The 2022 VW Jetta GLI is a sporty, refined sedan that is entertaining to drive yet practical enough for family duties. It has been updated this year with an improved base infotainment system and some subtle styling updates. The 228-hp turbocharged engine remains, as does the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a power panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, and an eight-inch touchscreen interface. Both front seats have heating and ventilation, and the driver benefits from a memory system for their seat. Adaptive cruise control and active blind-spot monitoring, along with IQ.Drive, make highway driving safer and more relaxing.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has a higher base price than before, although that's mainly because last year's base trim has been discontinued. The high-spec Autobahn is the only remaining trim and it begins at an MSRP of $30,995 in manual guise. The price of the Jetta GLI rises to $31,795 for the automatic derivative. These prices exclude a destination charge of $995 in the US. How much more can you spend on the GLI? Not much at all since there's only one package and few other options on offer.
Only one package is offered for the GLI. It's called the Black package and it adds 18-inch black wheels, a black roof, black mirror caps, and a black spoiler. It costs $595.
The Jetta GLI comes in one well-equipped trim for 2022. That includes the gen-three EA888 engine with 228 hp, brakes from the last Golf R, adaptive suspension, the VAQ electronically-controlled front limited-slip differential, a sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, IQ.Drive assisted driving and more, for just $30,995 with the six-speed manual, excluding destination.
If you want the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it will set you back a further $800 for a total of $31,795 without handling and delivery fees. The only option to add o is the Black Package, which adds 18-inch black wheels, a black roof, black mirror caps, and a black spoiler. We'd certainly skip the dual-clutch transmission, though VW is very good at it, but we do like the black accents. Regardless, you're out of the dealership for less than $33K and with a slightly bigger vehicle than most of its competitors.