2025 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI Get Refreshing Updates, GLI Retains Manual Transmission Option

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The 2025 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI are set to arrive with a series of refreshing updates that enhance both aesthetics and functionality. Despite these updates, Volkswagen has wisely chosen to retain the core elements that have driven the Jetta’s impressive sales growth, which have more than doubled this year. In fact, the Jetta has surpassed both the Taos and Atlas Cross Sport in individual sales, securing its position as the third best-selling model for the brand.

The 2025 Jetta sports a sleeker front fascia featuring a smaller main grille and an optional thin light bar that bridges the LED headlights. Standard Jetta models include a chrome accent strip on the lower front fascia, while the sportier GLI version opts for a striking red strip. Notably, the GLI also includes a playful Autobahn logo and a “Let’s Go!” message subtly integrated into the lower grille mesh. At the rear, the Jetta now boasts connected taillights, adding a modern touch to its design.

Inside, the Jetta’s dashboard has been updated to resemble the recently revamped Atlas lineup. The new design incorporates full-width air vents and piano black trim, offering a sophisticated look. A significant update is the standard inclusion of an 8-inch infotainment screen across all Jetta models. This system maintains user-friendly shortcut buttons and knobs, although the climate control functions have transitioned to touch buttons. These buttons are illuminated and feature textured surfaces to enhance usability. Additionally, automatic climate control is now standard on all models. The Jetta SE and GLI trims benefit from wireless phone charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

Under the hood, the Jetta’s powertrain options remain largely unchanged. The base model continues with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The GLI retains its robust turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While the manual transmission is no longer available for the standard Jetta, the GLI still offers this option alongside a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Volkswagen has also managed to keep pricing adjustments minimal, which has been a key factor in the Jetta’s strong sales performance. Although the base price technically increases due to the standard automatic transmission, the 2025 Jetta S with automatic is actually priced lower at $23,295, compared to the 2024 model’s $23,460 (including the $1,300 destination charge). Full pricing details for the entire lineup are expected soon, but significant changes are not anticipated. The new Jettas are set to arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of this year.


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