Believe it or not, it has been 35 years since Volkswagen launched the Jetta GLI. Marking the anniversary, the automaker announced full pricing info on the GLI lineup. Indeed, today’s GLI ups the ante through unique styling, sharper handling, more power, and more standard features. Deliveries are expected this summer.
The Engine Is VW’s EA888 TSI
Today’s GLI uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 TSI® engine. Though you do have to used premium fuel, the engine cranks out 228 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. This engine gives the driver 18 more horsepower and 41 pounds-feet more torque than the previous GLI. The engine is from the Golf GTI. It features variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust sides, as well as variable exhaust valve lift.
VW still uses a standard six-speed manual to move the power from the engine to the front wheels. For those who don’t want to mix things up, there is also an available seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Automatic tranny models come equipped with a Start/Stop system designed to improve fuel efficiency. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is pressed and held (waiting for a light to change, for instance). When the brake pedal is released the engine restarts. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the GLI is 25/32/28 (city/highway/combined) regardless of tranny choice.
The Jetta GLI features an independent sports suspension with a strut-style setup at the front and a multi-link
arrangement at the rear. The front brakes -- also shared with the Golf GTI and Golf R – are 13.4-inches diameter vented brakes. Like the GTI, the GLI uses the VA electronically controlled, torque-sensing limited-slip differential that helps to eliminate understeer, as well as variable ratio electric power-assisted steering. A 35th Anniversary model uses the DCC® adaptive damping system.
Driving Mode Selection Comes With GLI
Driving Mode selection comes with the GLI. It allows drivers to customize their vehicle’s dynamic behavior. The system uses four modes in non-DCC vehicles – Normal, Sport, Eco, and Custom. The modes operate like this:
- Normal mode gives a balanced drive experience.
- Sport mode delivers a more dynamic throttle and shift response, tighter steering, and more spirited exhaust note.
- Eco mode optimizes shift points, throttle response, and climate control settings for improved fuel c economy.
- Custom mode allows a driver the tailor the steering, throttle, differential, engine note, and climate control settings.
- Models with the DCC allow the driver to adjust damper settings. It also adds a fifth Comfort mode.
Industry’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty
The Jetta GLI model comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. This warranty features a pair of Volkswagen firsts. The warranty provides covered for six-years or 72,000 miles (whichever comes first). And, the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners and remain in force throughout the remainder of its duration.
The Jetta GLI is available at four price points. The points are:
- GLI S. There are two price points in the GLI S lineup, the starting GLI S at $25,995. It is the model that features the six-speed manual. It is also 0.6inches lower than a regular Jetta due to its sports suspension.
- GLI S. This is the higher line on the GLI S pricing points. The infotainment and safety systems that include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front-Assist). It also includes Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. The seven-speed automatic appears on this model. The pricing starts at $26,795.
- GLI 35th Anniversary Edition. This commemorative model takes the S trim and builds from there. It starts at $26,995 and features the six-speed manual transmission. This GLI sports 18-inch dark grey aluminum-alloy wheels with red accents, black roof, mirror caps, and rear spoiler. It features special badging and the DCC® adaptive damping system. This price level also includes a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. If the owner opts for this, it is available at $27,795.
- GLI Autobahn. Also building off the S trim, the GLI Autobahn starts at $29,195 and features a standard six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof; 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display, allowing drivers to reconfigure how they view vehicle information; 400 Watt BeatsAudio® system with eight speakers plus a subwoofer. Volkswagen Car-Net® remote vehicle services; leather seating surfaces; ventilated front seats; power driver’s seat with memory functionality and power lumbar; remote start; alarm system; and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. With SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with a three-month trial subscription, Voice Control, and two USB ports. The seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission GLI Autobahn starts at $29,995.
If you have any comments or if you would like more information, please use the comments section below. If you especially like a section, you might want to make a comment as well.