Back in 1984, Volkswagen introduced the first Jetta GLI to the United States market and set the blueprint for all subsequent versions of this beloved sport sedan. For those who don’t know, the first Jetta GLI was in fact a Golf GTI running gear wrapped in a Jetta sheetmetal. It was powered by a 1.8-liter engine rated at 90 hp, bolted to a close-ratio five-speed transmission, sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, and vented front disc brakes.
The exterior design showed a tail spoiler, and bodyside moldings, while inside Volkswagen installed a leather-wrapped four-spoke steering wheel and shift knob, three additional gauges in the center console, sport seats, and distinctive upholstery and interior trim.
The 2014 Jetta GLI follows the same recipe and it is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine bolted to a 2.0-liter TSI engine, a close-ratio six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Moreover, the Jetta GLI comes with a sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, more aggressive body styling, and an interior that features sport seats and pedals.
The Jetta GLI Edition 30 will be offered in two trim levels: the Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation. Comparing it with the 2014 Jetta GLI, the Edition 30 is distinguished by 18-inch “Laguna” aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler, and Edition 30 badging. The Edition 30 with Navigation also has red trim inside the Bi-Xenon headlights.
Inside, the Jetta GLI Edition 30 features contrasting color V-Tex leatherette seats with red accents, red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, and armrests, carbon-look trim inlays; Edition 30 kickplates; and floormats with red stitching. For those interested, the special edition Jetta will be available in four colors: Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Reflex Silver Metallic.
Furthermore, the Edition 30 comes with standard features such as front foglights; LED taillights; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle, and shift knob; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Edition 30 with Navigation ads keyless front foglights, LED taillights, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle, and shift knob, Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth connectivity.