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.
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.
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.
To make life on the road somewhat straightforward, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI provides stylish, German engineered elite appointments. Features include standard 6.5" touch screen premium VIII radio with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, standard one-touch up/down power on each of the four windows, standard multifunction display (for car status, trek, radio and navigation data when used), available RNS-315 navigation system, available dual zone climate control, and available keyless entry with pushbutton start.
Jetta GLI Autobahn and Autobahn with navigation models come with a standard Fender Premium Audio System, putting the concert stage in the car for the definitive music experience. Designed only for Volkswagen, the Fender Premium Audio System is inserted in the car design and showcases proprietary Panasonic speaker innovation. The system covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers that produce imaging beyond the abilities of conventional speaker designs. It slices through the noise and different distractions with front dual voice coil speakers, with expanded range to fit all musical genres.
The sound system features lower inter-modulation distortion and sleek mid-range response to remove harshness. It is harmonically intricate, with broadened range tweeters and properly voiced 16cm speakers unveiling original instrumentation timbre and harmonic brilliance, carrying the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.