The Jetta compact sedan is now Volkswagen’s sole non-performance-oriented car model, thanks to last year’s disappearance of the base Golf hatchback. It’s a handsome car that is well-suited to the task of competing for buyers with some of Canada’s most popular small cars.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the VW Jetta gets a mid-cycle refresh that follows up on the car’s last full redesign in 2019. Exterior styling has been updated, and the Jetta gets a new, more-powerful 1.5L turbo engine borrowed from the Taos crossover.
Volkswagen offers the Jetta in Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline trim levels. All three use the new 1.5L motor, which comes with a six-speed manual in Trendline and Comfortline models. Highline gets an eight-speed automatic that is optional in the lesser packages. As mentioned, the sporty GLI is available too, but it’s covered in its own article.
Jetta Trendline comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off LED headlights, heated side mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, air conditioning, heated front seats and steering wheel, digital gauge cluster, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, forward collision detection/mitigation, and hill hold assist.
Comfortline’s additions include 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, passive keyless entry, automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, a power driver’s seat with lumbar, leatherette upholstery, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and, in automatic cars, highway driving assist.
Finally, Highline trim adds adaptive headlights, sunroof, heated rear seats, wiper de-icer, leather seating, ventilated front seats, ambient cabin lighting, an upgraded digital gauge display, navigation, and an eight-speaker stereo.
The Jetta’s sole option package is a Comfortline Sport group with unique wheels and bumpers, sunroof, ambient lighting, upgraded digital gauges, LED reading lights, and a sport suspension.
As we write this, Volkswagen has only published fuel consumption estimates for the Jetta’s automatic transmission, which is rated for 7.7/5.7 L/100 km (city/highway) when matched with the car’s new-for-2022 engine.