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2020 Volkswagen Jetta: Better, not just bigger

Rather than simply building a bigger 2020 Jetta, Volkswagen designed a better one with new tech, more comfort and a better look.

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Antuan Goodwin

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Meet the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta. It's not much bigger than before, but after a week behind the wheel I'm convinced that it's better.

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The new model has a slightly longer wheelbase, but overall the package is still fairly compact.

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The new look balances timeless VW simplicity with an Audi-inspired muscularity that I really enjoyed.

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Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, the new Jetta makes less power than last year but, with 184 pound-feet of torque, around town performance is still pretty good.

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Most importantly, the new Jetta's improved aerodynamics and smarter eight-speed automatic transmission bump highway fuel economy up to the 40 mph mark.

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Beneath the new look is Volkswagen's new MQB platform. The more modern bones give the Jetta access to a full suite of modern driver-aid technologies.

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LED headlamps are standard on our SEL Premium model, punctuating a more upscale look.

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Surprisingly, trunk space is also down for this new generation -- at 14.1 cubic feet, it's nearly 2 cubic feet short of last year's model.

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Check out our full review of the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta for the full rundown on all of the new tech and amenities.

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