The 2024 Volkswagen GLI gains a 40th Anniversary Edition to commemorate the launch of the GLI line in 1984. The cosmetic package includes black exterior trim with red accents, black wheels, embossed cloth seats, and GLI 40th badging throughout the interior. Bodies are painted in Pure Gray, Pure White, or Rising Blue. Production is limited to 1,984 cars. The GLI 40th Anniversary is priced lower than the regular GLI, which comes in top Autobahn trim only. The line now starts under $30,000, an important price threshold for many buyers in the market for a fun-to-drive car.
The GLI is otherwise unchanged for the 2024 model year. Based on the Jetta compact sedan, the GLI carries a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. A six-manual transmission remain standard, and buyers can opt for a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The GLI also receives larger brakes than the Jetta, a sport-tuned suspension, a locking differential, and 18-inch wheels with red brake calipers. Despite its performance potential, the GLI remains quite efficient. All models are EPA-rated at 30 miles per gallon in combined driving.
The GLI continues with the same dimensions and interior layout as the Jetta, which is among the most spacious compacts on the market. Standard features include a 10.25-inch instrument display, an 8-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, wireless charging, automatic wipers, and LED exterior lighting. The GLI Autobahn comes fully loaded with leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a nine-speaker BeatsAudio sound system. The Autobahn's suspension incorporates adaptive damps to assure a comfortable ride.
Both GLI models come fully equipped for safety. Carryover driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. The Autobahn also receives automatic high beams.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2024 Volkswagen GLI is available now at dealers. The 40th Anniversary Edition starts at $29,235 including destination — or $30,035 with the automatic transmission. The GLI Autobahn is priced from $33,330 with the manual and $34,130 with automatic.
Pictured: 2024 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 40th Edition