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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Full Review: Gets Even Better for 2019

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is notably better than that of the regular Jetta GLI’s, but if you’re going to compare it to the GTI you need to take into account its weight and dimensions. You will need to work exhausting to discover a car that’ll sustain with the Jetta GLI on a difficult mountain street — each when it comes to velocity and enjoyable. The seventh-generation Jetta GLI is bigger and more refined than ever. THE SEVENTH-GENERATION JETTA IS LIKE a changing-room mirror for American consumers: uncomfortable to look at, but achingly honest. And that is a type of uncommon instances the place the analog gauges look low cost and the digital sprint is simply extra … particular. By the tape, VW has increased front- and rear-seat space in just about every dimension; in the real world it means that it’s possible for me, at six-feet and five-inches, to “sit behind myself” … albeit rather uncomfortably.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Exterior Design

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI LED headlights, daytime running lights and taillights are standard on all, including the cheapest base model, and the S comes with standard 16-inch alloy wheels. Which led many to expect big things from a spiffed-up GLI version. But really, you can’t go wrong with any of the colors, (red, white, black, gray, & silver) VW offers for the ’19 Jetta GLI. One thing that might rub fans of nice German cars the wrong way is the finishing, much of which is of hard plastic that’s not particularly seductive to the touch.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Increase Reliability and Safety

And like all 2018 and newer Volkswagens models (except the e-Golf), the 2019 Jetta GLI adds reliability peace of mind with VW’s six-year, 72,000-miles, bumper-to-bumper warranty that can be transferred to a subsequent buyer. And for loyal car buyers, the company’s new 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty should be a big enticement compared to the competition. We are fans of this company’s quiet and understated interior designs, but after experiencing its lively driving dynamics, there was hope that it would translate to a more unique interior for this car. Despite the presence of the usual interior build quality excellence found in other Volkswagen products, the switchgear and interior materials that were exposed are all obvious carryovers from the Golf and the Atlas. Last year, VW finally got competitive in the American crossover market with its redesigned Tiguan and new Atlas.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Interior Feature

It’s also more cavernous inside than ever before. In these turns, it prevents the front inside wheel from spinning, pulls the car through corners, and contributes to pleasantly neutral handling. This should translate into more room for passengers and cargo inside. The rear seat remains spacious, with enough room for a pair of 6-footers to sit one in front of the other, even with a moonroof. 2019 is more stylish but remains more grownup looking than, for example, the sportier, more exuberant and younger vibe of the latest Civic.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Appearance

The Jetta GLI’s wheelbase has been stretched 1.3 inches to 105.7 inches, which helps the car maintain its proportions even with an overall length that has grown to 185.1 inches. It comes standard with the base Jetta GLI’s optional Driver Assist package. The model also comes with ventilated front disc brakes and solid disc brakes in back, both sets getting snazzy red calipers. While compact cars such as the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic seem to get most of the attention, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI remains a solid option.

The numbers are better when it comes to mass, with Volkswagen quoting sub-3000-pound curb weights for both the manual and automatic versions of the 2019 Jetta GLI, which it claims are lighter than the old models. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 1.8T Sport, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. Moreover, it includes safety features like blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.