The front-wheel drive Jetta sedan is a top rated compact car and has been described as a Volkswagen Golf with a trunk. It's lauded for its fun driving experience, and it excels when pitted against newer competition such as the all-wheel drive Mazda 3 or the Honda Civic.
Standard features include excellent handling and a 158-horsepower turbocharged engine. For more power, however, turn to the 228-hp Jetta GLI. Both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission are available choices. The cabin is host to many infotainment offerings as well as standard safety features. On our last test of the Jetta, it returned an impressive fuel economy of 42 mpg on the highway.
Every Jetta has a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, powering the front wheels. The base model has a standard six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed automatic is optional.
Our automatic SEL test vehicle reached 60 mph in a speedier 7.1 seconds than the last Jetta we tested, clocking in at 0.6 seconds faster. The sedan has a light but comfortable steering- making it easy to handle However, it falls short next to rivals such as the Mazda 3 when racing around sharp corners above posted speed limits. Nevertheless, its serene nature will suit those who are looking for polite transportation methodsWe subjected
Our VW Jetta blew past its EPA estimates during our fuel-economy test, scoring an amazing 42 mpg. Although the EPA ratings for new Jettas with either the six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission are quite close, the base automatic is most efficient; boasting estimated 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.
Jettas with three pedals have an EPA-rated 29 mpg for city driving and 42 mpg on highways. Jetta Sport, SE, and SEL trims get slightly lower ratings due to equipment differences, with an EPA-rated 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg during highway travel. You can find more information about the Jetta's fuel economy on the EPA's website.
The Jetta's interior design is contemporary and provides plenty of space for passengers. The features become more desirable as you go up in trim, but every cabin is focused on the driver and has great outward visibility. Top content such as customizable ambient lighting, wireless device charging, and ventilated front seats are only available on the most expensive models. Surprisingly, it can hold more carry-on bags than the regular Golf hatchback.
The sedan had seven bags in its trunk, as opposed to the five that could fit behind the Golf's rear seat. Also, once the back seats were folded of the Jetta, it held three extra bags (for a total of 18), rather than those found in the Golf. Furthermore, useful door pockets and deepen center-console bin can be found within
the Jetta--providing more space for storage needs.
The Jetta is available in four trims for model year 2023—S, Sport, SE, and SEL. The 2023 GLI is offered in one fully-equipped Autobahn trim. After receiving a refresh for MY22, the Jetta family adds minor cosmetic changes and remote start for SE models.
According to RepairPal, the Volkswagen Jetta earns a 4.0 out of 5.0 for reliability due to these three factors: Cost: On average, the annual repairs and maintenance on a Volkswagen Jetta cost $609 while the average for compact cars is $526 and $652 for all vehicle models.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta places in the bottom half of our compact car rankings. The Jetta boasts a comfortable ride and a roomy cabin, but it isn't as engaging to drive or as upscale as many of its competitors.