2016 VW Jetta GLI Gets A Subtle Facelift, Retains Golf GTI’s 210HP Turbo

In North America, VW’s Jetta GLI is the sedan equivalent of the Golf GTI, and for the 2016MY, the Germans have given the sporty compact a teensy-weensy update.

Most visible is the refreshed front end that gets a new honeycomb grille with three horizontal slats (chrome, black and red), and a re-profiled and -trimmed bumper with different fog-lamps that brings it closer to the Golf GTI. The car also gains a modified rear bumper with a diffuser and pair of chrome-tipped exhausts, with the GLI riding on 18-inch alloys.

On the inside, the 2016MY Jetta GLI benefits from VW’s new MIB 2 infotainment system that incorporates the full suite of USB and Car-Net connectivity, while the automaker also added a new standard feature, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, which VW describes thusly:

“This [system] builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking system addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.”

VW will once again offer two trim levels for the GLI, the base SE with Keyless access, automatic dual-zone climate control, sunroof, rearview camera, auto headlamps and wipers, front and rear Park Distance Control, and other features, and the SEL that adds several amenities, including navigation, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, and Homelink.

Power continues to come from the same 210-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four shared with the Golf GTI. VW did not release pricing for the 2016MY.

2016 VW Jetta GLI

2015 VW Jetta GLI

  • Steve

    Lets make this more clear this GLI comes with Vw’s OLD gti engine not the NEW 210/258 motor! untill then NOT INTERESTED!

  • steve

    lets clear this up this GLI has the OLD GTI engine not the NEW 210/258 motor or the new MQB platform, until the new platform and engine i am not interested!

  • emjayay

    The whole VW line in the US needs much, much more than subtle facelifts.


    Very nice, but how long it takes to VW substitute this old platform to the newer MQB as in the China’s Lamando?

  • aliXFR

    Please bring this to the UK, we have a chronic shortage of saloon cars, let alone interesting ones.

  • Em Cee

    The second set of photos are not a 2015 GLI

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