2021 Volkswagen Jetta

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Volkswagen Jetta highlights

Customer rating


  • Pleasing ride that feels smooth and comfortable
  • Plenty of in-cabin storage
  • Improved infotainment system compared to previous models


  • Brakes feel grabby when moving slowly
  • Steering wheel controls feel overly complex
  • Lots of plastic in the cabin

Mileage (EPA estimate)

29 city, 39 highway, 33 combined

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All Volkswagen Jetta years

What is new for the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta?

  • The GLI trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Panoramic Sunroof and Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The SEL Premium trim now comes with Parking Sensors and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Smart Key and Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Power Seat(s), Parking Sensors, and Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

1. Powerful engine

If you want a smaller sedan that's big on power, the 2021 Jetta has you covered. Each of its five trims is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder that cranks out 147 hp. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission on its S and R-Line trims, though an eight-speed automatic is standard on SE, SEL, and SEL Premium models.

2. Surprisingly roomy

For a vehicle of its size, the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta offers a surprisingly roomy trunk. In fact, with the rear row intact, you'll find 14.1 cu-ft. of dedicated trunk space on this model. Need additional room for longer items, such as skis or golf clubs? The 60/40 rear seats fold down with ease to increase utility when you need it most.

3. Impressive fuel economy

Enjoy your road trips with fewer stops at the fuel pump with the 2021 VW Jetta's excellent fuel economy. Its base trim with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined.

Even stepping up to a model with an automatic transmission and the same turbocharged engine yields just a slightly lower fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined, so you'll be good to go!

4. Ample trim options

No matter what you're looking for in a small sedan, the 2021 Jetta has a trim for just about everybody. With five trims to choose from (the base S, SE, R-Line, SEL, and SEL Premium), standard equipment begins with Bluetooth® connectivity, smartphone integration, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, and a four-speaker sound system. Meanwhile, stepping up to the range-topping SEL Premium trim yields such indulgent features as a built-in navigation system and leather seats.

5. Innovative remote access

Every 2021 Jetta is equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net®, which is VW's proprietary mobile app that comes with innovative features like available door locking/unlocking, theft alerts, parked car finder, remote honk and start, and so much more.

This is a great way to get the most out of your Jetta and enhance your driving experience with a little help from your mobile device.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Jetta an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen Jetta 25th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Volkswagen Jetta features and specs

SEL Premium 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Beats Audio System
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41.1"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 38.5"/R 37.2"

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