With the Volkswagen Jetta getting a slight refresh last year, the 2023 model is expected to arrive without any major changes. That’s not a bad thing, as the Jetta is one of the roomier compact vehicles in the class that has excellent fuel economy figures and is available with impressive technology. Unlike most vehicles in the segment, the Jetta errs toward being a comfortable daily driver instead of overly sporty. The performance-oriented Jetta GLI is covered separately.
Choosing your Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen will offer the 2023 Jetta in four trims: S, Sport, SE, and SEL. Pricing ranges from $21,760 to $29,480 with destination. These represent slight increases compared to the 2022 model year.
Every Jetta comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The motor makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque that routes power through the front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on lower trims with the eight-speed automatic transmission being a $790 option.
With the eight-speed automatic transmission, the Jetta can get up to 31 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. The manual transmission brings figures of 29/42/34 mpg (city/hwy/combined). The Sport, SE, and SEL trims are rated at up to 33 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
For a compact sedan, the Jetta offers roomy seating for up to five people. The sedan has up to 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk.
Standard safety features on the Jetta include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Lower trims are available with optional Driver Assistance that adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. These features come standard starting with the SE trim, which comes with Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive system.
Volkswagen includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen and an eight-inch digital instrument cluster on every Jetta. The infotainment system includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and four audio speakers. To get an upgrade, you’ll have to step up to the SEL trim, which comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, navigation, satellite radio, a Beats Audio system with nine speakers, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
2023 Volkswagen Jetta S – MSRP From $21,760
The entry-level Jetta S starts things off with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, cruise control, manually adjustable front seats, and heated exterior mirrors.
2023 Volkswagen Jetta Sport – MSRP From $22,650
The Sport trim adds 17-inch wheels, black exterior trim, sport bumpers, a black headliner, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, sport seats, a rear center armrest, and Volkswagen’s XDS differential.
2023 Volkswagen Jetta SE – MSRP From $25,480
Stepping up to the SE trim nets rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver, push-button start, keyless entry, and synthetic leather upholstery.
2023 Volkswagen Jetta SEL – MSRP From $29,480
The range-topping SEL trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof, sport bumpers, ambient interior lighting, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel as standard.
Compare Jetta Trims Side-By-Side
While it’s the most expensive trim available, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta SEL is the only one that feels competitive in the compact class. At just shy of $30,000, it’s somewhat reasonably priced for the segment.