2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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  • Overview

    A white 22 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn is angled left.

    Volkswagen has been building the Jetta compact sedan continuously since 1979, making it one of the longest-running and most popular models in its segment. In 1984, the engineers at Volkswagen decided to give drivers the option of a high-performance Jetta with the introduction of the GLI. Volkswagen has always been one of the most innovative automakers in the world, which is why it decided to give folks a fully refreshed 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI for

    the new year. While the updated Jetta GLI retains the same powertrain as the prior year’s model, the 2022 version improves performance with a more aerodynamic profile and comes with a standard trim called the Autobahn.

    The exterior on the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI features a new glossy black honeycomb grille that replaces the chrome one on the prior year’s model, as well as a “phase,” a narrow strip that runs along the roofline. The interior of the Jetta GLI has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, with Titan Black perforated leather seats with a red underlay. The front seats on the 2022 Jetta GLI are heated and ventilated.

    Volkswagen shows its commitment to technology with the MIB3 infotainment system on the 2022 Jetta GLI. MIB3 stands for the third generation of the modular infotainment matrix, and the 2022 version features an 8-inch color display screen. Volkswagen has designed this to connect your smartphones to the MIB3 wirelessly, so you won’t have to mess around with annoying phone cables. What’s more, there is wireless charging for your compatible devices, making it easier than ever to keep connected and charged while out on the road in your Jetta GLI. When it comes to sound, it will be hard to beat the BeatsAudio system on the 2022 Jetta GLI, with its 12-channel, 400-watt amplifier. This will help turn your Volkswagen into a self-propelled party!


    Horsepower (hp)


    Torque (lb-ft)

    30 [b]

    Fuel Economy (mpg)

    Starting at

    $30,995 [a]

  • Performance

    A grey 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is shown parked on a city street.

    A Turbocharged Engine

    Every car that describes itself as a performance vehicle has to have an efficient and powerful engine. This is certainly the case with the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and its EA888 2.0-liter I-4 engine. This engine features a turbocharger to boost performance and direct injection to improve efficiency. Its cast-iron cylinder block and aluminum alloy cylinder heads utilize a double overhead camshaft design for its 16-valves. The 2022 Jetta GLI is also enhanced by the engine’s variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides, with a variable exhaust valve lift. As a result, the engine on the Jetta GLI can produce 228 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm.

    Two Transmission Options

    Volkswagen gives you a choice of two different transmissions on the 2022 Jetta GLI. You can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. There is a slight price difference between the two, with the dual-clutch costing a bit more than the manual. Both transmissions will give you exceptional control over your engine performance, with the 7-speed dual-clutch providing a more sport-like performance than you would get from a standard automatic transmission.

    Responsive Handling

    As you would expect on a performance sports sedan, the 2022 Jetta GLI features a special sport-tuned suspension that helps it stand out from a standard 2022 Volkswagen Jetta. The rear is a multi-link independent suspension for a smooth ride instead of the simpler torsion beam design found in the normal Jetta. The DCC adaptive damping system comes standard on the Jetta GLI and will give you a firm feel for the road without jolting your passengers.

    The Jetta GLI features an XDS Cross Differential System, which is an electronic version of a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential. This adjusts braking to the driven inside wheel to reduce understeer, allowing you to maintain stability while improving cornering. The progressive variable-ratio electric power steering system on the Jetta GLI also gives you absolute control of your sedan, with a tight turning circle of 36.7-feet, so you will have little problem making even on the sharpest turns.

    Efficient Fuel Economy

    One of the pleasant surprises about the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is its great fuel economy. The 2022 model actually improves upon the already impressive numbers achieved by the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Both the 6-speed manual transmission and 7-speed dual-clutch models will give you 26 miles per gallon in the city and a combined 30 miles per gallon.[b] The only difference is that the 6-speed manual is rated for 37 miles per gallon in highway driving, 1 mile per gallon better than the 7-speed dual-clutch.[b] In general, the 2022 Jetta GLI gets you about a 2-mile per gallon improvement over the prior year’s model. In a time of spiking gas prices, this is a nice added benefit, especially as this was achieved without sacrificing any of the car’s exceptional performance.

  • Interior Space

    The black interior of a 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI shows the steering wheel.

    A Roomier Interior

    One concern that many drivers have about smaller sedans is that they will be cramped. This is not the case with the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. There is plenty of room for up to five passengers in this performance compact sedan. What’s more, the designers at Volkswagen have done an expert job of apportioning the interior space between the front and rear rows of seats. As a result, the rear seat is truly usable in the Jetta GLI, something that cannot be said about many other small sport sedans from other automakers.

    There are a total of 94.7 cubic feet of passenger space in the 2022 Jetta GLI, with 51.2 cubic feet in the front row and 43.5 cubic feet in the back. As a result, front-row passengers will enjoy 38.5 inches of headroom and 41.1 inches of legroom, while a passenger in the back will appreciate having 37.2 inches of headroom and 37.4 inches of legroom. Overall, the interior of the Jetta GLI feels bigger than it actually is, showing an attention to efficient space optimization that helps set the 2022 Jetta GLI apart from other performance compact sedans.

    Plenty of Space for Luggage

    The trunk space on the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI also sets it apart from other cars in its vehicle class. There are a full 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, allowing this car to carry suitcases, groceries, and more with ease. The split-folding 60/40 rear seats allow you to extend the trunk space for larger items, which will allow you to use your Jetta GLI for road trips with all your friends and family members.

  • Safety Features

    A black 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is shown from the rear driving on a ramp.

    Making Safety Standard

    Volkswagen has made safety standard on the 2022 Jetta GLI with a whole host of features as part of its IQ.DRIVE advanced driver assistance technology. IQ.DRIVE includes many safety features found on other vehicles in the segment, as well as some that are unique to Volkswagen.

    The intelligent crash response system will turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and turn on the hazard lights in the unfortunate event that you are involved in a major collision. Turning off the fuel pump reduces the chances of a fire, while unlocking the doors will make it easier for you and your passengers to exit the vehicle safely or allow rescuers to reach you.

    The Jetta GLI features an automatic post-collision braking system. In many instances, the worst parts of an accident occur when there is a chain of collisions initiated by one crash. This feature reduces the chances of such a series of collisions by activating the emergency brakes as soon as the car’s airbag sensors detect a primary collision. This will, in turn, reduce the chances of personal injury resulting from such a crash.

    Avoiding Accidents

    One of the most interesting standard safety features on the 2022 Jetta GLI is Travel Assist. This is a form of semi-autonomous hands-on driving that combines a number of different IQ.DRIVE systems to achieve this function. Lane assist keeps the Jetta GLI in your lane, making slight steering adjustments to follow the lane markers. Meanwhile, adaptive cruise control with stop and go accelerates and applies the brakes as necessary to maintain a safe stopping distance behind the vehicle in front of your Jetta GLI. Keep in mind that these features will only work as long as you keep your hands on the steering wheel.

    While Travel Assist makes driving more fun and relaxing, other features of IQ.DRIVE are designed specifically to avoid collisions. Front assist combines forward collision warning to alert you that you are too close to the vehicle in front of you with an autonomous emergency braking system that allows the Jetta GLI to apply the brakes immediately upon such warning, reducing the chances of a crash. The standard blind spot monitor makes it safer to change lanes on your 2022 Jetta GLI, as the system will alert you if there is another vehicle traveling in either of your vehicle’s blind spots. Finally, rear traffic alert gives you a 180-degree view of the area behind your Jetta GLI and will alert you if there is a vehicle or pedestrian in your path. This will help you avoid a collision when you are backing up, one of the most common types of accidents.

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