The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium was not the first Jetta we’ve driven — far from it — but it delivered the most surprises, starting with its fuel economy.
Equipped with a 1.4-liter, 147-horsepower turbocharged inline Four with an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission, the Jetta gave the initial impression of having a defective fuel gauge. The level simply didn’t drop, even after a day’s commute and a few short trips around town. Finally, we put the Jetta through its paces on a day trip to eastern Massachusetts, and the gauge dipped just a bit. The issue was resolved when the car’s Driver’s Information Center informed us we were recording 42.6 mpg in mostly highway driving — better than its maximum rating of 40 mpg.