2019 VW GLI Pricing Starts From $26,890

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The Volkswagen Golf GTI has been the benchmark for decades, offering drivers with an engaging chassis, a punchy engine, and a useable body style – all at an affordable price. VW just announced pricing for the 2019 Jetta GLI and despite sharing a lot of performance parts with the Golf GTI, the sedan costs less.

Pricing for the Jetta GLI starts at $26,890, which includes the $895 destination fee. Power for the hot sedan comes from the same engine that's in the GTI: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 228 horsepower. That much money will land you into the S trim that shares the same front brakes and limited-slip differential that's found in the sporty hatchback. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch is offered for an additional $800.

The mid-level GLI 35th Anniversary Edition starts at $27,890 and comes with adaptive suspension. The range-topping Autobahn trim doesn't come with any additional performance parts, but has some real luxury features, including a nine-speaker Beats audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Compared to the GTI and the last Jetta GLI, the new sedan is a performance bargain. The 2018 GLI was priced at $30,440 and wasn't nearly as powerful with 210 hp on tap. The entry-level GTI carries a starting price tag of $28,490, making the new GLI $1,600 cheaper.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

With the same engine, brakes, limited-slip differential, and MQB chassis as the GTI, the GLI promises to be just as much fun for less. With a six-speed manual transmission as standard, it's not like enthusiasts are having to make a sacrifice in the gearbox department either.

Based on pricing and the GLI's spec sheet, the sedan is shaping up to be a better value proposition than the GTI. Look for VW's latest performance sedan to arrive in dealers before summer.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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