2022 VW Jetta gets up to 43 mpg highway with its six-speed manual

Even the sporty GLI gets 37 mpg on the highway

Volkswagen announced official fuel economy figures for its updated 2022 Jetta on Wednesday, noting that the base model with a manual transmission is good for up to 43 mpg highway. 

For 2022, the Jetta gets a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter engine making 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The EPA has certified this combo at 29 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined in the standard S model. Switching to the optional eight-speed automatic gets you 31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. SE and SEL models equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission have an EPA-estimated rating of 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.

The GLI, with its the turbocharged 2.0-liter four making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, is rated at 26 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined with the standard six-speed and 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined with the optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. All of that in a sport sedan with a fancy diff and enthusiast-spec suspension? Not a bad package. 

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