View Photos of the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

View Photos of the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

Michael SimariCar and Driver

The mainstream Volkswagen Jetta isn’t nearly as fun to drive as the GLI variant, but it will still be a compelling choice for many sedan buyers on a budget. A new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine highlights the changes for 2022.

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The 2022 VW Jetta has yet to join its Golf counterpart on the new Mk 8 platform but it does get some updates this year.

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Outside, the 2022 Jetta sports a new grille and redesigned front bumper.

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Under the hood, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine replaces last year’s 1.4-liter turbo-four.

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The new engine brings a horsepower bump from 147 to 158, while torque is unchanged at 184 pound-feet. A six-speed manual transmission is still available on the base and Sport trims. The SE and SEL get an eight-speed automatic.

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The new engine helps cut the 60-mph time from 7.7 seconds to 7.1.

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The Jetta’s fuel economy improves slightly for most versions. Our tested SEL model has EPA estimates of 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

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For 2022, all Jettas now come standard with a digital instrument cluster.

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Happily, the Jetta so far has been spared the annoying touch-sensitive infotainment controls found in the ID.4 and the newer GTI.

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The Jetta’s interior is roomy for four, but the interior materials are less than impressive.

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The Jetta’s pricing starts at $21,360 for the Jetta S. The top-of-the-line SEL opens at $29,090.

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