All-New VW Jetta GLI: The American Petrolhead’s Compact Sedan?

The Jetta GLI is back with a new generation that is built on the MQB platform shared with the Golf and numerous other cars made under the Volkswagen Group’s roof.

It has sportier styling compared to the regular Jetta models, a few updates inside and, most importantly, a tuned chassis. The suspension comes straight from the Golf GTI, whereas the brakes are from the Golf R.

As for the engine, well, that’s also from the Golf GTI. The 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder unit makes 228 hp (231 PS / 170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. And if your inner petrol head was asking whether it can be had with a stick shift, then the answer is yes: the six-speed manual is offered alongside the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and is said to be “fantastic”.

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The word was used by ThrottleHouse in their video review of the car, and they have also come to appreciate other strong points. The driver-centric interior, decent materials with lots of soft-touch parts and the abundance of space at the back are just some of things that make it a great ride for the buck spent. They’re not the only ones either, and just to prove that enthusiasts don’t need to spend extra on the top-of-the-line spec, they said that even the base infotainment system is totally fine, and one can definitely live without the digital gauges.

Now, for the ultimate driving test, the reviewers took the all-new Jetta GLI to ‘The Tail of the Dragon’, a twisty road that feels like it’s been created to test the limits of a car. But did it pass? That’s for you to find out by watching the video.


  • carsmofo

    add it to the list of “Cars that wont sell well”

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      Man. Shaking my head at this because you’re totally correct.

    • Ben

      Same list but mine is called “Depreciation Wish List”. In two years, this will be a WONDERFUL commuter car for me, especially with the remainder of that 6yr/72K warranty. I’m already seeing fully loaded Honda Accord Sport Tourings dropping into the teens. I’m still browsing cheap Lexus ISFs in the low 20’s.

  • Bash

    On other sites they described it as re-designed not as “all new”. But what do I know!

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      A completely new platform would count as more all new than redesigned

      • Bash

        I understand that, I’m just saying what i read elsewhere. personally I don’t care or like that Jetta that much to actually spent too much time talking about it!

  • Kyle Newberry

    But it is ugly as all get out

    • SteersUright

      Nothing a nice set of wheels couldn’t fix.

  • TheBelltower

    It’d better be amazing. Because it’s seriously dumpy looking.

  • SteersUright

    GLI seems its finally the GTI sedan it always should’ve been. Would now like to see a Jetta R with AWD.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I like my German cars to look German, especially on the inside. This Jetta was catered too much to what Germans think Americans like. Or it may have been a decent FU to Americans for dieselgate. The new Golf will reveal whether or not this is VW’s new design language for all. I hope the Golf’s interior is still mostly business-like.

  • Ben

    Solution: Get a slightly used Lexus IS350. Nearly 100hp more, better chassis and one of Toyota’s most reliable vehicles. However, to play devil’s advocate, the aftermarket tuning (APR) is far superior than anything Lexus has. Also, doesn’t VW have a crazy 6yr/100k mi warranty?! I’m all for Toyota reliability, but dang…

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