A mid-life update keeps Volkswagen’s GLI sedan looking fresh at the front and rear, while a suite of driver assistance technologies now comes as standard on automatic models. Wireless charging and app connectivity also make their debut on the solitary (if fully-loaded) trim level.
Choosing Your Volkswagen GLI
The only choice buyers of a 2022 Volkswagen GLI have to make is whether they want a six-speed manual transmission for $31,990, or a DSG automatic transmission for $32,790, with both prices including destination.
The 2022 Volkswagen GLI is powered by a two-liter gas engine augmented by turbocharging and direct injection. It pumps 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway (36 in the auto), and 30 combined. This represents a sizeable boost over the standard Volkswagen Jetta and is comparable to the redesigned GTI.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|2.0 turbo||228 hp||258 lb-ft|
26/37/30 mpg (manual)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater GLI is 14.1 cu ft with the rear seats in place.
The GLI’s safety roster extends to adaptive chassis control with driving mode selection, a limited-slip front differential, adaptive cruise control, and engine braking assistance. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts are standard, while autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring complement high beam control and lane assist. Six airbags are fitted throughout the cabin including side thorax ‘bags, and the braking system benefits from electronic pressure distribution and hydraulic assistance.
Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit Pro brings a 10.25-inch fully configurable instrumentation screen with three views. A BeatsAudio stereo system is standard alongside satellite and HD radio, multiple USB data, and charging ports, all controlled through an eight-inch touchscreen. Wireless app connectivity and a wireless charging pad are also standard on the solitary Autobahn trim level.
2022 Volkswagen GLI 2.0 Autobahn – MSRP From $31,990
With red brake calipers visible behind its 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels, the Autobahn’s external flourishes also include a full array of LED lighting with automatic headlights, a black honeycomb grille with red GLi badging, dual chrome exhaust tips, and powered/heated/memory-equipped side mirrors.
A panoramic power sunroof illuminates the cabin alongside customizable ambient lighting, with dual-zone climate keeping things cool. Heated and ventilated front leather seats include six-way power adjustment for the driver, who further benefits from keyless access and push-button start.
There are no available packages on Autobahn models.
Compare GLI Trims Side-By-Side
Your choice between manual or automatic transmission is a matter of personal choice, but for us, the seven-speed DSG automatic transmission is a better option.