The New and Improved Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen first rolled out its new sedan, the Jetta, in 1979 in an effort to manufacture a family car that was a bit less needy at the gas pump. Since then the Volkswagen Jetta has been a solid-selling vehicle for the brand. 

Over the years, there have been changes to the standard vehicle. The new 2022 Jetta features some changes and upgrades that stay true to the model while enhancing its performance and look. Here is a peek at the subtle but impactful changes to the Jetta. 

Exterior Changes

While the overall look of the Jetta remains the same, there are a few tweaks to the appearance. The Jetta comes in 4 trims: the S, Sport, SE, and SEL, and also the fully loaded GLI model. These models have newly designed bumpers, rims, and trim around the Volkswagen logo. 

The new Jetta is also now available in three new colors: Kings Red Metallic, Rising Blue Metallic, and Onyx White Metallic. The GLI model colors will remain the same. 

Powertrain Upgrade

It’s hard to believe that the very first Jetta had only 76 horsepower. It’s come a long way over the years. More recently, the previous engine was a 1.4 L turbocharged 4-cylinder and the new one gets upgraded to a 1.5 L. This increases the horsepower from 147 to 158. 

Improved Standard Technology

For vehicle manufacturers, it’s important to keep up with the times. For this reason, the Jetta now comes standard with driver assistance technology such as blindspot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. 

For the control panel, the standard Jetta models have a standard instrument panel with an 8-inch screen with available app connectivity. The GLI will feature a larger 10-inch screen. Also available are a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging. 

On the Inside

The Jetta still has a roomy interior for a small sedan. The look and feel of the seats and trim, however, have gotten a small makeover. Depending on the trim the interior can be a Volcano Brown or Dual-Tone Black with leatherette or leather seating.

All models will have contrast color stitching for a more luxurious look. Heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel are also available options. The sport model features a sport trim with bucket seats for more comfort. 


The good news about these upgrades is that the price point is expected to stay relatively the same. The current baseline Jetta starts around $20,000 and the GLI at $28,000. The base price of these cars might rise a bit, but not a significant amount. 

Other Volkswagen models include: 

  • Cross Sport
  • Volkswagen Taos
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Volkswagen Arteon

The New Volkswagen Jetta

The upgraded Volkswagen Jetta won’t look remarkably different from the previous year’s model, but the modest changes pack a tremendous punch in terms of overall driver satisfaction. 

If you have any questions about the new Jetta or would like to take one for a test spin, stop by for a visit or contact us at Terry Volkswagen so we can help you out!