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 4.9
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


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.


Love It

I love my Jetta, it suits me really well and it's also nice to look at, both inside and out. Great features that come standard with the car while still being really affordable, my expectations are now extremely high for any future cars. Happy I chose VW!

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)
Basic warranty terms
Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles
5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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