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News 2022 Volkswagen Jetta gets Facelift, New Engine, and More Tech

2022 Volkswagen Jetta gets Facelift, New Engine, and More Tech

Seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta is significantly refreshed for 2022


  • Front and rear facias updated.

  • Gets turbocharged 1.5-litre engine from the Taos.

  • Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit now standard.


Despite the rush to SUVs, the small car segment remains crucial in Canada. Volkswagen’s Jetta arrived back in 1980 and has long been a near-premium alternative to the competition. The current 7th generation Jetta arrived for the 2019 model meaning that it is now ripe for a mid-cycle update.

The most significant change is the introduction of the new Taos’ turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. Its 158 horsepower bests the outgoing 1.4-litre’s 147 however torque is unchanged at 184 lb.-ft. Fuel economy is improved and both the 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission are available.

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Physically, the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI feature a new front bumper and a revised grille with details unique to each version. Rear bumpers are also new. The Jetta will be offered in seven colours including new King’s Red Metallic, while the GLI will be available in four colours. Each trim (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, and GLI) will get specific alloy wheels.

Onboard, Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit instrument cluster is now standard as is an 8-inch display on Jetta Trendline and Comfortline trims. The 10-inch, fully configurable Digital Cockpit Pro is included with Jetta Highline and GLI models. Volkswagen’s Car-Net remote connectivity is now included with the Comfortline, Highline, and GLI. Other added features include a standard heated steering wheel, new cloth seats, and contrast stitching. Finally, the Highline and GLI trims get standard leather heated and ventilated front and heated rear outer seats.

“The Jetta has consistently delivered the value, safety, and fun-to-drive characteristics Canadians want in a sedan,” said Pierre Boutin, President of Volkswagen Canada. “The 2022 models up the ante with a fresh design, better technology, and more access to the driver assistance features buyers are looking for. The GLI model goes one step further, giving enthusiasts a great option for a classic, affordable, European-designed sport sedan.”

The new 2022 Volkswagen Jetta arrives in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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