2022 Volkswagen Jetta Preview, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - August 31, 2021

Model Preview

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta arrived in 2019 with a sharper body, new engine options, and an upgraded, albeit still toned-down, interior. The 2022 VW Jetta and Jetta GLI will arrive with a refreshed body, new powertrain options, and upgraded tech.

On the outside, the 2022 Jetta will gain revised bits and pieces. Starting up front, the new Jetta will get a revised bumper and grille with two distinct chrome bars on each side of the VW emblem. Down the side, mostly everything will remain the same, other than the new black trim on the new Sport trim. Around back, the 2022 Jetta will gain a new bumper.

The 2022 Jetta will also get three new color options: Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Metallic, and Rising Blue Metallic.

Inside, the 2022 Jetta will now come standard with an 8-inch digital gauge cluster and rhombus cloth seats. Other tech upgrades will include wireless charging and wireless App-Connect in upper trims and standard Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car Wi-Fi capability.

Under its hood, the 2022 Jetta will take the new 1.5-liter EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Taos. This engine will deliver 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, plus we expect slightly better fuel economy. This engine will continue to pair with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive will remain the only drive option.

VW will continue offering its IQ.DRIVE safety suit on all 2022 Jetta models. This suite will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and more. Lower-tier trims will have IQ.DRIVE as an option, but mid-level trims and higher will come standard with it.

Pricing & Release Date

Volkswagen expects to have the 2022 Jetta in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Pricing remains unconfirmed, but we expect a slight increase from the current MSRP range of $20,548 to $28,469 (destination fees included).

This compact sedan will compete with the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, and Toyota Corolla.

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