2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

When it first debuted in 1984, the Volkswagen GLI was dubbed a "GTI with a trunk" and its mission was simple: to deliver an accessible German performance sedan. The car had to be undeniably fun to drive without sacrificing any of the usability and efficiency that drivers expected from the brand. While technology, efficiency, safety, and-of course-performance have come leaps and bounds in 35 years, the mission of the Volkswagen sixth-generation hot sedan remains exactly the same.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

New for 2021


The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is offered in two trim levels: S and Autobahn. In a modest value realignment, Autobahn models introduce new infotainment and driver-assistance systems. Autobahn models have standard Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Assist, and Light Assist. Additionally, the new MIB3 Infotainment system will be standard on Autobahn models.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Pricing for the Jetta GLI with 6-speed manual transmission starts at $26,345. The 7-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission starts at $27,145. Destination charges for all Jetta GLI models is $995.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Exterior


While the 2021 GLI features the MQB architecture, coupe-like profile of the Jetta, it adds sporty styling cues that hint at its beefed-up powertrain. Featuring a sport suspension, the GLI sits 0.6 inches lower than a regular Jetta, giving it a more planted look. The front bumper features a lower front spoiler and larger air intake than the regular Jetta.

A standard compliment of full-LED lighting, including front LED projector headlights, LED DRLs and side mirror-mounted turn signals, as well as LED taillights, sets the GLI apart from its competition. Featuring a red accent stripe, the wide grille on the Jetta GLI is filled with a honeycomb pattern that gives a subtle nod to previous GLI variants as well as its spiritual sibling, the Golf GTI. Unique lower side skirts carry the line to a more aggressive rear bumper, which features LED taillights, a finned diffusor and dual chrome exhaust tips.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Interior


The sporty GLI variant mimics the driver-focused cockpit of the Jetta. The instruments and infotainment system are arranged in an easy-to-read horizontal orientation, and the center console is angled toward the driver. Meanwhile, design elements from the exterior are repeated in the cabin for a touch of sportiness, and premium soft-touch materials are used throughout.

A black interior sets the stage for sporty details to pop throughout. Red stitching is used on the steering wheel, shifter, armrest and floormats. Comfort sport seats feature red stitching both on the cloth seats on S models, as well as the leather seating surfaces on Autobahn models. Diamond flag d├ęcor trim, black headliner, stainless steel pedal caps and a leather-wrapped sport multifunction steering wheel are standard on every model. DSG-equipped cars gain paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel.

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