2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Still An Amazing Bargain

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Pricing for the entire '22 Jetta lineup has arrived.

Volkswagen revealed the refreshed Jetta and Jetta GLI last month but it left out one key piece of information: pricing. Today, the final piece of the puzzle has arrived. It's important to point out all trims cost more than last year but there's a good reason why: a more powerful and more efficient engine, specifically the 1.5-liter TSI, rated at 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The old 1.4-liter turbo with 147 hp and 184 lb-ft is no longer available.

The 2022 Jetta begins at $20,195 for the entry-level S trim. Moving up the ladder, the Jetta Sport starts from $21,095 when equipped with the six-speed manual and $21,895 with the optional eight-speed automatic. For those prices, buyers get a ton of standard features, such as 16-inch two-tone aluminum alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, an 8-inch digital as part of the digital cockpit, and several advanced safety systems.

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The IQ.Drive driver-assist suite is a $995 option for automatic models while manual versions get the Driver Assistance Package that includes everything in IQ.Drive except for Emergency Assist. Moving up the ladder, the Sport trim has everything above but tacks on 17-inch wheels, an XDS differential, and unique cloth seats. Pricing begins at $21,095 and $21,895 for the manual and slushbox, respectively. The $23,795 SE is automatic only and gets leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers, among other items. A panoramic sunroof costs another $850 while dark graphite alloys are another $395.

The also automatic-only SEL kicks off at $27,795 and comes with a long list of standard items, among them a 10.25-inch Digital Pro Cockpit display, ambient lighting, projector LEDs, a sunroof, the cold weather package with a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, and a nine-speaker audio system.

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As for the always fun to drive GLI, buyers are being asked to fork over at least $30,995 with the manual - a $4,650 increase over last year. The automatic requires $800 more. However, VW simplified the GLI's packaging; it's only offered in a single trim: Autobahn. Last year's Autobahn began at $30,745, so we're really only looking at a $250 increase.

Like last year, the GLI comes powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged EA88 with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. Fuel efficiency has slightly improved without sacrificing output. Buyers can further tack on the $595 Black Package with black 18-inch alloys, black roof, spoiler, and mirror caps.

None of the above prices include the $995 destination fee.

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