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First Look: 2016 Volkswagen GLI

Adding more performance to VW’s compact sedan.

by on Jun.10, 2015

The VW Jetta GLI is the 4-door equivalent of the German maker's sporty Golf GTI.

After putting the emphasis on its broad “family” of small hatchbacks, Volkswagen is turning its attention back to its compact sedan line with the launch of the 2016 Jetta GLI.

The four-door equivalent of the Golf GTI, the sedan is based on the sixth-generation Jetta first launched in 2011. According to VW, the goal was to come up with “a compelling blend of value, performance and practicality.”

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On the powertrain side, the 2016 Volkswagen GLI will carry over the current turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 210-horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The GLI is one of only two Jetta variants to offer buyers the option of a six-speed manual, as well as a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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First Look: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Turbocharged brand-building.

by on Feb.09, 2011

VW lifts the covers on the sportiest new Jetta, the GLI.

It’s brand-building time at Volkswagen, and the once-dominant German import is convinced that a wave of new products will help it recover its lost glory.

With the launch of its new American assembly plant, and sale of the U.S. version of the bigger Passat just months away, VW turned to the sportier segment of its line-up at the Chicago Auto Show, unveiling the top-line version of its latest Jetta family, the 2012 GLI.

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At a price of $23,495, the new model, as with the rest of the Jetta line, is, “the only truly accessible German-engineered car in its class,” suggested Jonathon Browning, the British industry veteran who took over VW’s U.S. operations last year.

With the GLI designation, Jetta gets a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, which compares to the 115 hp of the base I4 package, and the 170-hp 2.5-liter Jetta I5.

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