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2021 Volkswagen Jetta: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 27, 2019

Model Preview

After a redesign in 2019, the VW Jetta carried into 2020 with the same looks, but it gained new tech, an expanded Cold Weather Package, updated wheels, and a few other mild updates. When the 2021 Jetta hits showrooms, we expect it to arrive as a carryover model.

In 2019, the VW Jetta went through a full redesign that brought in a new body with a bold front end, sharp body lines, a swoopy roofline, and more, delicately blending class and sportiness in one package. Further enhancing its sporty side was its longer wheelbase, shorter front and rear overhangs, and wider stance. With this look still fresh, we expect the 2021 Jetta to roll in unchanged.

Inside, the Jetta redesign brought in a thinner dash with a higher-mounted 6.5- or 8-inch infotainment screen, an available LCD gauge cluster, a clean climate-control interface, and more to enhance its premium look and make it feel roomier than before. It also brought in additional trapezoidal design elements to further build upon its sportiness and more soft-touch materials for an even more upscale feel. We expect the 2021 Jetta to arrive with no changes to its interior design.

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We also expect no powertrain updates to the 2021 Jetta. If this proves accurate, it’ll feature a standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This power will head through a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission on its way to the front wheels. Opt for the GLI model, and it’ll continue to treat you with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The GLI’s gearboxes will remain a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

The current Jetta has not been through IIHS testing, but the first year of the redesign, the 2019 model, has been. It missed being a Top Safety Pick due to its “Marginal” and “Poor” headlight tests, but it hit all other marks, including “Good” scores in all crash tests and a “Superior” front-crash-prevention rating with its optional automatic emergency braking. We expect all the safety ratings and features to remain the same when the 2021 Jetta hits showrooms.

Pricing & Release Date

VW has not announced when the 2021 Jetta will hit U.S. showrooms, but based on the current model’s release date, we expect it to arrive in late 2020.

Pricing also remains unclear, but with it being a carryover model, we expect the Jetta to carry pricing similar to the current model, which ranges from $19,815 to $31,665 (destination fees included).

This compact sedan will battle the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda 3.

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