Volkswagen Jetta Trim Levels Comparison


If you’re stuck trying to choose between the Volkswagen Jetta trim levels, your head might be spinning. Not only do they come in at various prices, but they have different features and aesthetics as well.

If you are interested in a new VW Jetta for sale, you can visit Gunther Volkswagen Delray Beach for some help with this decision. Otherwise, keep reading for thorough information about each of these trim levels before you head to our dealership.

What Are the Available Volkswagen Jetta Trim Levels?

You have five different options when it comes to the available Volkswagen Jetta trim levels. These choices leave a lot of room for adjustment, as each model has subtle changes that make it unique, and it can produce a more challenging final decision.

Here are the five available 2022 VW Jetta trims:

  • 2022 Volkswagen Jetta S
  • 2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sport
  • 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SE
  • 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

Volkswagen Jetta Trim Levels Explained

What is the difference between the different trim levels? Well, you have to look at the exterior design, interior features, and what lies underneath its hood. Together, these combine to create distinctive trims, and each aspect is something you must consider.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta S

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta S is your value-packed entry-level model. When you look at the exterior, you will notice 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, power-operated side mirrors, and automatic headlights with the coming/leaving home feature.

The standard features of this entry point to the Volkswagen Jetta trim levels include soft cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and cruise control. It also contains technology features like the VW digital cockpit, USB-C ports for newer devices, a 6.5-inch color touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth® connectivity, and Volkswagen Car-Net® capabilities.

Safety is well accounted for no matter which of the Volkswagen Jetta trim levels you choose, as even this base model is equipped with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor, pedestrian monitoring, the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), a rear-view camera, a crash-optimized front end, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

A look under the hood will reveal a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This engine will give you 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The equipped drivetrain is front-wheel drive, and if you're looking for easy, smooth-shifting action, you can choose to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Keep in mind this is the base model, and the other VW Jetta trim levels build on these great features. But even then, the VW Jetta S gets you there and back in comfort and with excellent fuel efficiency.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sport

The Volkswagen Jetta Sport is designed to upgrade your style, performance, and comfort. It transforms your Jetta sedan's exterior with 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, stylish sport bumpers, exquisite black-painted side mirror caps, a black grille, black window trim, and heated, power-operated side mirror functionality.

On the inside, you'll find sport seats with comfort-enhancing side bolsters and eye-catching contrast stitching. Otherwise, you'll find all the great tech, comfort, and safety features of the 2022 Jetta S trim level.

The engine and drivetrain are the same across all the VW Jetta trim levels. But, the VW Jetta Sport is special due to its standard XDS Cross Differential System® for precise, agile handling during turns.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta SE

Next up for the Volkswagen Jetta trim levels is the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SE. It has the same exterior features as the VW Jetta Sport trim but adds rain-sensing windshield wipers.

When you look at the interior, a few noticeable changes are the Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control, heated six-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, keyless entry with push-button start, and premium V-Tex leatherette upholstery.

All of the standard safety features of the VW Jetta S are here, except the SE trim does add a travel assist feature, lane assistance, and an emergency assist.

The drivetrain and engine in this trim are the same as before. But, of course, if you're looking for truly sporty sedan thrills, the VW Jetta GLI and its high-performance engine will satisfy. However, the transmission in the Jetta SE is different as it is an eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic® shifting and sport mode.

It is quite a leap from the base model in terms of functionality, making the price well worth it for the luxury and extra safety in your VW Jetta.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

The top-of-the-line 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SEL puts you on a deluxe path as they added more features and changes to enhance this model's overall design. You will realize it is well worth the price as you explore the standard features. It will add distinct 17-inch metallic alloy wheels, LED projector headlights, a power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, and heated windshield washer nozzles for those dreaded winter months.

Regarding the interior, the price increase becomes clear with additions like 10-color customizable interior ambient lighting, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), an auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, heated/ventilated front seats, a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats. The technology becomes even more advanced with two front USB-C data ports, a BeatsAudio® sound system, an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, remote start, a wireless smartphone charger, and the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro.

Safety also sees an upgrade with the addition of lane assist and high beam control. When combined with the other safety features, you will never be afraid to head off for a long drive on your own ever again.

Once again, the engine and drivetrain are the same, but the transmission goes back to the eight-speed automatic you saw in the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta SE. You will see an upgrade to its performance since now you have selectable driver modes, including sport, eco, standard, and custom.

Volkswagen Jetta Packages

When it comes to available packages for the Volkswagen Jetta, you have some great options. You can upgrade your wheels and add carrier bars to the roof (among other accessories).

You can also add a Cold Weather Package to select lower Volkswagen Jetta trim levels, which will give you heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated windshield washer nozzles. It is also possible to add a Driver Assistance package to the base model VW Jetta S with all of the advanced safety features of the higher models.

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Volkswagen Atlas Trim Level Comparison Chart

Style Combined MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seating
R-Line 34 147.0-hp, 1.4 liter, 4 Cylinder M/T FWD 5
S 33 147.0-hp, 1.4 liter, 4 Cylinder 8-Speed A/T FWD 5
SE 33 147.0-hp, 1.4 liter, 4 Cylinder 8-Speed A/T FWD 5
SEL 33 147.0-hp, 1.4 liter, 4 Cylinder 8-Speed A/T FWD 5
SEL Premium 33 147.0-hp, 1.4 liter, 4 Cylinder 8-Speed A/T FWD 5

Do you want to take a closer look at your favorite Volkswagen Jetta trim levels? Visit us at Gunther Volkswagen Delray Beach, and we will gladly show them off to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Did this Volkswagen Jetta trim levels comparison stir up some questions inside of your head? Read on to see some answers to common customer inquiries that might give you some insight into your own.

Which Jetta trim is the best?

Overall, this is a subjective answer, based on your financial situation and personal vehicle needs. However, the Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium is the best as it is the top trim level, although many will find that the Volkswagen Jetta SEL has everything they need.

If you can go without leather upholstery and an exterior valance, then you can probably settle for the lower model and feel great about your decision.

What is the difference between the Jetta SE and SEL?

If you look more closely at the Volkswagen Jetta trim levels of the VW Jetta SE and VW Jetta SEL, you will notice several differences. It will have the cold weather package already included in the price and bigger wheels on top of it. They elevated the interior with incredible technology, premium comfort, improved audio, and advanced safety features.

Its performance will also be different as it provides you with four selectable drive modes, while the Volkswagen Jetta SE only gives you a sport mode option.

What does GLI mean on a Jetta?

The main difference between your fundamental Volkswagen Jetta and the more advanced Volkswagen Jetta GLI comes with its performance. The VW Jetta GLI will provide you with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection and 228-horsepower.

You will also be able to add the DCC® adaptive chassis control if you want the ability to alter the firmness of your suspension. The interior and exterior design is upgraded as well and gives off a sportier persona.

VW Jetta Trim Levels - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)