2025 Volkswagen Jetta: First Look

© Volkswagen of AmericaThe Sedan Lives
In a time when many car companies have abandoned the sedan in favor of the more popular crossover SUV, Volkswagen is continuing to invest in one of its most popular passenger cars – the Jetta. Coming off a year when this compact sedan saw a 24 percent sales increase year over year, the Jetta – and sportier Jetta GLI – is getting an update for the 2025 model year with refreshed styling, an upgraded interior, and, surprisingly, a lower starting price.

© Volkswagen of AmericaStill SUV-Heavy Lineup
The Jetta is seeing solid sales, but Volkswagen’s main business in America is still based on the crossover SUV. About 84 percent of the company’s sales last year came from its SUVs, led by the large Atlas/Atlas Cross Sport. In fact, each of the brand’s SUVs (except for the electric ID.4) outsold Jetta last year. That said, Jetta is still selling at a respectable pace, and so far, in 2024, it is up 185 percent compared to a year earlier. The updates for 2025 should help the Jetta keep up this strong sales trend.

© Volkswagen of AmericaFresh Styling
The 2025 Jetta gets a modern look for the new model year with a revised front end. The upper and lower grilles are redesigned, giving the Jetta a cleaner look. This is further enhanced with the new LED headlights and available light bar that spans the upper grille, connecting the headlights for a unique appearance at night.

© Volkswagen of AmericaRear View
There’s also a new look from behind, as the 2025 Jetta features a new truck lid with a standard light bar that connects the LED taillights.

© Volkswagen of AmericaNew Wheels
Adding to the updated look are new wheels available across the board. The SE gets new 17-inch alloys, while the SEL and GLI get restyled 18-inch alloy wheels. There’s also a black wheel package for the SE and GLI trims.

© Volkswagen of AmericaInner Space
Changes in the 2025 Jetta’s cabin are immediately noticeable, with a new, streamlined dashboard design. All trim levels get a new 8-inch floating touchscreen display, along with the 8-inch digital driver display. The SE and higher trims also get wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a 15-watt wireless charging pad, and a voice control system. It is a relief to see that the new infotainment system features physical volume and tuning knobs as well as shortcuts for easy access to media, phone, navigation, and vehicle settings. This system should be much easier to use than the version VW features in the GTI.

© Volkswagen of AmericaUpdated Features
The Jetta Sport now comes fitted with Molekular cloth sport comfort seats, while the SE gets Microcloud seat covers. Also standard is the new Climatronic soft-touch automatic climate controls, which add to the modern look.

© Volkswagen of AmericaUnder the Hood
Engine choices remain unchanged for the 2025 model year, with the Jetta coming standard with the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Customers who opt for the Jetta GLI get the more powerful 2.0-lier engine that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

© Volkswagen of AmericaManual Transmission
Volkswagen still offers the Jetta GLI with the 6-speed manual gearbox, but the three-pedal version is no longer available for the standard Jetta. Non-GLI trims get an 8-speed automatic, while the GLI is available with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

© Volkswagen of AmericaIQ.Drive
All 2025 Volkswagen Jetta trims come standard with the brand’s IQ.Drive suite of advanced driver assistance features. IQ.Drive includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active blindspot monitor, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, and lane keep assist. Also included (except manual transmission vehicles) is Emergency Assist, which will automatically bring the car to a halt if the driver has become unresponsive, as well as Travel Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering to provide a semi-automated driving experience.

© Volkswagen of AmericaJetta Lineup
Volkswagen will offer the Jetta in the same trim levels – S, Sport, SE, SEL, and GLI. The Jetta S has a base starting price of $21,995 (not including the $1,300 destination charge) – that’s about $240 less expensive than the equally-equipped 2024 Jetta S. Pricing for the rest of the lineup will be released closer to the on-sale date.

© Volkswagen of AmericaComing This Fall
The 2025 Jetta and Jetta GLI are expected to arrive in showrooms this fall.

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