Revised engine, safety tech added to new Volkswagen Jetta in USA


The Volkswagen Jetta range has just been refreshed in the US. All Jetta models are now powered by the revised 1.5-liter turbo engine found in the Taos, while the top-variety GLI keeps its two-liter mill. A Sport variant was added, while the exterior sees revised front and rear ends, new colors, and wheels.

Inside the Jetta, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and Car-Net telematics with Wi-Fi capability is now standard. The same can be said for the safety tech such as Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. The rest of the range can have IQ. Drive as an option, while the feature is standard on GLI.

The 1.5-liter turbocharged and direct-injection EA211 engine makes 158hp. It also features Volkswagen’s modified version of the Miller cycle, where the intake valves are closed early in the induction stroke to help with fuel economy, and has a very high compression ratio of up to 11.5:1.

Thanks to those enhancements, the Jetta's mill gives a "combination of low-speed torque and competitive fuel economy." The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.


Under the Jetta GLI's hood is a two-liter EA888 engine with 228hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

Jetta and GLI models are based the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform architecture. Both models feature a strut-type front suspension, with Jetta offering a torsion beam rear setup, while GLI models have a multi-link rear suspension.

Dubbed as the “GTI with a trunk,” GLI boasts the sophisticated electronically controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential, which works in tandem with the XDS Cross Differential System and DCC adaptive damping.

New for 2022 is the Jetta Sport trim, which features "enthusiast-inspired content at a value-oriented price point." The XDS electronic differential lock and dark graphite 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard, along with a blacked-out grille, mirror caps and window trim, black headliner, and unique cloth sport seats.


On their exteriors, the Jetta and GLI wear styling updates with new front and rear bumpers, new colors and new wheels. The revised front end calls a new grille, with two distinctive chrome bars flanking the VW logo, as its highlight.

On the GLI, its characteristic red accent strip sits between the bars, and the lower front fascia features the legacy honeycomb detail. LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs) are standard, with top trim Jetta models and GLI having projector LEDs.

The compact sedans' IQ. Drive includes Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, among other features. Light Assist, which dims the high beams when it senses oncoming traffic, is also fitted. 

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