2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta only offers some minor differences from the 2020 models. There are no significant changes to the appearance or performance stats. The S model now offers new two-tone, 16-inch wheels. The SE trim now has a 6-way power-adjustable seat for the driver. The SEL trim gets an upgraded infotainment system, and the GLI Autobahn now comes with adaptive cruise control.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Volkswagen's 2021 Jetta will be available in five different trim levels. All versions of the Jetta share the same engine. The base-model S trim comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. LED headlights and taillights are offered on all trim levels. This model also gets 16-inch alloy wheels. There's a 6.5-inch display for the infotainment system that also features Volkswagen's App Connect software.
Moving up to the SE model gets owners a panoramic sunroof. The driver's seat goes from manual adjustments to 6-way power adjustments. The R-Line offers fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and some nice V-Tex leatherette upholstery. The SEL trim has ambient lighting on the inside and Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit display. The SEL Premium gets an improved sound system, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery and an 8-inch infotainment-system display.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Since there are no real performance differences between trim levels, the right choice comes down to what comfort and convenience features each has to offer. It will also depend on the budget the potential buyer is working with. There's definitely a big gap in price between the base model and the loaded SEL Premium trim level. The base model, however, is very bare bones while the highest trim levels offer plenty of great features.
The SEL Premium may be the most expensive model, but it will still be the best bargain for most buyers. Many will be fine with the SEL as well, but the difference in cost between these two highest trims isn't as stark as the difference between the S and SEL Premium. The upgraded sound system, driver-assist features and upscale leather upholstery make the SEL Premium well worth the price.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The latest Jetta offers a Digital Cockpit with a high-definition screen right in the view line of the driver. This screen can be customized to show the information that's most important to the owner. It can even display maps and the navigation system to help find the driver's next destination.
Volkswagen provides a number of ways to connect to the infotainment system including Bluetooth Technology. Wireless charging is available for easy charging of smartphones and other mobile devices. The App-Connect System displays the driver's most-used apps on the infotainment-system's display screen once their phone is connected to the system.
The infotainment setup is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Audiophiles will love the available premium sound system from BeatsAudio. The Jetta also offers driver-assist technology like Lane-Change Assist and a Blind-Spot Monitor.
How Does It Perform?
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. This little power plant produces 147 horsepower and an impressive 184 pound-feet of torque. That's plenty of power and torque for this smaller, lightweight sedan. Acceleration and passing power are both excellent in the Jetta. The Jetta engine is efficient too. It should get the driver around 30 miles-per-gallon when driving around town. It can also reach up to 40 miles-per-gallon while driving on the highway.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Volkswagen has a good reputation for producing reliable cars. The 2021 Jetta should be no different. It also has a lot of nice safety features and design elements, in addition to the previously mentioned driver-assist technology. There are a total of six stability-enhancing systems such as Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution. Every model comes with a rear-view camera for better awareness.
The frame of the Jetta was designed with a safety cage. This incorporates crumple zones that can absorb the energy from a collision. The forces of the crash are directed away from the vehicle's occupants. The Intelligent Crash Response System deploys airbags, unlocks doors for easy exits and disables the fuel pump. It even automatically turns on the hazard lights.
What's the Interior Like?
Higher-trim models offer a sunroof and ambient lighting, which creates an open and bright interior. The fit and finish of all parts is excellent inside of the Jetta. The design is attractive and modern in appearance. Volkswagen offers an array of choices when it comes to the seats and upholstery. Higher trim levels offer power adjustments, leather coverings, heating and ventilation. The seats are comfortable and supportive.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a four-door, compact sedan. It's main competition for 2021 will come from the Hyundai Elantra and the Honda Civic. the Volkswagen's base price comes in at a lower number than either the Hyundai or the Honda. All three vehicles have very similar fuel-economy ratings.
The Volkswagen and Hyundai offer the same horsepower, but the Volkswagen has way more torque and better acceleration. The Civic has options for more horsepower than either. All three vehicles are solid, but the Volkswagen Jetta will offer more than these competitors at a better price point.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Note: All Volkswagen Jetta Sedan lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.