2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI review: Hot hatch in sedan clothing
With a punchy super motor and accessible manual transmission, the Jetta GLI may look a little dull, however driving it is definitely not.
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the thing that happens when a hot bring forth grows up. This energetic vehicle has every one of the features of its boisterous GTI kin, bundled in an attractive, develop covering.
The GLI separates itself from the standard Jetta with bigger air admissions, a low front spoiler and one of a kind side skirts. The grille follows the GTI with its honeycomb example and exemplary red emphasize stripe. The GLI sits 0.6 inches lower to the ground than the standard Jetta and has an extraordinary back guard and diffuser, just as double chrome exhaust tips. However, even with these energetic contacts, the GLI actually slides under the radar.
The Jetta GLI is controlled by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 motor pushing out 228 drive and 258 pound-feet of force – the equivalent powertrain you’ll discover in the GTI. The GLI accompanies front-wheel drive, and keeping in mind that you can get a seven-speed double grasp programmed transmission, my analyzer has the six-speed manual. Score.
My Autobahn trim comes total with the DCC versatile damping framework, with modes for Normal, Sport and Eco, just as a Custom setting. DCC permits me to dial in that Custom arrangement, with singular choices for the damping, guiding, drivetrain, motor sound, front differential and even environment controls.
In any case, I don’t think the Custom setting makes a big deal about a distinction. In spite of evaluating a lot of various arrangements during my week with the vehicle, the Normal and Sport modes turn out great. Quite a bit of my commendation for the standard Sport setting is because of the restricted slip front differential that works with the GLI’s electronic differential lock. Force goes to the front wheel with the most grasp, there’s practically no understeer and wheelspin is nonexistent.
The base Jetta gets an old fashioned twist bar back suspension, yet the GLI overhauls that equipment to a multilink autonomous arrangement. Joined with the GLI’s beefier move bars and stiffer springs, this car is unquestionably prepared to play. It quickly settles after asphalt undulations, emerging from an off-camber turn with nary a hair strange. The guiding is brisk, immediate and profound, however it could utilize a smidgen more in the method of criticism. The 13.4-inch vented front brakes are lifted from the Golf R hatchback, combined with 11.8-inch measurement brakes in the back. These plugs are strong, despite the fact that I wish the pedal’s commitment point was slightly higher.
The GLI is an impact on dirt roads, however it’s fine for day by day driving, as well. Standard on the GLI are progressed driver’s guides, for example, forward-crash notice, programmed crisis slowing down, vulnerable side observing and back cross-traffic alert. My high level Autobahn trim goes further with path keeping help and versatile journey control. Indeed, versatile voyage control works with a manual transmission, albeit just at higher velocities. There isn’t any sort of low-speed follow and once the GLI figures it will slow down, the framework separates and the driver dominates.
The Jetta GLI’s mileage is good, returning an EPA-assessed rating of 24 miles for every gallon in the city, 33 mpg interstate and 28 mpg consolidated. Even following seven days of determinedly forceful driving, I’m as yet ready to hit that 28-mpg normal.
Inside, the GLI’s lodge tech is basic and direct. The standard infotainment arrangement utilizes a little 6.5-inch show, yet the Autobahn knocks that up to a more pleasant 8.0-inch screen running VW’s most recent MIB3 innovation. This framework can deal with numerous Bluetooth telephone pairings on the double, and I love that the screen is calculated towards the driver so it’s not difficult to see and reach. MIB3’s menus are spread out insightfully so there is anything but a major expectation to absorb information, by the same token. Remote Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both norm, and notwithstanding a remote charging cushion, there are three USB-C ports and a 12-volt outlet to keep your gadgets squeezed.
The Autobahn trim has Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, a 10-inch adaptable measure group that gives the driver a wide range of data like vehicle information, driver-help highlight status and sound and telephone access. It can likewise be altered with various plans, including a full-screen route see. It’s not exactly as extravagant jeans as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, yet it’s basically a similar thought, and one of my #1 vehicle inside highlights.
It’s somewhat of a bummer that the GLI isn’t offered with any peculiar inside plan contacts like the GTI hatchback’s plaid seats. All you’ll discover here is dark material or discretionary cowhide with differentiating red sewing. The Jetta at any rate has a 10-shading LED surrounding lighting framework that arranges with your chose driving mode: white for Normal, red for Sport and blue for Eco. In the event that that doesn’t exactly measure up for your mind-set, you can pick your own tones, too.
Like the standard Jetta, the GLI’s inside materials are acceptable yet not extraordinary. A portion of my associates mourn the less expensive plastics and too-delicate seats, particularly since the GTI’s lodge feels more premium by examination. The car’s trunk is genuinely roomy at 14.1 cubic feet, and my 5-foot, 9-inch outline fits fine and dandy in the back seat – my knees don’t contact the front seatbacks and my head doesn’t brush the rooftop.
To the extent contenders go, you can in any case catch a Honda Civic Si, or the all-wheel-drive Mazda3 Turbo is a decent choice, however it’s more costly. The new Hyundai Elantra N Line has somewhat less force than the GLI, but at the same time it’s offered with a manual transmission and has some truly cool plan. The Subaru WRX is another other option, yet it’s going downhill, and the Jetta is a more pleasant all-around vehicle.
The 2021 Jetta GLI begins at $27,340 including $995 for objective. The Autobahn is a $4,000 upcharge, and keeping in mind that I don’t think the adjustable DCC case has a major effect, the lodge tech is altogether better. All in, an Autobahn with the six-speed manual like this test vehicle costs $32,335.
Obviously, the GLI’s greatest rival is the GTI sitting close to it in the VW display area, and the Jetta undermines its Golf identical by two or three thousand dollars while as yet giving essentially something similar on-street thrills. The GTI’s hatchback configuration is much more down to earth, however the GLI feels like an out and out more adult bundle – however it’s even more than willing to get somewhat raucous.