Volkswagen New Jetta New Review – volkswagen new jetta
You may bethink the ’80s-era bartering for the aboriginal Volkswagen GTI, which was backtracked by a adapted adaptation of the Beach Boys archetypal ’60s song “Little GTO” … with GTI subbing in for GTO — accent on little GTI.
But what if you’d like more? Plus the same? And for a lot less?
Enter the 2019 Jetta GLI.
What It Is
The Jetta is VW’s entry-level bunched sedan.
The GLI is a Jetta auto alloyed with the compact-sized Golf GTI’s high-performance drivetrain.
It has the aforementioned 228 application turbocharged 2.0-liter agent and comes accepted with the aforementioned six-speed chiral transmission, a affection about unfindable in annihilation new with four doors and a trunk.
You can additionally get it with the aforementioned seven-speed dual-clutch automated chiral that’s optional, aloof for a lot beneath money.
The Jetta GLI with the chiral six-speed chiral costs $25,595 to alpha against $27,595 for the base-trim GTI with the aforementioned engine/transmission.
A top-of-the-line GLI with the Autobahn package, which includes VW’s DCC adaptive suspensions arrangement and the alternative seven-speed automated chiral transmission, costs $29,995. The aforementioned amalgamation in a GTI costs $37,095.
You additionally get about two inches added back-seat legroom and the advantage to buy some high-end appearance that aren’t accessible in the GTI, like an all-digital dash.
The 2019 Jetta itself is all new for 2019, and the GLI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged agent gets an 18-horsepower upgrade.
The new amount is lower, too. Aftermost year’s 210-horsepower GLI amount $29,545 to alpha — about as abundant as the new GLI Autobahn — with everything.
It’s GTI achievement in a beyond and added flush package.
The GLI is a accomplished new car.
It gets a amount abatement with all this newness.
What’s Not So Good
The GTI auto still has added burden room.
The GLI, actuality a larger/heavier car, isn’t as absolutely as active as the GTI.
The new Jetta has developed a brace of inches, but its block has shrunk.
Under the Hood
Both the GLI and the GTI get an uprated adaptation of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which now has 228 application — up from 210 aftermost year — and 258 foot-pounds of torque accomplished at 1,700 rpm captivation through best of the powerband.
You can about-face apparatus yourself via the accepted six-speed chiral chiral or let the dual-clutch automated about-face them for you.
Either way, the GLI gets to 60 mph in six seconds, the aforementioned as the GTI.
The cars get the aforementioned gas breadth — 24 mpg burghal and 32 mpg artery with the six-speed manual, and 25 mpg burghal and 31 mpg artery with the alternative seven-speed automated — which is absorbing accustomed that the GLI is about 200 pounds heavier.
On the Road
It’s not aloof the GTI’s drivetrain and achievement that accomplish it appealing. It’s the almost-Audi plushness, which shouldn’t be hasty accustomed the aggregate MQB architectonics basal the newest VWs and Audis. MQB is a German acronym abbreviate for “Modularer Querbaukasten,” with modular actuality the key affair to grok.
So abundant is actuality aggregate now in agreement of the basic that there’s not that abundant aberration anymore in agreement of ride quality, abundance and quiet amid the people’s car and the luxury-brand (and priced) car.
The GLI’s abeyance affability is a bit softer than the GTI’s; anatomy cycle is added apparent during adamantine cornering, but the upside is it’s a added luxurious-feeling car back you’re not cornering hard.
The axis amphitheater of the best (185.2 inches) GLI is additionally a little added (36.4 inches) than the abundant beneath (168 inches) and shorter-wheelbased GTI, which can cut a U-turn in 35.8 feet.
And of course, the GTI can clasp itself through holes in cartage (and into parking spots) that are too bound for the GLI.
At the Curb
The new Jetta is about midsize in agreement of breadth and about Audi in several ways, including accessible luxury-car features, such as the all-digital dashboard.
You can additionally get a 35th-anniversary amalgamation that isn’t accessible with the GTI. It includes the DCC adaptive abeyance system, blacked-out grille analysis and a unique-to-this-model 18-inch caster amalgamation with thin-line pinstriping about the lip of the rims.
Another aberration amid the GLI and GTI is the alternative Beats (in the GLI) against Fender (in the GTI) audio system. You’ll accept to accept to both to adjudge which is better.
The capital anatomic aberration amid the GLI and the GTI is cargo-carrying capacity.
Though abundant stubbier — aloof 168 inches continued against the GLI’s 185.2 inches — the GTI has 52.7 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude because it’s a hatchback.
Being a auto with a trunk, the beyond GLI alone has 14.1 cubic anxiety of cargo-carrying capacity.
This is hardly beneath than aftermost year’s Jetta’s 15.7-cubic-foot trunk.
For alike added achievement but no added money, advancement to the Summer tires. Aloof be acquainted they are abhorrent tires for winter active (swap them out in fall).
The Bottom Line
If you consistently capital a GTI — with more, for beneath — now you can accept one!
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