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About the Volkswagen GLI


If you like the stylish design and compact size of the Volkswagen Jetta but could use something with a little more zest under the hood, try on the GLI for size. This five-passenger sedan is marketed as the performance version of the Jetta—offering a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and a standard turbocharged 2.0L engine. 

The GLI is offered as part of the Jetta's sixth generation of production (2013-2018) and saw a fresh redesign for the 2019 model year (seventh generation). On its 2019 base model, you'll find such standard features as a limited-slip differential, heated front seats, and even smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Be sure to check out this small-but-mighty sedan as you shop for your next vehicle. 

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Q: What does Volkswagen GLI stand for?

A: It is believed that "GLI" in this instance stands for "Grand Luxe Injected" or "Grand Luxury Injection." 

Q: Is the Volkswagen GLI a Jetta?

A: Yes, the GLI is marketed as the performance model of the Jetta. For example, the 2016 GLI features performance-oriented features like a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, upgraded brakes, and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 210 hp. The standard engine on a 2016 Jetta, on the other hand, is a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder at 150 hp. 

Q: What is the difference between a Volkswagen GLI and a GTI?

A: Both are performance vehicles, but the GTI is larger and offers more cargo space (22.8 cubic feet in its 2016 model versus 15.7 cubic feet on the 2016 GLI). Also, whereas the GLI is the performance version of the Jetta, the GTI is the performance version of the Volkswagen Golf. 

Q: Does the Volkswagen GLI have a turbo?

A: Yes, the GLI is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 210 hp (2013-2018 models) and 228 hp (2019 model). 

Volkswagen GLI Trim Configurations

The Volkswagen GLI has been offered in a number of trim configurations over the past two generations, though the base engine size has remained the same: a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Hp output for this engine increases slightly with the 2019 redesign at 228 hp versus the previous 210 hp. Front-wheel drive and a six- or seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission are also standard. 

Volkswagen GLI Sixth Generation (2013-2014) 

Base (2014 & 2017-2018) 

The GLI Base trim was renamed the SE trim for 2015-2016 before it was brought back as the Base for 2017. The following features are specific to the 2014 GLI Base: 

  • 17-inch alloy wheels 
  • Keyless entry 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Six-speaker sound system 
  • Bluetooth® connectivity 

Edition 30 (2014)

  • Larger 18-inch wheels 
  • Sport-tuned suspension 
  • Sunroof 
  • Keyless entry and ignition 
  • Premium Fender sound system 

Autobahn (2013-2014) 

The following trim features are specific to the 2014 model year: 

  • 18-inch wheels 
  • Automatic climate control 
  • Heated front seats 
  • Premium vinyl upholstery 
  • Six-way power driver seat 

SE (2015-2016)

  • These features are based on the 2016 GLI: 
  • Sport-tuned suspension 
  • Push-button start 
  • Heated front seats 
  • Heated windshield wiper nozzles 

SEL (2015-2016)

  • Automatic headlights 
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers 
  • Vanity mirror lights 

Volkswagen GLI Seventh Generation (2019-Present)


  • 18-inch wheels 
  • Dual-zone climate control 
  • Keyless entry with bush-button start 
  • Smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® 
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen interface 

35th Anniversary

  • Gray-painted 18-inch wheels 
  • Blacked-out exterior trim 
  • DCC adaptive suspension 
  • Unique interior and exterior badging 


  • Ventilated leather seats 
  • Remote start 
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display 
  • Eight-speaker sound system 
  • Panoramic sunroof 

Reviews for Volkswagen GLI

Overall Rating

4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Great car and great buying experience!

I love this car! It is reliable and fun to drive!


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- Rachel Donovan, 2012 Volkswagen GLI

If you want a fun to drive car with German engineering at $20K less than a BMW

With a six speed manual transmission it is a blast to drive. Turbo 4 cyl has tons of pick up for taking off and for passing. A fun car all the way around.


  • Power: Turbo 4 is a blast to drive
  • Ride and Handling: For every day fun even when you aren't on curvy mountain roads it is great.
  • Interior Space: Leg room in rear seat is expansive-much larger than my TSX


  • Cabin Noise: Performance tires with a lower cost vehicle = some road noise
  • Fuel Economy: Still average 23 in town and 31-32 on highway with some spirited driving!

- Vince Richardson, 2012 Volkswagen GLI

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