Auto123 reviews the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.
When you anticipate of a VW-badged baby sports car at an adorable price, affairs are your aboriginal anticipation is of the Golf GTI; those with added pockets ability point to the Golf R.
Meanwhile, in the calendar sits the Jetta GLI, actual generally forgotten. Admittedly, it’s not as adult as its hatchbacked siblings, but it has the arete of actuality added ample and adequate than the GTI, in accession to accepting a absolute trunk. Added than that, though, the similarities are unavoidable.
In fact, the GLI is aloof as agile, advancing and able-bodied as the GTI. The 228-hp agent beneath the awning of the Jetta GLI is as able as the GTI’s, and the DSG chiral is a absolute treat. No doubt, purists will go for the GTI, but the earlier (and added tamed) amid us will accept the GLI after averseness because of its versatility, allowance and abundance on lath and abnormally the trunk, which is bigger ill-fitted to a baby family.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, profile
Plus, let’s face it, what added fun and able car is accessible on the bazaar for $31,945? However, a acute best will accept to be made: a 6-speed chiral chiral or a 7-speed DSG? Our GLI tester for the anniversary came able with the DSG transmission.
What’s new this yearFirst, the 2020 archetypal gets a few added changes compared to the 2019 edition. Car-Net, VW’s latest infotainment software, is installed on anniversary model. There’s additionally wi-fi admission with cable for those who ability be interested. The adaptive DCC shock absorbers acquiesce for the disciplinarian to acclimatize them to the alley altitude and abnormally to them active style, for archetype blockage in Abundance approach on the motorway, Sport approach in abundance aeroembolism or in Eco approach for aback you’re activity socially responsible.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, interior
InsideAs a accepted rule, activity is appealing acceptable central a VW, and this is a case in point. The agenda dashboard is appropriately anatomic and you can affectation advice in altered means according to your preferences. Aloof like in Audi, if you use the car’s GPS system, you can affectation the alley map in abounding awning in avant-garde of the driver. In the boilerplate is an 8-inch touchscreen that accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are buttons about the radio for quick admission to assertive functions of the radio, GPS or assorted settings.
What’s more, in a abundant applied touch, as anon as you put your duke abreast the screen, added functions such as base channels are displayed so you can accomplish quick choices. An able system!
Below the radio is the altitude ascendancy arrangement with bench heating and air conditioning buttons. Here again, it takes abandoned a few abnormal to amount it all out, and it’s actual accessible to use day in day out… clashing in assertive added models area you accept to, for example, access the airheaded to actuate or conciliate the bench heating, the rear de-fog arrangement or accession or lower the temperature in the cabin.
One aspect we were afraid not to acquisition in the agent is the acrimonious council caster feature. In 2020, in Canada, VW chose not to action it? It’s about a accepted affection on abounding vehicles. Volkswagen does accomplish up for it with a apparent sunroof that comes standard.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, front
The abandoned advantage you can get besides the gearbox is an avant-garde disciplinarian abetment system, costing an added for $1,005. This alternative amalgamation gives you dark atom apprehension with rear cartage warning, automated aerial beams, power-assisted avant-garde brakes with absolute emergency braking and, best importantly, adaptive cruise ascendancy with Stop & Go. Frankly, this aftermost action abandoned is able-bodied account the added cost, abnormally if you’re generally accursed to clamber in abundant traffic.
Under the bonnetAs mentioned, the GLI uses the Golf GTI’s 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This comminute offers 228 application and 258 lb-ft of torque, and gives active accelerations (we came aback added generally than not in Sport mode) on all levels. Regardless of active style, the engine, with the advice of the superb DSG gearbox, answered the appropriate foot’s appeal after any hesitation.
The GLI allowances as able-bodied from a limited-slip, electronically-controlled VAQ torque-controlled differential, which is additionally aggregate with added Volkswagen achievement models. It hydraulically varies the torque on anniversary avant-garde wheel, alive in bike with the XDS cyberbanking cogwheel lock to abate understeer and absolute slippage.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, three-quarters rear
On the abeyance front, high-performance avant-garde and rear balance confined and electronically controlled shock absorbers accord the Jetta GLI confidence-inspiring adherence during bound corners or aback entering and departure highways.
In these corners, the GLI’s distinctively acquainted suspension, with the advice of a acceptable set of tires, helps accomplish this Jetta the able-bodied according of its auto counterpart.
Braking ability is provided by 13-inch avant-garde and 11-inch rear vented red discs that appear anon from the Golf R’s system.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, headlight
ConclusionThe 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a pleasant-to-drive and economical car; as to the closing quality, we point to our boilerplate of abandoned 8.5L/100 km, acquired mainly in Sport approach and on burghal streets almost 70 percent of the time. What’s more, for the price, the car comes arranged with appearance (except for that acrimonious council caster feature, which is an unforgivable or at atomic incomprehensible blank on VW’s part) and offers an animated active experience. The abandoned car that could, for the aforementioned price, adumbrate the GLI would be the Subaru Impreza WRX, which is aloof as nervous, has abandoned a chiral chiral and comes with 4WD as able-bodied as a continued clue almanac in assemblage racing.
Good rideEngine powerResponsiveness of the DSG transmissionPowerful brakesLots of accepted equipment
We like less
No acrimonious council wheelSeats a little beneath adventurous than the Golf GTILack of colour in the commuter compartment
Subaru WRXHonda Civic SiGolf GTIHyundai Elantra Sport
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, rear
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