The German automaker is slowly catching up to Pre-TDI sales months but not without a struggle. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 1, 2018 2019 VW Jetta VW reported U.S. sales of 29,000 vehicles in October, up 4.6 percent over the 27,732 sold in October 2017. YTD sales of 295,228 vehicles is up a very healthy 5.4 percent over the 280,188 sold through the same period of 2017. SUVs made up 43 percent of VW’s October sales results. By far the best seller in the VW U.S> lineup is the all-new Tiguan – and older Tiguan Limited – with 87,413 vehicles sold year to date, up 173.4 percent over the 31,975 sold through the same period of 2017. On the sedan side, Jetta once again lead the brand with October sales of 10,148 vehicles, up 10.1 percent over the 9,217 sold in October of 2017. YTD sales of 71,337 are down a rather steep 28.8 percent below the 100,212 sold through the same period of 2017. Joliet, IL. – At this year’s Midwest Automobile Media Association Fall Rally held at the Autobahn Country Club, VW was on hand showing off their mainstream hardware. The Jetta is by far the most fuel-efficient offering which garnered my attention. 2019 VW Jetta SEL Premium RT Drive Results The short almost 10-mile RT drive loop netted a very respectable 64.6 mpg indicated which has only been topped by one other non-hybrid/non-diesel, the far less powerful 17 Elantra Eco on this same loop the previous year. At the heart of the 2019 VW Jetta is the 147 hp and 184 lb, ft, of torque, direct injected and turbocharged, 1.4L I4 mated to a wide ratio 8-speed AT with Stop/Start. The drivetrain and 0.27 Cd rated sedan earned a 30/40/34 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. And rightfully so! 2019 VW Jetta Pricing S w/ the 6-speed MT or 8-speed AT: $18,545/$19,345 SE 8-speed AT: $22,155 R-Line w/ the 8-speed AT: $22,995 SEL w/ the 8-speed AT: $24,415 SEL Premium w/ 8-speed AT: $$26,945 D&H of $850 Standard features across all trims include LED headlamps, DRLs and taillamps. SE and above trims include a leather wrapped wheel, heated seats, dual-zone auto climate, and a panoramic glass tilt/slide sunroof, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with MirrorLink though a 6.5” touch screen. SEL and SEL Premium trims add a standard 10-color LED ambient lighting system, the 10.25” Digital Cockpit, an 8-way power driver’s seat and leather (Premium), ventilated front seats, and 8” glass NAVI touchscreen (Premium). On the safety front, the 2019 Jetta offers a standard Rearview Camera and Automatic Post-Collision Braking. The SE adds Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert and FCW. The SEL and SEL Premium include Radar CC and Lane keep Assist. And warranty? How about a 6 Year/72,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty to go with that Jetta? All the ride and handling capability of a world class sport sedan, the very latest safety and infotainment, the standard across all trims hyper efficient 1.4L TC I4 mated to the 8-speed AT, and a great warranty. While the world is focused on SUV/CUVs, the more discerning among us will find the 2019 VW Jetta compact sedan an even more impressive offering for an even better price in no uncertain terms.