The Volkswagen Jetta underwent a significant redesign for 2022, so it went largely unchanged for 2023, with only the addition of remote start to SE models being the most noteworthy update. One thing that it has in common with the previous model year is its overall size.
The dimensions of the 2023 Jetta are 186.5 inches long, 70.8 inches wide, and 57.7 inches tall. It has a wheelbase of 105.7 inches and a ground clearance of 5.5 inches.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the interior and exterior dimensions of the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta and what changes it underwent compared to the previous model year.
A Brief History of the Volkswagen Jetta
The Volkswagen Jetta is a small car that has been on the market since 1979. It was first introduced as a variant of the Volkswagen Golf, but it has since evolved into its own model with its own distinct features and characteristics.
The first generation Jetta debuted in 1979 and shared the same platform as the Golf. It was available as a two- or four-door sedan with a choice of inline four-cylinder engines. The Jetta gained popularity in Europe and North America in the 1980s as a fuel-efficient alternative to larger, more expensive sedans.
The Jetta underwent a major redesign in the 1990s, with a more angular body and a wider range of engine options. The Jetta Trek wagon variant was introduced with this generation of the Jetta.
The Jetta continued to evolve in the 2000s, with new engines and updated styling. The Jetta underwent another major redesign in 2011, with a more spacious interior and a new exterior design. The Jetta has been available with a variety of engine options in recent years, including gasoline, diesel, and hybrid powertrains.
The latest Volkswagen Jetta, the 2023 model year, is a compact sedan that is available in S, Sport, SE, R-Line, and SEL trim levels. It is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Jetta features a spacious interior with a modern design and a variety of advanced technology features, including a touchscreen display and smartphone integration. It also has a comfortable ride and agile handling, making it an enjoyable car to drive.
Volkswagen Jetta Dimensions
In this section, I’ll cover the interior and exterior of the 2023 base (SE) Jetta’s measurements, as well as describe the miscellaneous spec ratings of this compact sedan.
|Front headroom||38.5 in.|
|Rear headroom||37.2 in.|
|Front legroom||41.1 in.|
|Rear legroom||37.4 in.|
|Front shoulder room||55.9 in.|
|Rear shoulder room||54 in.|
|Front hip room||53 in.|
|Rear hip room||51.4 in.|
|Total passenger volume||94.7 cu. ft.|
|Trunk volume||14.1 cu. ft.|
|Width (w/o mirrors)||70.8 in.|
|Front track||60.7 in.|
|Rear track||60.4 in.|
|Ground clearance||5.5 in.|
|Fuel tank capacity||13.2 gallons|
|City mileage||29 MPG|
|Highway mileage||40 MPG|
|Combined milage||33 MPG|
|Number of rows||2|
|Wheel size||17 × 7 in.|
|Curb weight||3,060 lbs.|
It’s worth mentioning that the 2023 Jetta comes in various trim levels (S, Sport, SE, R-Line, and SEL), and the measurements and miscellaneous ratings may differ in various regards.
Volkswagen vs. Comparable Sedans—Dimensions
The overall dimensions of your car are important because they will tell you where you can park it, how long it will be when you hitch a trailer to the back if it will fit inside your garage, and how spacious it is in relation to the total number of passengers.
Take a look at the following table to get a feel for how the Jetta compares to alternative compact sedans in terms of exterior and interior dimensions.
|Car Model||Length||Width||Height||Passenger Volume||Trunk Volume|
|VW Jetta||186.5 in.||70.8 in.||57.7 in.||94.7 cu. ft.||14.1 cu. ft.|
|Honda Civic||184 in.||70.9 in.||55.7 in.||99 cu. ft.||14.8 cu. ft.|
|Honda Accord||192.2 in.||73.3 in.||57.1 in.||105.6 cu. ft.||16.7 cu. ft.|
|Toyota Corolla||182.5 in.||70.1 in.||65.5 in.||88.6 cu. ft.||13.1 cu. ft.|
|Toyota Camry||192.1 in.||72.4 in.||56.9 in.||100.4 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.|
|Mazda 3||183.5 in.||70.7 in.||56.9 in.||106 cu. ft.||13.2 cu. ft.|
|Subaru Impreza||175.6 in.||79.4 in.||58.9 in.||100.9 cu. ft.||20.8 cu. ft.|
|Hyundai Elantra||184.1 in.||71.9 in.||55.7 in.||99.4 cu. ft.||14.2 cu. ft.|
|Kia Forte||182.7 in.||70. in.||56.5 in.||96 cu. ft.||15.3 cu. ft.|
|Kia Rio||172.6 in.||67.9 in.||57.1 in.||90.5 cu. ft.||13.7 cu. ft.|
|Kia Optima||191.1 in.||73.2 in.||57.7 in.||104.8 cu. ft.||15.9 cu. ft.|
|Nissan Sentra||182.7 in.||71.5 in.||56.9 in.||96 cu. ft.||14.3 cu. ft.|
|Ford Focus||178.7 in.||80.5 in.||71.8 in.||98.6 cu. ft.||13.2 cu. ft.|
|Chevy Cruze||183.7 in.||70.5 in.||57.4 in.||96 cu. ft.||14.8 cu. ft.|
|Audi A4||187.5 in.||79.6 in.||72.7 in.||99 cu. ft.||12 cu. ft.|
What’s New for the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta?
Again, there isn’t much to talk about in terms of 2023 Volkswagen Jetta updates. The most noticeable change is the availability of remote start ignition in all trim levels. That’s not to say the new Jetta isn’t worthwhile. Indeed, if you’re looking for a stylish compact sedan, this is most likely the vehicle for you.
The dashboard of the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is designed to be user-friendly for the driver, with all gauges and the infotainment system placed in a horizontal plane. The climate-control screen, which is 8 inches in size and covered in glass, is also slanted toward the driver.
When it comes to performance, the Jetta’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine can’t be beat. It generates 158 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2023 Jetta’s IQ-DRIVE system is loaded with helpful tools like Active Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control.