The Volkswagen Jetta will largely be a carryover for the 2018 model year. Contrary to our initial expectations, it appears the U.S. won't be getting a redesigned Jetta until at least the following year. Based on our analysis, the most notable changes will be the addition of two new versions: the Wolfsburg and the SE Sport, as well as the end of the manual variant of the range-topping Jetta GLI.
The Wolfsburg Edition adds $1,900 to the price of an entry-level S and gets you leatherette seats, unique 16" Linas wheels, fog lamps, black side mirror caps, a sportier front bumper, a leather-wrapped shifter and parking brake and a folding rear center armrest with pass-through. It will come standard with the current 1.4T engine paired with a 5-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic is optional.
The SE Sport is positioned between the SE and SEL and offers some unique styling cues. Although it sounds like a mild variant of the SE, it will actually be a bit different under the hood.
Whereas the SE comes with a 1.4T engine making 150 hp and 184 lb-ft, the SE Sport will be offered with a 1.8T making 170 hp and 184 lb-ft. In addition, while the SE is offered with either a manual or automatic transmission, the Sport will only be offered with an automatic. Other differences include a sporty black roof, grille and rear lip spoiler plus 17" Bathurst wheels, the same design as the more expensive GLI.
Shoppers considering the GLI may be in for a shock. For 2018, the car will no longer be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. Based on the fact that only around 30% of shoppers chose that option, the GLI will now only be offered with the automaker's DSG dual-clutch automatic. In contrast, VW has confirmed that the 2018 GTI will continue to offer a manual.
As far as safety, no major changes appear to be on tap. All versions get a rear camera, but more advanced features like emergency braking and adaptive cruise control aren't available unless opting for the well-equipped SEL. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is standard at the SE level and higher. Park distance control is standard in the GLI but not available with other styles.
Stay tuned for a full overview closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is expected to arrive by late fall.
Official pricing will start at $19,495 including destination for the entry-level Jetta 1.4T S with manual transmission. The new Wolfsburg has been priced from $21,195. Opting for the available automatic transmission adds $1,000.
At the top of the range, the GLI has been priced from $30,395, an increase of $580 over the previous year. Since the GLI could previously be purchased from $28,715 with the now-discontinued manual, the price point for the model has risen by $1,680.
Please see below for a full list of prices.
2018 Volkswagen Jetta Pricing
|S||1.4T||$19,495 (Manual), $20,495 (Automatic)|
|Wolfsburg||1.4T||$21,195 (Manual), $22,195 (Automatic)|
|SE||1.4T||$22,095 (Manual), $23,095 (Automatic)|
|SE Sport||1.8T||$24,095 (Automatic)|
Prices include $850 destination charge.
Pictured: 2017 Jetta