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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Overview

Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - April 20, 2021

What's New

Cynics will see the Jetta GLI as just another trim level of the Jetta sedan, but Volkswagen gives it enough of a reworking that it shares little with its namesake beyond the bodywork and basic platform. 228 horsepower, an exclusive suspension design, and two unique trim levels afford the GLI the same air of distinction typically given to the better-known GTI. Thinking of the GLI as the four-door version of the GTI is a more appropriate way to look at this hot-rod compact sedan.

For 2021, VW has made the Jetta GLI Autobahn trim more appealing with a new infotainment system and more standard driver-assist features, including adaptive cruise control.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta GLI

All 2021 GLI models are four-door sedans and use the same high-output turbocharged four-cylinder. Pricing begins at $27,340 for a base S and $31,740 for an Autobahn.

Engine Choices

All GLIs use the GTI's engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, known as DSG in VW parlance.

Unlike lesser Jettas, the GLI fits an independent rear suspension in the back, lowers the whole chassis half an inch, stiffens the springs, and enlarges the brakes. The sum total of all these upgrades is more dynamic performance without a sacrifice in everyday comfort.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Jetta GLI has room for five passengers and features 37.5 inches of rear legroom. The trunk holds 14.1 cubic feet of cargo.

Safety Features

The Jetta GLI comes standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward-collision warning. Moving into the Autobahn trim now brings adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and lane-keep assist.

The Jetta garnered top marks from the IIHS for crashworthiness but failed to nab the Top Safety Pick award due to headlights rated as "Marginal." The NHTSA gave the Jetta five stars out of five for overall crash protection.

Connectivity

The base Jetta GLI trim, the S, comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The base setup also gets Bluetooth, a single USB port, and six speakers.

Moving into the Autobahn trim brings a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen that runs VW's MIB3 infotainment system, which is the latest generation of VW's in-car software. Besides improved hardware and processing speeds, the upgraded system features smartphone integration, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, and app integration.

All GLIs come with five years of VW's Car-Net subscription plan, which offers buyers a comprehensive set of services that can be accessed via app. Users can remotely control functions such as the locks, climate control, and lights, activate the remote start, and provide the last parked location of the car. Car-Net also provides information on parameters such as mileage, fuel level, and whether the doors are locked and the windows fully up.

Dig further into Car-Net and you'll find diagnostic information, the ability to impose speed limits and curfew times, and an opportunity to enroll in a monitoring program that can potentially turn your good driving habits into insurance discounts.

Jetta GLI S - From $27,340

Standard features on the S trim include cloth upholstery, keyless entry, 10-color ambient lighting, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control. The exterior sports 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, red brake calipers, and a spoiler. A drive mode selector with four individual settings is also standard.

Apart from an $800 upcharge for the DSG gearbox and a shade of gray that runs for $295, there are no options.

Jetta GLI Autobahn - From $31,740

Spend a bit more for the Autobahn trim and you'll get leather upholstery, power seats, a digital gauge cluster, a power driver's seat, heated and cooled front seats, and a sunroof. As mentioned previously, the Autobahn now comes with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, auto high-beams, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with the latest MIB3 infotainment software.

A $595 Black Package pairs black-painted mirrors and a rear spoiler with dark gray 18-inch wheels. Otherwise, options are limited to the DSG transmission.

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CarsDirect Tip

The Autobahn is tempting with its extra features, but everything you need can be found on the more affordable S. Cheap thrills is what a car like this is all about, and the nearly $32,000 Autobahn just doesn't strike us as much of a value, even with its impressive list of equipment.

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