Driving enthusiasts were fans of the original Jetta GLI when it was first released in 1984. The Jetta GLI combined the usefulness of a sedan and the sportiness of a hatchback. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI recaptures the spirit of the early GLI, making it a favorite with Riverside Volkswagen shoppers, who appreciate its outstanding performance, ample storage space and up-to-date tech features.
Fully redesigned for 2019, the Jetta GLI gets a more powerful engine and new transmissions, including an optional six-speed manual. The cabin gets an upgrade, with available leather upholstery, a digital instrument panel and an 8-inch touchscreen.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is offered in three trim levels at dealerships like the Volkswagen dealer near Riverside: S, 35th Anniversary and Autobahn. The Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. While the standard Volkswagen Jetta has a torsion-beam rear suspension, the GLI has a multilink suspension.
With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2019 Jetta GLI gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway.* Those figures stay the same with the seven-speed automatic.
Inside the comfortable cabin, the driver will enjoy the optional digital dashboard. The driving position and steering wheel are what you’d expect from a sporty sedan. The Jetta GLI provides great visibility.
The S trim comes with 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, a limited-slip differential, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjustable interior ambient lighting, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also standard are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo system and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Opt for the 35th Anniversary trim and you’ll get dark gray 18-inch wheels with exclusive styling, DCC adaptive suspension, blacked-out exterior trim and 35th Anniversary interior and exterior badging.
The Autobahn trim adds ventilated leather seats, remote start (with the automatic gearbox), a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument panel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, a BeatsAudio system with eight speakers, and satellite radio.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, an automatic post-collision braking system and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI comes with all-season tires, but buyers can choose summer performance tires at no extra cost.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.