mustang called the Falcon or Grenada. Perhaps a special edition Challenger Valiant or a Camaro Nova.

The GTI S now offer the safety upgrades standard on SE and Autobahn: Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert.


2019 Volkswagen Jetta at 2019 CAS

 The Jetta is all-new for 2019, moved to the MQB platform, the same architecture as the present generation Golf and GTI. As its only engine it keeps the 1.4T turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that the Jetta Eco introduced. It is available with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Jetta offers Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and Automatic High Beams.

The Jetta now offers premium features like a digital cockpit with a full color dashboard with virtual gauges for everything and ventilated front seats to keep driver and front passenger cool.

The new Jetta has a longer wheelbase, is a little over an inch-and-a-half longer, almost an inch wider, a tick taller but it weighs over 40 pounds less than the old Jetta. The passenger cabin is slightly larger but the trunk is a lot smaller (14.1 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).


2019 Volkswagen Passat

Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are now standard.

Passat Wolfsburg Edition replaces Passat S and gets 17-inch wheels and a larger 6.3" touchscreen. Heated front seats, satellite radio, Car-Net App-Connect and Voice Control are also now standard.

R-Line and SE trims are combined into one: SE R-Line. GT and SEL are discontinued. The 3.6 V6 engine is no longer offered.


2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Alarm System is now standard on Tiguan SE. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and Park Distance Control are now standard on SEL non-Premium models.


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