2021 Volkswagen Jetta

Original MSRP Range
$18,995 - $31,545
Available Style(s)
24 - 30 MPG City / 33 - 41 MPG Hwy
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2021 Volkswagen Jetta

What We Like

  • A solid value
  • Standard LED lighting
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Generous 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • High-performance GLI is a GTI sedan


How Much Does a 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Cost?

Standard equipment on the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta S ($18,995) includes LED daytime running lights/headlights/taillights, 16-in alloy wheels, cloth seats, power outboard mirrors, power locks/windows, air conditioning, auto on/off headlights, a post-collision brake system, Bluetooth connectivity, Car-Net App-Connect, a 6.5-in touchscreen, a 4-speaker audio system with a USB port and Wi-Fi capability (if you subscribe to a data plan). The only factory options are heated outboard mirrors and the Driver-Assistance Package with forward-collision warning/automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear traffic alert. The SE ($22,895) adds to the S standard features and options with a 6-wy power driver’s seat, a panoramic power sunroof, 16-in two-tone alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather gearshift knob, a rear-seat center armrest, heated front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control and remote keyless entry with push-button start. The only factory option is the Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, remote start, heated windshield wipers, and heated washer nozzles. Adding to the SE, the R-Line ($22,795) includes fog lights, a gloss-black grille, black side-mirror caps, a unique rear bumper with dual exhaust ports and gray 17-in  alloy wheels. Optional is the Cold Weather Package. The R-Line comes standard with a manual transmission; the automatic is $800 extra. The SEL ($25,745) loses the fog lights but gains LED projector headlights, a unique set of 17-in wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, 10-color ambient interior lighting, a 400-watt 8-speaker BeatsAudio system with subwoofer, an 8-in touchscreen, two USB ports, wireless charging, a 10.25-in digital cockpit display, satellite radio capability, Car-Net Security & Service, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. The Cold Weather Package is standard on the SEL. The Jetta SEL Premium ($28,045) adds outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, front sport comfort seats, leather seating, an upgraded 8-in touchscreen and Car-Net Guide & Inform. The Jetta GLI remains available in two trims. The GLI S ($26,345) comes with a good array of standard features, including adaptive cruise control, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, a mechanical front differential, driver-selectable drive modes, 18-in wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a basic 6.5-in infotainment screen. Automatic emergency braking, along with a blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic detection, is standard on the GLI S. With its leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and 8-in infotainment screen, the GLI Autobahn ($30,745) is the flagship Jetta. It’s also equipped with the latest MIB3 infotainment system and VW’s “Digital Cockpit,” which consists of a fully digital gauge cluster. VW’s Dynamic Chassis Control suspension damping is standard on the Autobahn, as is adaptive cruise control with stop & go. You can order either GLI trim with a 6-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (optional). Summer tires are a no-cost option.

Jetta Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Jetta GLI Autobahn DSG$31,545 / $30,2834 Cylinder Turbo22824 / 356-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI Autobahn Manual$30,745 / $29,5154 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI S DSG$27,145 / $26,0594 Cylinder Turbo22824 / 356-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta GLI S Manual$26,345 / $25,2914 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 7-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta R-Line Auto$23,595 / $22,6514 Cylinder Turbo14729 / 396-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta R-Line Manual$22,795 / $21,8834 Cylinder Turbo147N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta S Auto$19,795 / $19,0034 Cylinder Turbo14729 / 396-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta S Manual$18,995 / $18,2354 Cylinder Turbo147N/A6-Speed Manual / 8-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SE Auto$22,895 / $21,9794 Cylinder Turbo14729 / 398-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SEL Auto$25,745 / $24,7154 Cylinder Turbo14729 / 398-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Jetta SEL Premium Auto$28,045 / $26,9244 Cylinder Turbo14729 / 398-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD

Is the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta a Safe Car?

A backup camera and six airbags, in addition to the usual passive safety systems like ABS and stability control, are standard on all Jettas. Every Jetta grade except the S comes standard with forward-collision warning/automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. These are part of a $450 option package on the S grade. SEL and SEL Premium models add adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams. All Jettas come with a post-collision braking system. While the redesigned Jetta is available with just about all of the active safety features a buyer could want, Volkswagen, for whatever reason, doesn’t make them available on the more premium, more expensive GLI. We suspect that this is to wring an even greater profit margin from the performance trim but nonetheless, the GLI is only offered with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection. Other common active safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams — all of which are offered on the Jetta — are unavailable on the GLI. The redesigned 2019 Jetta earns good crashworthiness scores in all categories of testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but it misses out on a Top Safety Pick+ designation due to low scores for headlights and ease-of-use for the LATCH child safety system.

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles
Maintenance2 Years/20,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs the competition

2020 Honda Civic —The highly versatile Civic offers something for nearly everyone. Sedan, hatchback and coupe versions are offered. The high-performance Si, available as a sedan or coupe, comes only with a 6-speed manual. 2020 Subaru Impreza — Hatchback or sedan, the Impreza comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek version has a more rugged demeanor. 2020 Kia Forte — Surprisingly roomy. The Forte also scores well with its user-friendly touchscreen, its available features, and its value, which is backed by a stellar warranty. 2020 Hyundai Elantra — A mechanical cousin of the Forte, the Elantra offers efficient engines, plenty of technology, and a lot of refinement at a reasonable price. A good warranty, too. 2020 Mazda3 — Sporty and fuel-efficient, the Mazda3 is loads of fun, aided by an extensive array of standard features and available technologies. While you can get a sedan or a hatchback version, there is no available performance variant. Used Audi A4 — Lots of 2018 Audi A4s are available on Autotrader for around $25,000. That’s right in the heart of new Jetta pricing. Go the CPO route and get a warranty.