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Volkswagen Jetta 2022 Review: A Better Compact SUV

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# Volkswagen Jetta 2022 Review: A Better Compact SUV

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta has been upgraded with more standard features, making it a strong contender in the compact car market. In a segment that includes rivals like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda 3, the Jetta stands out with its added safety and convenience features this year.

## Exterior and Interior Updates

The 2022 Jetta features new front and rear lower bumpers, along with standard LEDs for the headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. Inside, there’s an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster, contrast stitching on the doors and armrests, and new seat patterns in cloth or leather. The Jetta now boasts a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine from the VW Taos crossover, and introduces a new Sport trim with added style elements like 17-inch alloy wheels and an electronic limited-slip front differential.

## Performance and Efficiency

The Jetta offers a new turbo engine that balances power and fuel economy. The base model comes with a 1.5-liter turbo-4 engine that accelerates from 0-60 mph in under eight seconds. For those seeking more performance, the GLI model comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that delivers 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Despite its spirited performance, the Jetta maintains impressive fuel efficiency ratings.

## Safety Features

The 2022 Jetta comes equipped with standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and pedestrian detection. While it excels in crash tests, the base headlights received a “Poor” rating from the IIHS. However, it offers a full suite of driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control and active lane control.

## Interior Comfort and Space

Inside, the Jetta provides a spacious cabin with ample rear legroom. With 94.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Jetta offers a comfortable ride for both daily commutes and family trips. The Jetta’s rear seats fold down to increase cargo flexibility, although trunk space is limited.

## Pricing and Trim Levels

Starting at $21,460, the 2022 Jetta offers exceptional value for compact car shoppers. The new Sport trim adds enhanced features for a modest price increase, while higher trims like the SE and SEL offer additional luxury amenities. The Jetta GLI Autobahn tops the lineup with a host of premium features at a competitive price.

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta is a practical choice for those looking for a reliable, well-equipped compact sedan. With its balanced performance, spacious interior, and strong value proposition, the Jetta stands out in a crowded market segment.

*Image Source: Darren Brode / Shutterstock*

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