The Jetta GLI is Volkswagen’s lesser-known sport compact model. While it uses many of the same mechanical components as the Golf GTI, it remains less popular than the GTI thanks to that hot hatchback’s long history of satisfying driving enthusiasts on a budget.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
This year, the GLI becomes VW’s poshest sedan thanks to the elimination of the Passat and Arteon models. It also gets a styling update that builds on the Jetta’s most recent redesign in 2019.
Volkswagen offers the Jetta GLI in a single, fully equipped trim that builds on the base Jetta’s top Highline trim (which is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry). Power is from a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine that comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and can be optioned with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Jetta GLI standard features include an adaptive damping suspension, a limited-slip differential, 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, passive keyless entry, and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, you get an auto-dimming mirror, dual-zone A/C, heated/ventilated power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, digital gauges, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, wireless smartphone charging, an eight-speaker stereo, and light assist.
VW’s fuel consumption estimates for the Jetta GLI are 9.0/6.5 L/100 km (city/highway) with the dual-clutch transmission, and 9.1/6.4 L/100 km with the six-speed manual.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed