The base engine will be the 1.5L miller cycle four-cylinder out of the Taos
Epa estimated mileage will be 35 MPG (6.7 L/100km) combined for the S trim with the automatic transmission
The Jetta receives a mild makeover for the 2022 model year.
Volkswagen is bringing some changes to its Jetta compact sedan for the 2022 model year.
The new model will have revised bumpers, wheels, lights and grilles to make it more closely resemble the newer models in the company’s lineup. On the inside, the base model will gain an 8-inch digital gauge cluster that was previously reserved for the more expensive versions.
The previous R-Line trim will be replaced by a new one called Sport, and as its name indicates, it will give the Jetta a sportier appearance than the other versions in the range, but also better performance, since it will be equipped with an electronically locking front differential.
This new engine will bring increased performance due to its higher power output (158 horsepower instead of 147 for the 1.4L), but also better fuel economy.
In order to achieve this, the engine uses the Miller cycle, most famously used on the Mazda Millenia over 20 years ago.
The Miller cycle closes the intake valves early in the induction strokes in order to improve fuel economy. This also has the added benefit of boosting low-end torque, which should make the Jetta feel more responsive in city driving.
With the 8-speed automatic transmission, the base level Jetta S will return 31MPG in the city, 41 MPG on the highway and 35MPG combined (7.6 L/100 km city, 5.7 L/100 km highway, 6.7 L/100 km combined).
The available 6-speed manual transmission will knock 2 MPG (+ 0.5 L/100 km) in the city, but it will add 2 MPG (- 0.5 L/100 km) on the highway, so if your commute involves more highway than city driving, the manual option could be the most efficient for you.
The Sporty Jetta GLI also returns for 2022, but it uses a different, 2.0L engine that should be good for 30 MPG (7.8 L/100 km) combined with either the 6-speed manual or the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.