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2025 Volkswagen Jetta Gets Refreshed Design Inside and Out, But Same Old Engine Options

Although the Volkswagen Jetta has been dropped in many international markets, it remains a favourite among North American consumers, and will therefore be updated once again for the 2025 model year.

First introduced in 2018, this is the second time VW has decided to give the seventh-generation Jetta a refresh – the last time was for the 2022 model year. This time, the compact sedan benefits from updated looks, new paint and wheel options, but a familiar pair of engine options.

For 2025, the Jetta’s front and rear ends have been reworked slightly to look a little more like the eighth-generation Golf. That means that a thin piece of trim that extends between the headlights (and can be illuminated in certain trims), and the grille has been moved lower down on the front fascia. At the back, the taillights now extend all the way across the trunk to form a lightbar, as is all the rage in car design these days.

In addition, Volkswagen is offering buyers new paint and wheel options for the Jetta. In terms of colour, the sedan gains Monterey Blue Pearl and Monument Gray. As for the wheels, the Comfortline model will be offered with a range of 17-inch aluminum alloy rims, while the Highline and GLI trims will get 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, or black wheels optionally.

Volkswagen also decided to update the interior of the Jetta to attract customers. The dash has been redesigned and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard across the range. The sedan also gets separate controls for the climate system, though they are touch capacitive, which may annoy some drivers.

The changes to the 2025 VW Jetta are only skin-deep, though. Engine options remain the same, with the standard model receiving a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 158 hp, while the high-performance GLI benefits from a 2.0L turbocharged engine that makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The lack of newness under the hood may be a good thing for enthusiasts, though, because it means that Jetta GLI buyers will still be able to choose between a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual transmission, making it the last Volkswagen in North America to offer a clutch pedal. Non-GLI models will get an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Canadian pricing will not be announced until August, and the refreshed model is expected to reach Canadian dealers in September.