2023 Volkswagen Jetta

Ranked #4 in Sedan

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$20,395

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Key Spec of 2023 Volkswagen Jetta
fuel economy

29/34/43

fuel type

-

horsepower

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Refined ride quality.

Dull plastic interior trims.

Remote start function is now available for all trims.

User-friendly and customizable instrument cluster.

Confusion steering mounted controls.

Ample in-cabin storage.

Stiff brake pedal.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 12, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volkswagen Jetta received a noticeable update for the 2022 model year and hence, the 2023 Jetta would be a carryover model and as per reports, the brand intends to give the model a refresh only for the upcoming model in the near future. On the outside, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta retains the current design that consists of prominent body lines, wide lower air intake, and plain lighting. The GLI trim of the Jetta is the sportier version of this compact sedan and it features red accents, sharped redesigned bumpers, and larger 18-inch wheels. The Volkswagen Jetta comes standard with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that churns out 158 horsepower paired with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Jetta GLI comes with a slightly bigger 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that has a maximum power output of 228 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta Latest Updates

  • Dec' 21, 2021 : 2022 Volkswagen Jetta Gets Improved Fuel Efficiency Read More »

Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#4 in Sedan


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S$20,395 Est. onwards


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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

Dealer Price
$22,190
Est. $301/mo
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$1,750 Below market
RMV: $23,940
West Islip, NY
MSRP $22,190
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

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$22,184
Est. $301/mo
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$1,756 Below market
RMV: $23,940
Colorado Springs, CO
MSRP $22,684
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

Dealer Price
$22,190
Est. $301/mo
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$1,750 Below market
RMV: $23,940
West Islip, NY
MSRP $22,190
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

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$22,194
Est. $301/mo
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$1,746 Below market
RMV: $23,940
Harrisburg, PA
MSRP $23,015
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

Dealer Price
$22,190
Est. $301/mo
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$1,750 Below market
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Hanover, PA
MSRP $22,190
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T Sport FWD

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$22,275
Est. $302/mo
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$1,665 Below market
RMV: $23,940
Denver, CO
MSRP $22,275
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T S FWD

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$21,010
Est. $285/mo
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$1,587 Below market
RMV: $22,597
Beaverton, OR
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T SE FWD

Dealer Price
$24,961
Est. $338/mo
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$1,846.5 Below market
RMV: $26,807.5
New Port Richey, FL
MSRP $25,845
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2022 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

1.5T S FWD

Dealer Price
$21,050
Est. $285/mo
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$1,547 Below market
RMV: $22,597
Huntington Beach, CA
MSRP $22,250
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Colors and Styles

2023 Volkswagen Jetta in Platinum Gray Metallic color
Platinum Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The only expected changes on the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is the inclusion of remote start on all trim levels and a bump up in price for all models of a mere $50 and this gets the price of the base S trim up to $20,415. Volkswagen intends to keep the GLI variant of the Jetta separate from the mainstream variants as a part of the fully equipped Autobahn trim. The Jetta is spread across S, Sport, SE, and SEL trims and these cars carry enough power and equipment needed in a daily drivable sedan. However, Volkswagen isn’t the only manufacturer focusing on such a demanding market and they are up against the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and the Mazda 3.


Features

The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in 4 trims and the base variant will be called the S trim which begins at $20,415 and proceeds to Sport, SE, and SEL which sells for $28,145. Even though the pricing of the Jetta is kept very accessible for many, Volkswagen has made sure to provide an array of features that makes this sedan a value-for-money deal. All the models are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and Volkswagen has decided to include remote start on all the Jetta which is a feature that was only available on the higher trims previously.

Trim

S

Sport

SE

SEL

MSRP

$20,416

$21,315

$24,145

$28,145

Key Features

LED headlights

17-inch alloy wheels

Optional sunroof

Adaptive headlights

16-inch alloy wheels

Gloss-black front grille

Rain-sensing wipers

8-inch touchscreen

6.5-inch touchscreen display

Black window trim, mirror caps, and headliner

Leatherette upholstery

10.25-inch digital instrument cluster

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Front accent lights

Power-adjustable driver’s seat

Wireless phone connectivity

2 USB ports

Rear-seat center armrest with cup holders

Heated front seats

Wireless phone charging pad

4-speaker audio system

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

9-speaker audio system by Beats

8-inch digital instrument cluster

 

Keyless entry with push-start button

Leather Upholstery

Volkswagen Car-Net mobile app

   

Ventilated front seats

     

Heated rear seats

     

Heated steering wheel

     

Ambient cabin lighting with 10 colors 

We Recommend

The S trim definitely is a bargain for the price it sells for but we would highly recommend picking the SE variant of the Jetta as it comes with a larger set of wheels and also additional creature comfort that manages to hide the dull appearance and feel of the standard cabin. The Jetta SE also has enough adjustability options that make sure to keep the drive as comfortable as possible.

Release Date

According to the production bulletin issued by Volkswagen, the 2023 Jetta could begin production in late July and hit the dealers by the end of 2022.

Engine and Performance

The Volkswagen Jetta now comes standard with a 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 engine that is borrowed from the Volkswagen Taos and makes a total of 158 horsepower along with 184 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen has decided to give the users an option to either choose the manual transmission 6-speed transmission or an 8-speed automatic. The car is driven by its front wheels only and the 8-speed automatic transmission is quick to shift than a CVT that is found in its rivals. The Volkswagen Jetta offers enough power even though the rivals come with larger engines, all thanks to the turbocharger that extracts all the power out efficiently.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

2023 Honda Civic

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Mazda 3

MSRP

$21,416

$23,645

$21,245

$22,165

Engine

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power (Hp)

158 hp @ 5500 rpm

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

184 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7 seconds

9.2 seconds

9.9 seconds

9.3 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.0 seconds

17.3 seconds

17.5 seconds

16.9 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

126 MPH

119 MPH

116 MPH

116 MPH

Regardless of being one of the most affordable options and the car with the smallest engine, the Volkswagen Jetta puts out an impressive result and proves itself to be the quickest as well as the fastest among the lot. The turbocharged engine made sure to keep the peak power and torque very accessible, unlike its rivals who run on naturally aspirated engines with a bigger bandwidth to peak numbers. The Hyundai is left behind with the lowest power output and the sedan only managed to finish a quarter mile 1.5 seconds after the Jetta.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta Ride and Handling

There really isn’t any flaw with the way the Volkswagen Jetta behaves on the road but there also isn’t any aspect of the handling that makes the Jetta a memorable or engaging car to drive. This is where the Volkswagen Jetta slightly falls behind as the rivals carry a very sporty feel when it comes to handling and the Honda manages to give very precise feedback when pushing the car into the corners. The Volkswagen Jetta feels very neutral and even though the seat comfort while driving is great, it could disappoint the avid drivers who prefer being engaged with the vehicle while behind the wheel.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta Braking Performance

The initial feel using the brakes on the Volkswagen Jetta is that the pedal feels slightly stiff but this can soon be gotten over as it doesn’t take way too long to get used to this sedan. The car also receives advanced driver aid that includes tech like forward collision mitigation and the addition of IQ Drive package includes very useful emergency assistance that can bring the car to a smooth stop while the driver is not attentive or unresponsive.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

2023 Honda Civic

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Mazda 3

Brake Rotors (front) (in.) 

11.3

11.1

11.0

11.0

Brake Rotors (rear) (in.) 

10.7

10.2

10.3

10.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,915

2,935

2,868

2,984

60-0 (.-ft)

127

145

145

120

The Volkswagen sure does hold interesting numbers and it has a very impressive braking result but the Mazda is unmatched in this segment and manages to come to standing still from 60 mph in just 120 ft. The Honda and Hyundai share a similar stopping distance even though both the cars use differently sized brakes. The surprising fact is that the Mazda 3 uses the smallest rotors and is also the heaviest car.

Fuel Economy

The Volkswagen Jetta has the upper hand in using the smaller engine here as it is supposed to make the car much more efficient than the rivals that use a larger engine. The Volkswagen Jetta with a highway driving condition with an average speed of 75 mph pumps out 43 mpg and in the city with tons of braking and gear shifts, the Jetta manages to churn out 29 mpg.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

2023 Honda Civic

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Mazda 3

MPG (city)

29

30

33

28

MPG (highway)

43

38

43

36

MPG (combined)

35

33

37

31

Fuel capacity (gallons)

13.2

12.4

14.0

13.2

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

383/568/462

372/471/409

462/602/518

369/475/409

The Volkswagen and the Hyundai holds a very close result in terms of fuel economy and the numbers that both the cars have managed to put are extremely great. However, the Hyundai takes the lead and its bigger fuel tank gives the car a much larger overall range. Nonetheless, the Volkswagen Jetta is clearly a great

Interior

The Volkswagen Jetta comes with a tastefully designed interior, however, the quality isn’t the best out there and comprises a lot of dull finished plastic components. The users get features like heated rear seats, wireless phone connectivity, and ambient lighting just to name a few. Even though the Jetta is classified to be a compact sedan, the cabin offers plenty of space for a small family to comfortably commute in optimal comfort. The seats come wrapped in fabric but that is upgraded to faux leather or genuine leather upholstery depending on the trim you pick. The Volkswagen Jetta also has plenty of in-cabin storage spaces and cubbies but if carrying larger baggage is what you intend to, the trunk space of 14.1 cu-ft is ample enough, which can be extended further by folding the second row of seats.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

2023 Honda Civic

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Mazda 3

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.5/55.9/41.1

39.3/57.0/42.3

40.6/56.5/42.3

38.0/55.7/42.3

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

37.2/54.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.3/55.6/38.0

37.3/53.5/35.1

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

14.1

15.1

14.2

13.2

Even though the Jetta falls back slightly in terms of the front row legroom, the difference is barely noticeable and the car has ample space in both rows, making it a comfortable space to be in. The car that would be slightly cramped would be the Mazda 3 as the rear passenger legroom is going to be tight for taller passengers. Honda manages to offer the biggest cargo space while Mazda falls back again in this aspect.

Some standout interior features on the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta include- 

  • Heated front and rear row seats.
  • Ambient lighting with 10 colors.
  • Dual-zone climate control.
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
  • 8-way power adjustable driver seat with memory function.
  • Leather upholstery.

How intuitive is the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system?

The Volkswagen Jetta will come with the same infotainment module that comprises a 6.5-inch touchscreen slightly tilted towards the driver to allow ease of operation. The display is responsive and lag-free but for those who crave a bigger screen, pick the SEL trim for an 8-inch display. Volkswagen has made sure to have a great balance between the physical buttons and touch interfaces, making the experience very engaging. The system also has wireless Apply CarPlay and Android Auto that works seamlessly with minimum to no lag between the phone and the module. The module also allows gesture controls and the higher trim carries a crisp audio system by Beats that consists of 8-speakers.

Some of the standout infotainment features on the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta are-

  • 6.5-inch or an 8-inch infotainment screen.
  • SiriusXM satellite radio.
  • Wireless charging pad.
  • Wireless phone connectivity.
  • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
  • 8-speaker audio system by Beats.
Exterior

The exterior styling will not feature any new elements or features but even though it’s a carryover design, the Volkswagen Jetta looks absolutely elegant with the straight lines running on the side of the sedan with a cleaner-looking grille and bumper that was updated the last year. The Jetta Sport carries black accents on the grille, mirror cap, and roof, making it the best-looking trim but when compared to its rivals, the Jetta might feel a bit bland as their design is much more sporty and updated. The Jetta stands slightly tall than most other sedans and this makes it very easy to get in and out of while also increasing the ground clearance by a decent margin.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

2023 Honda Civic

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Mazda 3

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,915

2,935

2,868

2,984

Length (in.)

185.1

182.7

184.1

183.5

Width (in.)

70.8

70.9

71.9

70.7

Height (in.)

57.4

55.7

55.7

56.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

6.7

5.3

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

105.7

106.3

107.1

107.3

Being the longest car in the lot, the Volkswagen Jetta also is the tallest vehicle here. This does get the ground clearance up a little but the Honda Civic manages to provide maximum space between the ground and the car itself.

Some of the standout exterior features include -

  • 16” or 17”-inch alloy wheels.
  • Panoramic sunroof.
  • Power folding side-view mirrors.
  • Heated side-view mirrors.
  • Black exterior accents on the Sport trim
Safety

With the 2022 model bagging a 5-star rating on NHTSA, the same can be expected for the current model and Volkswagen has made sure to include enough driver assistance aid right from the base trim that includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. The MQB platform that the Jetta is based on has a reputation for keeping the occupants safe at all times and that is well portrayed through the test result.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta are-

  • Forward collision warning and automated emergency braking.
  • Blind-spot monitoring.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Rear-view camera.
Competition

2023 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2023 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic by far is the toughest rival to the Volkswagen Jetta and both these cars have their own distinctive character which may suit different audiences. The Volkswagen Jetta takes the win when it comes to being the quickest and the more fuel-efficient option but the Civic has a much better interior, larger cabin space, and also a better drive experience that doesn’t get boring unlike what’s provided by the Jetta.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2023 Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is very similar to the Jetta in most aspects and even has a similar gas mileage but the larger fuel tank on the Elantra lets it cover more distance in a single stretch. However, the Elantra is underpowered and is much slower than the Jetta, and considering the fact that Hyundai priced the car slightly over the Jetta, it is ideal to go for the latter as it holds better value overall.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2023 Mazda 3

Being the smallest car here, the Mazda 3 can be cramped especially in the rear row and despite its size, this sedan turns out to be the heaviest, and the weight has taken a slight toll on its fuel efficiency and performance, making it a less exciting car to drive. The only aspect that the Mazda is better than the Volkswagen is in terms of the braking performance but this difference isn’t enough to put the Mazda up on the priority list out of the two.

Final Verdict

Volkswagen decided to keep this as a carryover model due to the refresh that it received last year and the Jetta still manages to stand as the most powerful option among its competition. The Jetta might not be the best car to drive as it lacks driver engagement with steering that feels poorly connected to the road. The Volkswagen Jetta holds a very elegant styling in order to suit the masses and even though the car packs a smaller engine when compared, the Germans have managed to keep things very refined under the hood. Volkswagen aimed at providing a well-rounded sedan and they surely have delivered. The thing that would need an improvement in this car is the interior quality as the plastic finishes feel slightly cheap but otherwise, the Volkswagen Jetta is a great choice especially if you’re looking for performance, safety, and fuel efficiency all in the same sedan.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$20395

body style

dr Sedan

engine type
horse power

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

6-Manual w/OD

dimensions
length

186.5 in

wheelbase

105.7 in

width

70.8 in

curb weight

2915 lbs

Height

57.7 in

Ground Clearance

5.5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

94.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

29/34/43 mpg


Volkswagen Jetta 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$20,197
5 Year Cost To Own
$38,351
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $38,351
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,167$1,422$1,345$1,578$1,495$11,007
Insurance$1,295$1,340$1,387$1,436$1,486$6,944
Fuel$1,667$1,717$1,768$1,822$1,876$8,850
Maintenance$71$590$507$1,415$2,356$4,939
RepairsNANANA$462$709$1,171
Financing Interest$1,086$874$646$405$146$3,157
Taxes and Fees$1,716$156$146$138$127$2,283
Total Cost-To-Own$11,002$6,099$5,799$7,256$8,195$38,351
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