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2015 Volkswagen Jetta GLI : Current Models

Think of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI as the VW Golf GTI’s wallflower cousin, and you’ll get a sense of what this often overlooked sport sedan has to offer. No longer siblings in the way they once were, the Jetta GLI sits on a less sophisticated platform and has a less powerful engine than the redesigned 2015 Golf GTI, but nevertheless employs a similarly compelling recipe of practicality, value, and fun.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine sits behind the Jetta GLI’s special honeycomb grille, making 207 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is made fairly low in the rev range, and remains available nearly to where peak horsepower takes over. The result is an engine that feels much stronger than the numbers might suggest.

A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG – an automatic manual transmission) available as an option. Both route power to the front wheels through Volkswagen’s cross-differential system (XDS), which is designed to limit torque steer and make the Jetta GLI feel more responsive turning into, and accelerating out of, corners.

Combine these bits of mechanical goodness with a lowered performance suspension, attractive 18-inch aluminum wheels, and sport-bolstered front seats wrapped in V-tex leatherette with red piping, and you’ve got an affordable, German-flavored sport sedan. Additionally, the Jetta GLI features standard vertical fog lights, LED taillights, a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel, and stainless steel pedal caps.

Oh, and did we mention the Jetta's roomy trunk, starting price of about $27,000, and "Top Safety Pick" crash-test rating? There is plenty to love about a Jetta GLI.

Changes for 2015
Updated styling with new aluminum wheel design, LED taillights, improved aerodynamics
Revised interior details including instrumentation, trim, and accents
Available bi-Xenon headlights with an adaptive front lighting system
Optional blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert
Free maintenance program shrinks to one year or 12,000 miles

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