2023 Volkswagen Jetta: A Trim Comparison

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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.

2023 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!

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The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta S has a starting MSRP of $20,415 and can get up to 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. That’s some insanely competitive gas mileage. The new base engine for 2022 is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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 and a four-speaker sound system. It’ll also link up with your Apple or Android smartphones and you’ll get a Wi-Fi hotspot!

Other features include an 8-inch digital cockpit, heated outside mirrors and a a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat. For plugging in all your electronic devices, there are two USB ports onboard.

Safety features come standard this year. There’s a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection designed to help prevent accidents before they happen. However, it’s no substitute for safe, alert driving. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard as well.

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The Sport trim starts at $21,315. This model adds black accents to the grill, mirror caps, headliner and window trim. Interior changes include the XDS differential sport seats and rear center-seat arm rest.


The Jetta SE has a starting MSRP of $24,145. 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 comes standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, its new features give a much-needed upgraded feel. Things like synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control and adjustable driver’s seat add to the comfort factor of the new Jetta.

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. Other features that usually show up in higher-end trims but are standard with the SE trim are proximity keyless entry and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Lastly, there’s a push-button ignition.

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The SEL takes the Jetta to a new level while only increasing the price to $28,145. It’s kept the same great engine featured on the other Jetta trims but improves in other areas. The SEL comes with superior comfort and safety features. As for seating, it includes leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated rear seats and ventilated front ones. The interior boasts a panoramic sunroof and interior ambient lighting adding to the vehicle’s luxurious feel. An 8″ touchscreen display, nine-speaker Beats audio, wireless device charging and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster are all standard convenience features with this trim. Along with them, you’ll get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation and satellite radio.

GLI Autobahn

The GLI Autobahn trims starts at $31,345. This trim has all of the luxury features offered from the previous trim, along with some performance part upgrades. For one, there’s the adaptive damping suspension system. A limited-slip differential, performance front brakes and variable ratio steering are standard too. The interior offers a sport steering wheel and drive mode selection. For an additional $800, you can add on a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

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