By: Max Chace - Product Specialist

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Let’s be honest, the Jetta has always been a fantastic car for many reasons. Technology, value, fuel economy, space—when you’re already such a great package, there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken! Bearing this in mind, Volkswagen took the Jetta formula and perfected it for 2022. I’m a big proponent of the Jetta and this upcoming refresh, and I’ll explain why.

The 1.4 TSI which returned unbelievably good fuel economy has been upgraded. Replacing it is the 1.5 TSI evo, an engine which proves to be even more efficient than its predecessor—boosting the output by 11 horsepower. More powerful and more efficient. How’s that for an upgrade? The 1.5 has new cylinder deactivation technology that helps conserve fuel and also carries over the preexisting Auto Stop/Start system from the earlier engine.

The exterior has been tastefully updated. I’m particularly a fan of the new wheel designs that are being introduced in 2022—while I liked the ‘snowflake’ looking wheel of the Jetta S in the past, the new updated wheels are better looking and more sporty. There is a new ‘Sport’ trim that replaces the R-Line, and this gains its own unique exterior flare and wheel options. New front and rear bumper designs round off the look, plus a newly designed grille and updated Volkswagen logo which we first saw with the introduction of the Atlas Cross Sport. Some fans still favor the more reserved look of the pre-2019 sixth-generation Jetta (one of which if owned in GLI flavor), but I would be lying if I didn’t admit the new Jetta design has grown on me since it’s introduction. The larger grille design is a departure from the previous generation, but it’s common attribute in the design language of recent cars, and really doesn’t detract from the Jetta’s handsome front facia.

Next, the interior. I was already pretty comfortable with the seats and material choices in the 7th generation Jetta, and these are largely carried over. The same great MIB 3 infotainment is present with the digital cockpit, plus lower trim levels get a new standard digital cockpit. Yes, even the Jetta S gets a digital cockpit standard! The Beats audio system remains in the Jetta SEL (which becomes the top trim, no more SEL Premium). The SEL keeps the great heated and ventilated seats and gains a new Volcano Brown color.

How could I forget the tech! The I.Q. Drive suite of driver’s assistance systems are available on the Jetta S and standard on all trims. That means you gain the semi-autonomous driver’s assistance mode entitled Travel Assist. When activated, the Jetta combines the functions of Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), allowing the vehicle to essentially drive itself on the highway. The driver must remain in control of the vehicle and always keep hands on the steering wheel for safety, though. Then on the interior, you get wireless charging and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay! The car is loaded with tech, seriously.

The hot-footed 2022 Jetta GLI also receives a refresh, which I will cover in a separate entry. Many of the changes that are present on the Jetta mentioned above also translate to the GLI, but there are some distinct differences. Plus, with the new eighth-generation GTI launching, we’ll need to compare the differences between that and the Jetta GLI. If you have any questions, reach out to us here at Langan Volkswagen and stay tuned to the Log in 2022 for more!

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