The Volkswagen Jetta was one of the biggest new models introduced last year. In 2019 we get a redesigned GLI that keeps the six-speed manual while getting more power.
The 2019 Volkswagen GLI gets the same visual treatment as the new Jetta which means a a square face and headlights, and sharp angles throughout. The GLI is lower by 0.7 inches than a traditional Jetta, gets unique 18-inch wheels, and behind those wheels are the brakes from the Golf R. A honeycomb grill design is standard fare.
Powering the new 2019 GLI is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same engine that power the Volkswagen GTI which isn’t all that surprising.
The new GLI will come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic being optional. The cockpit gets leather seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, 10 options of ambient lighting, and red stitching. VW’s Virtual Cockpit is also included.
Drivers will be able to choose between four driving modes including a fully customizable option that can adjust each setting individually including climate controls.
Special 35th Anniversary 2019 Volkswagen GLI
The new GLI will arrive on the market in the spring with a limited edition 35th Anniversary model featuring exclusive wheels, various accents and badges, and an upgraded suspension. Yup, the 35th Anniversary GLI won’t just have a different look, it will include a DCC adaptive dampening suspension with manual adjustments. Yes, please.