2022 Volkswagen Jetta : Is It Better?
Refreshed Jetta to include a more aggressive design for the range-topping GLI, along with new colors and wheel patterns.
Debut in the America, the refreshed Volkswagen Jetta continue to have place in the company’s line-up and has been refreshed for the 2022 model year. Set to arrive in dealerships in the United States within the fourth quarter of 2021, the sedan gets a nip and tuck job as well as some mechanical and equipment updates. The Volkswagen Jetta is third-best-selling nameplate in the United States.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta features a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers a modest 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, enough to get the car to 60 mph in the low 8-second to high 7-second range according to VW. The upsized engine (Compared to its previous 1.4-liter unit) has higher direct-injection pressure, plasma-coated cylinder bores, a variable-geometry turbocharger and intelligent cooling that helps warm things up more quickly by directing coolant flow to different parts of the engine as needed. The Jetta can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic.
One of the most noticeable changes is the new grille and front and rear fascias to the model. Opt for the GLI and VW adds wider dual exhausts, which the brand claims emit a meaner sound. Additionally, the GLI welcomes a black honeycomb diffuser, standard 18-inch wheels, and available black wheels. The GLI’s telltale red chrome strip across the grille remains intact.
The interior is refreshed with a new steering wheel with more functions. Volkwagen meanwhile differentiates the GLI’s cabin by way of a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with haptic touch buttons.
The changes include contrast stitching on the door panels and on the center armrest, as well as sharp-looking pieces of industrial trim. Ambient lighting runs across the dash and doors. The new cloth seats come heated and ventilated, and the GLI has a cool red underlay that can be seen through the perforated leather.
An 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, while a 10.0-inch unit is available (it’s standard on the Jetta SEL and GLI). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility also come standard.
For 2022, VW drops the SEL Premium (its features are merged into SEL) from the Jetta line. The automaker also swaps the R-Line trim for a new Sport one, which includes the likes of dark graphite 17-inch wheels, a blacked-out grille, black mirror caps and window decor, black headliner, and special cloth sport seats. The trim walk now goes S, Sport, SE, and SEL. About 10 percent of customers are expected to go for the Sport and of those, VW thinks about half will choose the manual transmission.
The GLI line gets simplified, too, and is now offered strictly in Autobahn guise, with the lesser S no longer offered. There is an available Black package, too, which includes black 18-inch wheels, a black roof, black mirror caps, and a spoiler.
If you like what you see, you don’t have long to wait as long as the ongoing microchip shortage doesn’t cause any delays.