Jetta’s Audi-like styling and generally sensible demeanor. But it’s also not a car that makes you think, “Wow, I’ve got to have one of those!”

But maybe you’ll be more inclined to think that way for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta model year. That’s when the Jetta gets a variety of upgrades that should help it be a more compelling pick among other top small sedans including the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Mazda 3. Highlights for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta include revised exterior styling (courtesy of new bumpers and a new grille), a more powerful engine, a simplified trim level structure and expanded set of standard tech features.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Every 2022 Volkswagen Jetta powers the front wheels with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The base model has a standard six-speed manual transmission, but an eight-speed automatic is optional. We haven’t had the opportunity to test the Jetta’s updated engine, but once we do, we can compare its acceleration times with the outgoing motor.

While the sedan has a comfortable and quiet ride, its light steering is effortless but lacks a feeling of precision. Compared with rivals such as the Mazda 3 , the Jetta is rarely fun to zip around roundabouts and leans into sharp corners when moving above the posted speed limit. Still, its serene nature will satisfy those who want complacent transportation.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Volkswagen hasn’t released fuel-economy ratings for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta‘s new engine. Once those figures are released, and we have the opportunity to test one our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Jetta’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta provides a sophisticated design and generous passenger space. Although the available features become more desirable with each higher trim, every cabin caters to the driver and boasts excellent outward visibility. Top content such as customizable ambient interior lighting, wireless device charging, and ventilated front seats are reserved for the most expensive models. Surprisingly, the Jetta held more carry-on bags than the regular Golf hatchback.

The sedan held seven bags in its trunk, compared with the five that fit behind the Golf’s rear seat. Likewise, the Jetta held three extra bags more than the Golf (18 total) with the back seats folded. The Jetta’s interior cubby storage includes useful door pockets and a deep center-console bin.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every Jetta has a responsive touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Along with traditional volume and tuning knobs, the Car-Net unit allows gesture controls for swiping and pinch-to-zoom. Likewise, every Jetta has a mobile hotspot as long as people are willing to pay for a subscription-based data plan. Wireless charging is standard on the top two trim levels.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Even the entry-level 2022 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a handful of standard driver-assistance technology, and upgraded equipment such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are all available. For more information about the Jetta’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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Full Specifications

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base: Autobahn, $31,990

ENGINE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 in3, 1984 cm3
Power: 228 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSIONS
6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 105.6 in
Length: 186.9 in
Width: 70.8 in
Height: 57.9 in
Passenger Volume: 95 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3200–3250 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 5.6–5.8 sec
100 mph: 13.7–13.8 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.1–14.3 sec
Top Speed: 125 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 30/26/36–37 mpg

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