Is this the best compact sports sedan money can buy?
I have always been a fan of the Golf GTI and Polo GTI, basically any performance hatchback from Volkswagen but what they have done here has really grabbed my attention.
Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show is the all new VW Jetta GLI and is one of the very few compact sports sedans I actually like… or maybe love. GLI stands for Grand Luxury Injection which sounds very la-di-da but luckily, we just read it as GLI.
With the Mk7 Golf and soon Mk8 stealing all the limelight, the Jetta has been neglected. Now however, I think the tables could be turning. The looks of this thing are phenomenal. It looks aggressive yet usable. I am really taken by this, especially in that grey colour. This is very odd as I have never been a fan of sedans but I think all that is about to change.
The GLI uses the Golf GTI’s 2.0L turbocharged in-line 4 engine which produces 228 horsepower and an impressive 258 lb-ft of torque. As well as this, the GLI has been fitted with the front brakes from the Golf R, this should allow for some impressive performance. You can opt for either a 6 speed manual or the excellent seven speed DSG gearbox. Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with the DSG.
Obviously, the inside is fairly similar to that of a MK7 Golf GTI which is excellent and one of the nicest, affordable interiors money can buy. From the materials to the tech, the inside of a Mk7 Golf GTI will always be up there for me.
If you were impressed by all that, the Jetta GLI is set to have a starting cost of around $20,000 which isn’t bad at all considering what you are getting. It is due to hit the dealerships this Spring, so get your wallets ready.
There are however, rumours of a Jetta R coming to the market. Motor Trend spoke with Derrick Hatami, Volkswagen America’s Vice President of sales and marketing and he said “Never say never” when discussing the possibility of a Jetta R. I personally think a Jetta R is too much and am happy with just the GLI, but VW gotta do what they gotta do…
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Unfortunately for us Brits, the Jetta won’t be available to us but leaves us the perfect excuse to take a visit to the States.
Do you want one as much as I do?