2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI – Specifications, Pictures, Prices

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The cabin of the GLI features sport bucket seats with red stitching and a sport flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, the GLI logo and aluminum accents. The overall interior styling consistently follows the sporty exterior lines of the car and includes a soft-touch dashboard and other premium interior trimming that were stripped out of lesser Jetta models for cost reasons.

The GLI is available in cloth or V-Tex Leatherette and also features alloy pedals, shifter, dash and door trim. To increase versatility, the rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds.

While lesser Jettas make do with a simple twist-beam rear axle for the latest generation (previously, all Jettas had a fully independent suspension), the GLI benefits a four-link independent rear suspension with an upgraded anti-roll bar. This setup helps the GLI hug the corners like a GTI with a trunk and avoid the somewhat imprecise handling of normal Jettas.

The GLI also accelerates like a GTI thanks to a powertrain taken directly from Volkswagen’s sporty hatchback. Underhood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 210 horsepower (up 10 for the latest model year) and 207 lb-ft of torque that mates to either a satisfying six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The DSG comes with steering wheel-mounted paddles for sequential-style shifting and rev-matched downshifts, and for the latest model year the transmission gains launch-control for speedy acceleration runs.

Equipped with the DSG, the GLI is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway, while opting for the row-your-own option will mean trading one city mpg for an extra one on the open freeway.

Trim Level Breakdown

Volkswagen makes the GLI as a base model, the mid-grade GLI Autobahn and the top-spec GLI Autobahn with Navigation.

The entry-level GLI comes equipped with A/C, power windows and locks, a Touchscreen Premium VII sound system, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-bolstered cloth seats, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free smartphone connectivity, an iPod input jack and a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel with shifter paddles if the car is equipped with the DSG transmission.

The GLI Autobahn adds heated seats upholstered with V-Tex leatherette, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 400-watt Fender audio system, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels.

True to its name, the GLI Autobahn with Navigation brings a navigation system in addition to keyless access with push-button start. For the latest year, the trim level gains a rearview camera and bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights.

The Jetta GLI includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety including electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response System, which initiates automatic safety protection in some types of collisions — the electrical supply to the fuel pump is shut off, the doors unlock and the hazard lights switch on.

The GLI also features driver and front passenger airbags, dual side airbags in front and dual Side Curtain Protection airbags in front and rear.

Competitors

The Jetta GLI’s main rivals include the Ford Focus ST. which blends a potent turbo four with hatchback versatility, as well as the Subaru WRX, which features all-wheel drive and the choice of a sedan or five-door hatch configuration. Those looking for something outside of the mainstream can also opt for the Mitsubishi Lancer. which features a de-tuned version of the legendary Evolution’s engine and a dual-clutch gearbox.

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