2021 Volkswagen Jetta

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta
2021 Volkswagen Jetta

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

185.1” x 57.4”


Front-wheel drive



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 4.5
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


Death Trap

To start with, this car has great exterior and interior design with quite pleasing aesthetics. It's fairly comfortable to drive in terms of smoothness of ride and handling. Gas mileage is fairly good for this size car as well. The huge issue with this model is that it has an auto on off feature which is built in, cannot be removed and must be turned off each time you start the car. What this feature does is shut off the engine if you stop or press on the break and stay nearly stopped for too long or in some cases only a few seconds. This feature cannot be removed and as I said must be turned off each time you start the engine or you are very likely to die. The problem is, while saving gas is great the engine is very slow to kick back into gear again after it's shut off and it can be very inconvenient to drive when you are at a stoplight and it decides that it won't turn on again so you have to fully stop the vehicle put it back into Park shut off the ignition then start it again. As I mentioned previously the engine takes a little while to kick in before it will go at speed after turning itself on again when it does work. So let's say for example you are taking a left in front of some oncoming traffic that is a good distance away but the engine decided to shut itself off while you were waiting and when you started going again it slowly creeps itself on and even if you completely floor the gas you won't be moving more than a few steps per hour for at least 10 seconds. Now let's assume that oncoming traffic is an 18-wheeler who's been driving all night and isn't really paying much attention and from his distance thinks you will probably be out of the way so he doesn't even bother to slow down. You are now going to die, there is no question you will be killed and it is because of this feature. This has happened to me more than once and I thankfully had oncoming drivers who were paying attention and stopped their cars so that I didn't die, but as I said the engine takes a very long time to get into gear and you will not be moving quickly. From a cold start to 60 flooring the gas you will take a good 60 to 90 seconds before you can get to 60 mph, as an example but mostly it has to do with the auto on off feature which is absolutely horrendous and a horrible safety flaw. Under no circumstances should you buy this vehicle if you value your own life or the lives of your passengers.


Nice car but not perfect

I bought a 21 SEL Premium with 5k miles on it. Has fully digital dashboard display which is awesome because it's fully customizable, and you can even use the entire screen to display a map which shows local businesses as you drive near them. This vehicle also has Beats by Dre which I find terribly disappointing. My 2012 Toyota Camry had a JBL sound system which was 3 times better than this system. It also (at times) creates a bass thump when I make a call while listening to the radio which is irritating. The other issue that has me bummed was the cruise control system would fail half the time. I just got it fixed yesterday but time will tell as I've only engaged it once since dealership fixed it. The cabin feels very comfortable and is quiet on the road. The lane departure assist and assisted cruise control are impressive features that most will appreciate. Steering wheel controls are also nice features.


Nothing But Problems

Always in shop Too many problems Leaving VW for EVER SONIC DEALERSHIP PURPOSELY DAMAGED CAR IN SERVICE DEPARTMENT. Never buying another vw. Lost a 40yr loyal customer.

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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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