2021 Volkswagen Jetta

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta
2021 Volkswagen Jetta

Key specs

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The good:

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Roomy interior, trunk
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

The bad:

  • Interior quality falls off in rear seat
  • Steering needs more feel
  • Interior design not as upscale as some rivals

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Performance-oriented GLI version available

2021 Volkswagen Jetta review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

The Volkswagen Jetta is a front-wheel-drive compact sedan that seats five and was completely redesigned for 2019. All Jetta trim levels are powered by a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla.

The performance-oriented Jetta GLI comes with a 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. GLI competitors include the Honda Civic Si and Subaru WRX.  

What’s New on the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

SEL and higher trim levels get an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity as well as multiphone pairing. 

What Features in the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity

Available features include: 

  • 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Simulated or real leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Navigation
  • Wireless device charging
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Adaptive cruise control

Should I Buy the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

The 2019 redesign brought a Jetta that was improved in many ways, but arguably at a loss of some of the steering feel and sporty driving manners of the previous version. Driving enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that a manual transmission is still available as well as the sporty GLI version.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


So deadly, So sad, so disappointing.

There are too many issues to list. The worst part is even though I have multiple videos for proof of all issues including the ebrake that releases when the car is off, allowing the car to roll into other parked vehicles ( happened 27times, 3 on video at a casino) everytime I have it looked at, the vw mechanics say " can't duplicate concern " so in the eyes of vw there's nothing wrong . When this car inevitably kills someone, like when it's parked at a grocery store and it unexpectedly rolls over a child. I hope the parents sue vw and end up with millions. I have posted reviews, dealt with vw group of America, dealt with multiple dealerships, even driving 6 hrs from home for one, no one cares about the safety of my family and innocent community members. Vw would not buy my car back. Vw you have truly gone to crap. I have owned 16 vw jetts, and I have loved everyone, except this brand new with 3 miles on piece of crap. Older vw, get it. New ones, don't waste your money or time. Because vw doesn't actually care about its consumers. From the 4 hour hold times every single time I try to contact vw of America to the uncapable mechanics working on these cars. Vw is now in my book considered crap. Also when driving I have multiple sensors giving me warnings, then vw says nothings wrong. The front crash assist likes to slam on the brakes when going 60-70mph on highway, when there is no cars or items anywhere. If this car does not kill me, it will kill someone else. Thank you vw, I am now paying for a crap car that's deadly to drive, and paying for the removal of my beloved vw tattoo. Words can't describe the level of disappointment I feel after buying my very first "off the showroom floor, brand new jetta I worked for years to buy" And nope can't get them on a lemon law, because the vw mechanics say there's nothing wrong, even when the car rolled out of park on camera at Burdick vw in cicero ny. They instead told me that their service manager left the ebrake off that's why it rolled. Lies . They are sad and pathetic. Have some courtesy for the lives that are in danger due to this cars many many failures.


Amazing car

I am very happy with my purchase! Hard to find a sedan with a manual transmission that still has all the bells and whistles these days.


Great Car

I bought a 2021 Jetta R Line a month ago. It’s quiet on the highway, has plenty of pep around town and gets great gas mileage. It has the cold weather package and auto dimming mirror. Black. Don’t know why it’s not rated higher by some publications. It is much nicer to drive than my old Honda Accord.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
24 months/20,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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