Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Editors' First Take

The Jetta remains very important to Volkswagen. Sure, the company may credit many of its newfound successes to the expansion of its SUV offerings, but its mass-market sedan is still one of the most popular ways for people to join the VW family. As the third best-selling vehicle in VW's lineup, the automaker handed down some very mild changes as part of a midcycle refresh, and the result is a sedan that's still quite good, whether you want it sporty or not.

What's new for both cars?

Aesthetic updates for the 2022 Jetta are pretty limited, be it the mass-market trims (S, SE, SEL, Sport) or the peppy GLI. There are some revised bumpers, as well as new alloy wheels for each individual trim level, but on the whole the sedan looks just about the same as it did before.

The interior is pretty much the same, too, barring some new contrast stitching on the SEL and GLI, a new steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster that's now standard on every trim. The GLI's steering wheel gets the same touch-sensitive buttons as other new VWs like the ID 4, but I may prefer the less expensive variant, which uses traditional buttons that I think are a little easier to commit to muscle memory.

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