Practical Yet Far From Boring
The Jetta has been a torchbearer for the Volkswagen brand, defining affordable German engineering. This year, Jetta welcomes a Fresh Design, Better Technology and Driver Assistance Features to make it a complete package
2023 Jetta and Jetta GLI in Oakville, Ontario
- Jetta models are powered by the optimized 1.5-litre TSI turbocharged engine found in the 2023 Jetta, while GLI keeps the 2.0-litre TSI engine
- Trim offerings streamlined to provide great value, including new Sport trim
- Exterior style updated with revised front and rear ends, new colors and wheels
- Revised interior features standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and Car-Net® telematics with Wi-Fi capability
- Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert standard on Jetta; IQ.DRIVE® driver assistance is available on Jetta, standard on GLI
On the outside, the Jetta and GLI get a style update with new front and rear bumpers, new colors and new wheels. The revised front end incorporates a new front bumper featuring a new grille with two distinctive chrome bars flanking the VW logo. On the GLI, its characteristic red accent strip sits between the bars, and the lower front fascia features the legacy honeycomb detail. LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRLs) are standard, with top-trim Jetta models and GLI having projector LEDs.
At the side, chrome window trim is standard, while the new Sport trim Jetta and GLI feature black window surround. The distinctive side profile of the Jetta remains with its strong character line carrying from the front fender through to the standard LED taillights. All models receive new rear bumpers; GLI adds a black honeycomb diffuser and a wider dual exhaust, which features improved acoustics for 2022. The 2023 Jetta will be available in seven exterior colors—including new Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Metallic, and Rising Blue Metallic—and the GLI will offer five colors. There are unique wheels on each trim, ranging from 16-inch aluminum alloys as standard on Jetta to 18-inch alloys as standard on GLI, and two optional black-wheel packages.
The Jetta and GLI boast upgraded technology and design updates throughout their cabins. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster now comes standard with an 8-inch display on Jetta, and the 10-inch Digital Cockpit Pro on GLI. Both cars also feature standard Volkswagen Car-Net® with in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. On top Jetta trims and the GLI, MIB3 infotainment is standard, along with wireless charging and wireless App-Connect for compatible devices. New rhombus cloth seats are standard, as is contrast stitching throughout the cockpit. Leatherette and leather seating surfaces are available on Jetta models, with the latter available in a new Volcano Brown and black two-tone palette. GLI features red contrast stitching throughout the interior and perforated leather seats with red underlay.
The refreshed Jetta adopts the 1.5-liter turbocharged and direct-injection EA211 engine found in the recently-launched Taos compact SUV. Making 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the powerplant features Volkswagen’s modified version of the Miller cycle, where the intake valves are closed early in the induction stroke to help with fuel economy, and has a very high compression ratio of up to 11.5 to one. The upshot is a combination of low-speed torque and competitive fuel economy. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Jetta GLI is powered by the 2.0-liter EA888 engine, producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.
IQ.DRIVE® driver assistance technology is available from the entry Jetta trim. IQ.DRIVE includes Front Assist (Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring), Active Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Assist (Lane Keeping System), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Stop and Go, Travel Assist (semi-automated driving assistance), and Emergency Assist (semi-automated vehicle assistance in a medical emergency). Base Jetta models come standard with Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert, and can be optioned with the IQ.DRIVE package to round out the feature set (Emergency Assist available on automatic models only). Jetta models come standard with IQ.DRIVE from the mid-trim and up, as does the GLI. Light Assist (High Beam Control for headlights) is also available.