The updated model is better than ever.
The Volkswagen Jetta isn't exactly the most exciting car in the world, but it is excellent if you're looking for a comfortable sedan that'll transport a family of four with ease. It's a modest car for modest people. This quick verdict does not include the GLI, an absolute riot of a car disguised in a rental car body. Volkswagen is making some tweaks for the 2022 model year, and it recently released a walkthrough video of all the updates.
Even in the SUV-dominated automotive world, the Jetta remains a crucial product for VW USA. It has been on the market for 40 years and VW has sold more than 3.5 million units. Apart from the whole Dieselgate saga, the Jetta has been a pretty flawless victory so far.
On to the 2022 upgrades. Volkswagen made updates to both the upper and lower grille, opening it up a bit more. Naturally, it gets the all-new VW badge. All of this is meant to make the Jetta look sportier, but it's still just as modest as ever. The new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels look rather handsome, however. The dual-tone alloys look especially good, as does the new Rising Blue hue, one of three new colors available. For the first time, you can also have a Jetta with black wheels.
At the rear, the Jetta has a new lower bumper with chrome accents. The back also gets the new logo and the name Jetta written in VW's new font. As before, the Jetta comes standard with LED lights all around, including LED daytime running lights.
The interior remains more or less the same, but VW made some quality improvements. You'll find new high-quality stitched trim on the doors, seats, and armrests. It also gets the new MQB steering wheel and shifter. A digital instrument cluster is now standard across the range, with the base model getting an eight-inch unit. Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now available, including a new optional Beats sound system, and there's a load more safety tech too.
A manual transmission is available on the base S and the new Sport trim. VW also ditched the old 1.4-liter turbocharged four-pot in favor of a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Even with the increase in power, VW claims the Jetta is more efficient than ever. Keep an eye out for the forthcoming GLI walkthrough.