2021 Volkswagen Jetta: A Trim Comparison

2021 VW Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is small, incredibly fuel-efficient, and has plenty of features that make it worth the price. Each trim offers a significant step up that can change your day-to-day drive. This detailed breakdown could help you pick which one is right for you.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta Trim Comparisons

The Volkswagen Jetta offers seven terrific trims to choose from, each offering remarkable performance and essential features for your daily commute. Read on to learn more about each trim level and what it has to offer you!

2021 VW Jetta


The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta S has a starting MSRP of $18,995 and can get up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. That’s some insanely competitive gas mileage.

Since it’s the base model, it doesn’t have a lot of the flair that you might find with the more expensive versions, but it’s still pretty respectable. Some of the highlights include LED Headlights and Taillights, a rear vision camera, and a 6.5″ composition color touch-screen sound system. It’ll also link up with your Apple or Android smartphones and you’ll get a Wi-Fi hotspot!

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The Jetta SE has a starting MSRP of $22,895. That small price jump offers enough new features to be a good deal for those who can afford it. It has the same engine and gas mileage, but its new features give a much-needed upgraded feel. Things like app connect, heated seats, keyless entry, sunroof, and driver assistance up the fun factor. The fact that heated seats are added in the Volkswagen Jetta SE is great considering many models from competitors don’t include them until you get to the higher-tier options. Another feature that usually shows up in higher-end trims is the SE’s blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alerts. The SE is certainly worth the extra cost.


In 2021, Volkswagen has expanded its Jetta lineup to include the R-Line that so many Volkswagen fans have come to love. Starting at $22,795, this racing-inspired take on the Jetta is a beautiful car. It shares the same great engine that the rest of the Jetta lineup does. The main differences are the R-Line details on the handles, bumpers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more. It has two-tone leatherette seats and sleek wheels that will make you feel like this car belongs on the racetrack.

2021 VW Jetta wheel


The SEL takes the Jetta to a new level while only increasing the price to $25,795. It’s kept the same great engine featured on the other Jetta trims but improves in other areas. The SEL comes with some great entertainment and safety features. It includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel, an 8″ touchscreen display, eight-speaker Beats audio, leatherette seating, and beautiful 10-color customizable interior ambient lighting. Its safety features include Lane Assist, Forward Collision Warning, adaptive cruise control and a rear-view camera. It even has rain-sensing windshield wipers!

SEL Premium

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium ups its features even more, but the price tag only goes up to $28,045. It takes comfort to another level. In addition to being heated, the front seats are genuine leather with adjustable lumbar support. It also takes everything great we’ve seen so far and wraps them into one great package. This includes all of the safety features we’ve seen, the keyless entry and push-to-start engine, 8″ touchscreen display, Beats audio, and interior ambient lighting. It’s an amazing car.


The GLI S starts at  $26,345 and comes standard with a manual transmission. Additions in this trim are designed to improve performance. There’s a sport steering wheel, performance front brakes, and additional driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The touchscreen is a 6.5-inch screen and there’s six-speaker audio.

2021 VW Jetta

GLI Autobahn

The GLI Autobahn trims starts at $30,745. This trim has all of the most luxurious features offered from the previous trim along with a few extras. You get the power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated seats with real leather upholstery, an 8-inch touch display, BeatsAudio stereo, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, sunroof, wireless device charging, and satellite radio, among many others. Driver assistance features like lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

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