Refreshed for 2022, the Volkswagen Jetta sees minor exterior changes, but an updated engine and more standard safety technology. It also gains a new Sport trim level that replaces the outgoing R-Line and slots just above the base S trim. Value-minded shoppers will find a $1,200 bump in the compact sedan’s base price, which is now $21,190 (all prices include the destination charge) for the S with a manual transmission. The price of admission for the performance-oriented Jetta GLI, meanwhile, is more dramatic: As only the top-tier Autobahn remains, with no more S trim, the 2022 Jetta GLI’s performance variant now starts at $31,990.
We reported in August that the 2022 Jetta would hit dealers in November, but today’s pricing announcement didn’t reiterate that timeline. When asked to clarify, VW spokesman Mark Gillies told Cars.com via email that the Jetta’s arrival “has been moved back — probably January.”
The 2022 Jetta will come in five trim levels: S, Sport, SE, SEL and the range-topping GLI Autobahn. All but the GLI have a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s shared with the new Taos SUV and is good for 158 horsepower (up 11 horses from the outgoing model). The performance-leaning Jetta GLI returns with the same 228-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the outgoing GLI. A six-speed manual is standard, with an eight-speed automatic available; the Jetta GLI’s automatic option is a seven-speed, dual-clutch unit.
New for 2022, all Jettas have standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert. (Such features were previously part of a $500 options package on the Jetta S and included higher up.) VW’s IQ.Drive system, optional on the S and Sport trims and included higher up, adds adaptive cruise control and hands-on lane centering.
The 2022 Jetta’s competitors include the Honda Civic, which is completely redesigned for 2022 and starts at $22,915; the popular Toyota Corolla, which starts at $21,100; and the Hyundai Elantra, which gets a high-performance N Line treatment and comes with the most affordable starting price tag of the bunch, at $20,875.