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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI arrived for the first time on the North American market in 1984, and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company announced today the special edition Edition 30. The model will be offered in two trim levels: Edition 30 and Edition 30 with Navigation, and will be put on sale in early 2014.
When compared to a base Jetta GLI, the new Edition 30 version will be distinguished by a red trim on the front grille, a trunk lid-mounted spoiler, "Edition 30" badges and a set of 18-inch, “Laguna” aluminum-alloy wheels. Buyers can order the Jetta GLI Edition 30 in just in four exterior colors: Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red and Reflex Silver Metallic.
The interior will be distinguished from normal Jetta GLIs by V-Tex leatherette seats with contrasting red accents, a new steering wheel with the same red contrast stitching. There will also be carbon-look trim inlays; "Edition 30" kickplates and floormats with red stitching.
Depending on the trim level, the new GLI Edition 30 offers as standard feature: leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio or RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system.
Click past the jump for a short history on Jetta GLI’s presence on the North American market.
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Jetta GLI’s History in the North American market
Volkswagen unveiled the Jetta GLI in 1984, while the Jetta was in its first generation, and this new trim added lots of drivetrain features and improvements over the GTI version. The model was powered by a 90-horsepower, fuel-injected, 1.8-liter engine combined with a close-ratio, five-speed transmission, sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, and vented front disc brakes.
The GLI version was distinguished by the rest of the lineup by a rear spoiler, and body-side moldings. Additionally, the interior featured a leather-wrapped, four-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, sport seats, and distinctive upholstery and interior trim.
Since then, the Jetta went through six different generations, and each time Volkswagen offered a GLI version. Things evolved over the years, and now the current generation is powered by a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter mated to either a close-ratio, six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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In 1984, Volkswagen introduced the first Jetta GLI to the U.S. market, setting the blueprint for all subsequent versions of this beloved sport sedan. The first GLI essentially wrapped a GTI’s running gear in Jetta sheetmetal—same 90-horsepower fuel-injected 1.8-liter engine, close-ratio five-speed transmission, sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, and vented front disc brakes. Externally, the car sported GLI badging, a tail spoiler, and bodyside moldings, while the interior was upgraded with a leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, three additional gauges in the center console, sport seats, and distinctive upholstery and interior trim.
That recipe still holds true today. Compared with a Jetta 1.8T, the GLI features a more powerful 2.0-liter TSI® engine, a close-ratio six-speed manual or DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, a sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, more aggressive body styling, and an interior that features sport seats and pedals.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first GLI, Volkswagen will sell the car only as an Edition 30 in two trim levels, starting in early 2014: the Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation. Compared with the current 2014 Jetta GLI, the GLI Edition 30 is distinguished externally by 18-inch “Laguna” aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler, and Edition 30 badging. The Edition 30 with Navigation also has red trim inside the Bi-Xenon headlights.
Inside, the Edition 30 benefits from contrasting color V-Tex leatherette seats with red accents; red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, and armrests; carbon-look trim inlays; Edition 30 kickplates; and floormats with red stitching. The car will be available in four colors: Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Reflex Silver Metallic.
The Edition 30 is extremely well equipped, with standard features such as front foglights; LED taillights; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle, and shift knob; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; and Bluetooth® connectivity. The Edition 30 with Navigation adds: Keyless access with push-button start; the RNS® 315 touchscreen navigation system; a rearview camera; LED daytime running lights; and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System. Pricing will be announced closer to market launch.
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The New Volkswagen Jetta GLI: 0-60 in Style
It seems like more and more Vineland drivers are choosing the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. It’s not hard to see why. This little compact packs a big wallop. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI goes 0-60 miles per hour in no time at all. And the 2.0L turbo engine is a step up from the older Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8L engine. Not to be overlooked is the very economical Volkswagen Jetta GLI gas mileage. You can test drive this amazing vehicle at Volkswagen of Salem County of Monroeville, and witness the Volkswagen Jetta GLI turbocharged performance yourself.
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The Impressive Volkswagen Jetta GLI Gas Mileage
Fortunately, with the Jetta GLI, you won’t have to sacrifice fuel economy for power. The EPA-estimated Volkswagen Jetta GLI gas mileage is 25 miles per gallon in the city, and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. That makes this car an economical choice for getting around Millville.
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI Turbocharged Performance
Drivers have been impressed with this compact’s powerful performance, ever since the brand introduced the Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8L engine. But, the current Volkswagen Jetta GLI turbo 2.0L TSI engine knocks it out of the park. Expect to get 228 horsepower and an amazing 258 lb-ft of torque out of this engine. In a Car and Driver test, The Volkswagen Jetta GLI achieved 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. No wonder it made their 2020 10 Best List.
Volkswagen Jetta GLI Features
There are lots of cool features available on the new GLI. Here are a few:
- Wi-fi hotspot
- Wireless charging
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather upholstery
- Ventilated front seats
Check Out the Jetta GLI at Volkswagen of Salem County
Come in for a test drive and see for yourself how fast the Volkswagen Jetta GLI goes from 0-60. While you’re here, you might as well check out the VW national offers. Or if you’re in the market for a used car, like an older Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8L model, we’ve got specials for that, as well. You can even apply for financing online. We’re just a short drive away from Washington Township. So drop by or contact us today!
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Edition 30 w/Nav 4dr DSG Features and Specs
Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: power driver seat, partial power front passenger seat and driver lumbar support
6-Way Driver Seat
6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
Car-Net Selective Service Internet Access
Sport Leather Steering Wheel
Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Aluminum/Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Leather Gear Shifter Material
Unique V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Cargo Access
Smart Device Integration
Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Redundant Digital Speedometer
Outside Temp Gauge
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
1 Seatback Storage Pocket
Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
2 12V DC Power Outlets
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2020 Jetta GLI Top Speed and 0-60 Acceleration
The GLI designation is what sets apart a Jetta from a Jetta GLI. For those unfamiliar, it’s an acronym that indicates not just a specific trim, but a completely different model. The GLI moniker indicates a performance-oriented engine and a more refined interior. While the upscale interior is appreciated, the draw for many remains the performance engine.
If performance is what you’re here for, we’re happy to say that the 2020 Jetta GLI doesn’t disappoint. Today we’ll examine how fast the 2020 Jetta GLI can go and how quick it accelerates. Let’s answer:
Is the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI fast?
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2020 Jetta GLI Top Speed and Acceleration
Official numbers for the 2020 Jetta GLI have yet to be released, but by examining the old model and comparing it to the new specs, we can make a hypothesis. The old Jetta GLI did 0-60 in 6.7 seconds. With the new, more powerful engine and the almost-instantaneous shifting from the 7-speed DSG transmission (don’t worry, there’s a manual transmission too), it’s a safe bet that the new GLI will do 0-60 in less than 6.0 seconds. Given that the engine is the same one included in the 2020 Golf GTI, we expect the top speed to be limited to 155 mph, just like it is in the Golf GTI.
2020 Jetta GLI Engine Specs
The 2020 Jetta GLI uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine. As mentioned before, it is the same one that appears in the 2020 Golf GTI. The engine pumps out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed DSG automatic based off of the exceptional 7-speed Porsche PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is known for some of the fastest and smoothest shifting currently capable with modern mechanics.
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Let us know! As soon as the 2020 Jetta GLI comes out, we’ll keep you in the loop. And when they’re finally available, don’t forget to schedule a test drive.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Arrival
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Back in March, 2012, we compared the Volkswagen GLI with the Honda Civic Si and Suzuki Kizashi Sport GTS, to name the best manual-transmission sport sedan for around $25,000. As you may know, the GLI won, delighting us with "the most rewarding, most refined driving experience, and the best packaging."
One of the few GLI traits we didn't appreciate was its inability to defeat stability control. For 2013, though, VW has wised up, offering the GLI with an ESC-off button. With that in mind, and given the fact that it won a heated comparison, we decided to spend a year with one -- albeit one equipped with the optional dual-clutch DSG automatic, which, for 2013, boasts a launch-control function -- to see if our appreciation would wane or grow.
I love hatchbacks, but the GLI's superior chassis and dynamics (and bigger back seat) make it my choice over the GTI.
At the test track, the launch control and DSG paid immediate dividends, scooting the 3247-pound GLI from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and through the quarter mile in 15.1 at 93.5 mph, matching the times of the 3201-pound manual car, which posted a slightly higher trap speed of 94.9. Around the figure eight, the DSG car put down a run of 26.5 seconds at 0.69 g, proving a bit slower but slightly stickier than the manual car (26.4 at 0.66). Lateral acceleration (0.87 g) and 60-0 braking (123 feet) were commendable and comparable with the stats of the manual car (0.90, 124).
Wearing an as-tested price tag of $30,095, our GLI with Autobahn and navi packages is as loaded as a Jetta can come, boasting 18-inch Bathhurst alloys, power sunroof, Fender audio, keyless access with push-button start, leatherette, dual-zone auto climate control, heated seats, bi-xenon headlamps, and backup camera. Of note are the bi-xenons: For 2013, they get Audi-esque LED accents.
With a relatively small 2.0-liter engine, the DSG-fitted Vee-Dub achieves EPA ratings of 24/32 mpg city/highway. As the primary pilot and caretaker of this sportiest of Jettas, I look forward to seeing if the GLI can achieve those numbers and live up to an already rosy reputation.
|2013 Volkswagen GLI|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$30,095|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||2.0L/200-hp/207-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||6-speed twin-clutch auto.|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3247 lb (60/40%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||182.2 x 70.0 x 56.6 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.5 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||15.1 sec @ 93.5 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||123 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.87 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.5 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||24/32 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY||140/105 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||0.72 lb/mile|
|TOTAL MILEAGE||6866 mi|
|AVERAGE FUEL ECON||27.3 mpg|
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Behind the Wheel
Volkswagen has been languishing in the United States. While its Audi luxury division has done well, the VW brand itself has been losing sales traction.
Despite loudly proclaimed high ambitions — in 2009 VW announced its intention to triple its United States sales — and large investments in American production facilities, sales fell 13 percent in the first six months of this year, according to Automotive News, compared with the first half of 2013.
And that decline came as most mainstream brands were growing. Nissan was up 13 percent. Chevrolet, despite all those recalls, gained 1 percent. And Subaru, once a marginal also-ran, jumped 16 percent, selling 238,008 vehicles to VW’s 179,144.
Some of VW’s lackluster sales can be attributed to poor reliability ratings in surveys by Consumer Reports and others. Some is due to the company’s inability to develop products with lasting appeal in this market. Either way, the wind is out of VW’s sails, and its sales.
So here is the Jetta GLI, the most sporting, most expensive version of VW’s best-selling car in America. My test car was practically blinding in Tornado Red paint, riding on a set of luscious 18-inch alloy wheels — a bold machine in a compact sector where most sedans are dressed in gentle gray, somnambulant silver or passive pewter. The GLI is a car built to add excitement to the line.
The wheels are part of an Edition 30 package that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the GLI. (The Jetta itself has been around since 1979.)It looks suitably Germanic, and VW likes to boast that it was engineered in Germany, but the Jettas sold in the United States are assembled at VW’s huge plant in Puebla, Mexico.
The Edition 30 treatment includes a red line across the grille, a trunk lid spoiler, some contrasting upholstery stitching, a few bits of carbon-fiber trim and the critically important Edition 30 badging. So if you love red lines on your grille, buy an Edition 30 right now; it’s unlikely that there will be an Edition 31 next year.
The formula for the GLI has always been straightforward. Since the Jetta has essentially been a Golf with a trunk, and the Golf GTI is a Golf with more power and better handling, it is easy to apply the distinctive GTI parts to the Jetta. The current Jetta, which was thoroughly redesigned for the 2011 model year, isn’t as closely related to the Golf as previous models had been, but the two cars are still close.
The test car was a Jetta GLI Edition 30 With Navigation (yes, that’s the proper name) with a $30,595 sticker price including an oppressive $820 delivery charge and no options. The GLI shares its turbocharged, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine, which makes 210 horsepower, with the GTI. The same 2-liter engine can be found in the Audi A3 quattro and the A4, producing 220 horsepower in a slightly different state of tune. And for no apparent reason, opting for the navigation system also brings along “Bi-Xenon” headlights with LED daytime running lights and halogen fog lights that come on to throw additional lumens into turns.
I refuse to pass along rumors that Bi-Xenons will soon invade the Earth and enslave us all.
In contrast, the basic Jetta S, powered by a naturally aspirated 115-horsepower 2-liter engine, starts at $17,715. One step up is the $19,715 SE powered by a turbocharged 170-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. So the GLI Edition 30 flies high over lesser Jettas.
But there’s still a lot of $18,000 Jetta S in this $30,000 GLI. The interior decoration isn’t just austere, it’s severe. The dashboard shapes are simple, the controls are straightforward and what decoration exists is easy to overlook. There’s nothing about the controls that’s illogical or frustrating, but there’s nothing memorable either.
Then there are the door panels, which are hard and unyielding. Softer textures there would make the whole cockpit feel richer and more comfortable.
Beyond that, the navigation screen is a puny five inches and the menus one has to scroll through to get anything done are obscure. I never did get my iPhone 5S to synch with the GLI’s Bluetooth system.
But the Fender-branded sound system makes fantastic noise.
The “leatherette” front seats aren’t as supportive as they should be, and for no apparent reason are not the same ones used in the GTI. But things impove when the start button low on the center console is pressed, the engine whirs to life and settles into a deceptively anonymous idle. Deceptive simply because this engine is flat wonderful. Flat, like its torque curve.
While the 210-horsepower rating seems modest — the Ford Focus ST’s 2-liter turbo engine is rated at 252 horsepower — the 207-pound feet of peak torque is available way down at 1,700 r.p.m. and then keeps on pulling. There are moments when snicking through the light-shifting 6-speed manual transmission seems almost superfluous. The low-end torque production is so easygoing that it doesn’t matter that the engine’s redline — the upper limits of safe operation — is only 6,100 rpm.
If the stick shift is too much work, a dual-clutch 6-speed automated transmission is also available for another $1,100. Car and Driver magazine tested a manual transmission 2013 Jetta GLI — when the engine was rated at 200 horsepower — and achieved a 0 to 60 time of 6.4 seconds. The current car doesn’t feel any quicker than that.
No surprise that the engine in the new GLI behaves identically to that in the last 2013 GTI that I drove (I haven’t sampled the new 2015 GTI.) The chassis, on the other hand, doesn’t.
While all 2011 Jettas used an inexpensive twist-beam axle in back, in 2013 VW wisely upgraded the GLI to the all-independent multilink system used in the GTI. All 2014 Jettas now use the multilink system.
But despite the improved tail end, the Jetta GLI lacks the Golf GTI’s fingertip sensitivity and eagerness to dive into corners. Some of that is due to the 104.4-inch wheelbase, which is almost three inches longer than the last-generation GTI, and more of it is likely due to the 16.3 inches of additional overall length. The two cars use electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering with the same ratio, and ride on the similar 225/40R18 all-season performance tires, but the Jetta feels heavier. There’s still fun to be had with the GLI, but it’s not as engaging as its little brother.
More irritating is a lack of sophistication in the ride quality. There’s plenty of room in the Jetta’s rear seat, but passengers back there take a beating on bumpy pavement. The harsh ride isn’t as noticeable from the front seats, but my wife and children complained loudly about their discomfort. In the back at least, where that big 15.5 cubic-foot trunk lives, VW has more stiffly sprung the Jetta GLI than the hatchback GTI.
Many of the revisions made to create the Jetta GLI Edition 30 forecast revisions that VW will make to the whole Jetta line for 2015. But they’re revisions and not a redesign.
What the Jetta GLI lacks is eagerness, a passion that would outshine its conservative design. After all, Tornado Red paint only takes you so far.
The GLI is neither a GTI with a trunk, nor a budget alternative to the high-style Audi A3. It needs to be at least as compelling as one of those if VW is going to tack into the wind and fill its sails.