The beloved Volkswagen Jetta is getting a facelift in 2022.   And the 2022 VW Jetta reveal includes updated styling, engine improvements, and high-tech new features for both the Jetta and Jetta GLI.

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2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI red in concrete studio - driver side front

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 VW Jetta Reveal: A New Take on a Favorite Classic

So, the latest Jetta comes standard with the VW Taos’ EA211 engine.  And this powerplant puts off 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and it’s more fuel-efficient than past versions thanks to its renewed design.

Plus, the engine is paired up with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission for a custom driving experience.

Several things set the EA211 engine apart from similar-sized powerplants:

  • APS-coated cylinders, which lower the amount of friction between the cylinder liner and piston rings.
  • A more efficient cooling module that keeps engine temps low.
  • An updated pressure injection system that’s more efficient at mixing fuel and oxygen.
  • Variable Turbine Geometry (VTR), one of the most advanced turbos available in North America.

In the GLI, VW opted for a more powerful EA888 engine.  So, this one creates 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Additionally, it comes with standard six-speed manual transmission and the option for seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Both models use VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform.   But in the GLI, the platform works with the XDS Cross Differential System and the DCC adaptive damping system for enhanced handling.

2022 VW Jetta Reveal vertical fog light driver side front

Available fog lights

Exterior & Trim Changes In The 2022 VW Jetta Reveal

The Jetta comes in four trims while the Jetta GLI will be available in one.   And the newest addition is the Jetta Sport trim.   Of course, it’s made to appeal to Jetta enthusiasts, the trim comes with the XDS electronic differential lock and dark graphite wheels.   Also, it has a blacked-out grille and specialty seats. The Sport trim replaces the R-Line trim in the latest lineup.

As part of the 2022 VW Jetta reveal, both models are getting new interior and exterior styling.  So, there’s an updated front bumper with chrome accents surrounding the VW logo, honeycomb grille detailing for the GLI.  Plus there are projector LED lights in the highest-end trim models.

Chrome window trim is standard, although the GLI and Sport trim models come with a black window surround.  Further, VW updated the rear bumpers on both cars for a sporty, sleek look.  And the Jetta comes in seven colors while the GLI comes in five.

Technology & Interior Updates

Inside, both models come standard with the VW Digital Cockpit, which is a sleek, user-friendly display.   Also, VW Car-Net is included, with the ability to have in-car wifi if you sign up for an upgraded subscription plan.  And wireless smartphone charging is available.

Other perks include a leather-wrapped steering wheel in the GLI.  As well, heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, and keyless access.

Finally, drivers can upgrade to IQ.DRIVE technology in all trim models.  This semi-autonomous driving system allows for blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, front and rear traffic alerts, and emergency braking.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta Reveal GLI interior cockpit focus with red accent lights and stitching

VW Digital Cockpit standard

2022 Jetta Reveal In The Rearview Mirror

Overall, Jetta and its sportier sibling GLI have been one of the most accessible VW models for more than four decades.   For sure, it’s a great mix of affordability, comfort, and performance.   And the 2022 VW Jetta reveal is exciting since drivers can get all the basics that they love in the sedan.  Plus a bunch of styles and feature updates — like IQ.DRIVE, the VW Digital Cockpit, and more.


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