2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was and is a huge success, improving upon the looks, specs, and features of its past generation. However, Volkswagen doesn’t seem fit to stop there. Now that things have had time to settle, Volkswagen has made a big announcement at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show! That would be the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI!

For those who don’t know, the VW Jetta GLI relates to the VW Jetta as the VW Golf GTI relates to the VW Golf. That is to say, it is a model with the same build, but with a lot of extra power as well as additional performance and luxury features. Now, this new Jetta GLI has the added benefits of the stylish new Jetta look as well as the implemented Volkswagen MQB platform, creating an entirely better beast for the road.

Still, for those who need a bit more clarification, we thought it’d be helpful to compare the standard Volkswagen Jetta sedan against this new and powerful upgrade. This way, you can see the differences between the baseline Jetta and its top-tier performance trim. It’s the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI!

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

1.4L Turbocharged Inline 4 Baseline Engine 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
147 hp Horsepower 228 hp
184 lb-ft Torque 258 lb-ft
6-Speed Manual Manual Transmission Option 6-Speed Manual
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic Automatic Transmission Option 7-Speed DSG® Dual-Clutch Automatic
$18,745 Starting MSRP TBD

When is the USA Release Date of the 2019 VW Jetta GLI?

We’ve already covered the standard 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in detail, so we won’t get too much into its specifics here. However, for a quick overview, we’ll state that its advantages as a sedan entail its affordable pricing, standard driver assistance features, automatic and manual transmission options, and a fuel economy rating that’s as good as you can get without upgrading to a hybrid.

So, what does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI add to this equation asides from power? Although many additional features are still to be announced, we do know from its Chicago Auto Show debut that the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will also include the following:

  • DCC® Adaptive Damping System
  • Driver Personalization Profiles
  • Golf R Brakes
  • KESSY® Keyless Access with Push-Button Start
  • Multi-Link Independent Rear Suspension
  • Multiple Driving Modes
  • VAQ Limited-Slip Differential

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is out now and available for purchase, such as from our online inventory here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen. Meanwhile, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be out quite soon, with an announced spring 2019 release date. Therefore, expect it to hit stores within the next couple of months. For more information, please contact us. The J. Bertolet VW dealership is located in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania within Schuylkill County.

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