The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is a carryover model. VW has confirmed a few cosmetic changes will be present in the new model, and all SE trim Jetta's are gaining remote start. The Jetta received an updated exterior design, a more powerful engine, and new features for 2022. Reports indicate that the Jetta could receive a refresh in 2024.
On the outside, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta will retain the same general exterior design as the current sedan that’s on sale. The current Jetta features a conservative design with a wide lower air intake, prominent body lines, and plain lighting. The 2023 Jetta will come in four trim levels – S, Sport, SE, and SEL. The sporty Jetta GLI gets a few red accents, larger 18-inch wheels, and more aggressive bumpers. We cover this model separately.
The current Jetta has a sophisticated and straightforward interior design. The touchscreen is integrated into an angular piece on the dashboard. The central touchscreen and physical controls on the lower part of the center console are slightly angled toward the driver for ease of use. Compared to other compact sedans in the class, the Jetta has one of the more spacious cabins. The 2023 Jetta should have the same interior design as the current model that’s on sale.
We don’t expect Volkswagen to make any changes to Jetta’s list of features for 2023. Currently, the sedan comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, four audio speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Bluetooth. Available features include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a nine-speaker audio system, wireless smartphone compatibility, navigation, and a wireless charging pad. VW's digital cockpit will be available in the 2023 Jetta, offering faster 45W USB-C charging.
The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is expected to retain the same available engines as the current model that’s on sale. The Jetta comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower. The sporty GLI trim comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 hp. The base engine is available with a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The GLI comes with a six-speed manual transmission and is available with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to safety features, the current Jetta comes standard with forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Available features include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. These safety features should continue to be available for the 2023 Jetta. Starting for the 2023 model year, all Volkswagen vehicles, including the Jetta, will include IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology, a hands-on semi-automated driving system.