2022 Volkswagen Jetta - New sporty trim replaces R-Line as the highlight | Mini Auto

 Starting price is about $20,000 USD

Volkswagen of America is bidding on advertising for the Passat with a limited edition due to declining sales, but the smaller Jetta is here to stay as the compact sedan's popularity grows. Year-to-date sales are up 5%, making it the third best-selling model in the company's portfolio in the United States. It also ranked first in name awareness, along with second in brand loyalty.

Compact vehicles are an endangered species in the US market. No longer relevant ; don't play golf as often anymore; and may no longer be the standard Veloster , while models like Cruze , Fiesta , Focus have been around for a long time. And the Volkswagen Jetta is still here.

(Last week, Volkswagen took me to Romulus, Michigan and gave me an Atlas to drive to Birmingham, Michigan, where we had a nice dinner and I stayed overnight before VW introduced the Jetta. at a location in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the next morning. That's more time than I ever thought I'd be in suburban Detroit.)

Ask yourself: If you were entering the market today for a new car that starts at under $20,000, what would you buy? The most obvious answer is something Japanese or Korean, something like the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Hyundai Elantra, or most obviously the Toyota Corolla.

And then there's the Volkswagen Jetta, now in its seventh generation, a German car made in Mexico and part of the VW sedan family that VW says still accounts for 29% of its production. Jetta's sales fell 18% last year in the US, but rose 5% globally; Demand for Jetta remains strong, if not here.

Still, the Jetta is here to stay, with long-term plans to be decided, a non-electric vehicle with a non-electric performance variant in the GLI, both of which feel like the best dinosaurs . The Jetta 2022 has a new rear bumper, different styling on the front, new font for badges, standard LED headlights, updated interior and three new colors of blue, red and white, but no green. . On the GLI there are dual sports exhaust pipes. Optional on the regular Jetta and standard on the GLI for 2022 are heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and a 10-inch screen, 2 inches larger than the front.

The regular Jetta is powered by a 158hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, you can get a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, which is an improvement over the 1. ,4-liter four-cylinder. makes 147 hp in the 2021 model year. The 2022 GLI has the same 228 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the 2021 version, also with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission; VW says about half of GLI buyers use manual vehicles.

Safety is also a theme with the new Jetta, with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and forward cross-traffic assist with pedestrian monitoring now standard, and lane and light assist and other tech standards on the GLI and optionally on the regular Jetta.

Born for 2022 on the GLI is the base S trim, with only the Autobahn offered, in addition to a black package, because, well, that's the trim most buyers bought. VW doesn't release pricing, but says that for both models we can expect modest gains for 2022; The regular 2021 Jetta starts at $18,995, while the 2021 GLI Autobahn starts at $30,745.

Jetta is now its own sub-brand in China, while in Europe it no longer exists; The GLI is basically only for the US, as Europe prefers the GTI. And while I don't know what Volkswagen is doing in the US, but exactly - it's not making money here - it's a welcome situation for consumers, since Volkswagen is the second-largest automaker in the world. world and on the other hand, it's hard to drop into the US any time soon.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta - New sporty trim replaces R-Line as the highlight | Mini Auto 2022 Volkswagen Jetta - New sporty trim replaces R-Line as the highlight | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on August 25, 2021 Rating: 5

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