2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Ratings
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Consumer Rating

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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

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Driving Experience

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Best Compact Car of 2021

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Compact Car
#6 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI after 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's ability to carry everything is rated high
  • Getting in/out of the front seats is rated as easier than most
  • High ratings for power of the vehicle's engine

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • The experience of using the vehicle's driver assistance systems is rated lower than average
  • The experience of making and receiving phone calls in the vehicle is rated lower than average
  • Other vehicles makes owners feel better when they start them up

Performance Specs

MPG City



33 - 35




6 speed, Manual w/OD, 7 speed, Auto-Shift Manual w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

When the Volkswagen Jetta GLI came to America over thirty-five years ago it made the other compact sport sedans nervous. Now they’re downright jealous. Choose from two trims: The S and the top-of-the-line Autobahn. Every Jetta GLI comes with 228 turbocharged horsepower and lots of performance-enhancing features. Like 13.4-inch front brake discs. And a six-speed manual transmission. Available DCC Adaptive Chassis Control adds even more fun. Volkswagen App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to bring your smartphone apps to a touchscreen display. And with the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit you can get your driver information from the future. Other available high-tech features include Adaptive Cruise Control3 that works in stop-and-go traffic Blind Spot Monitor Rear Traffic Alert and more. Choose from a variety of colors options and accessories and build a Jetta GLI that’s all yours. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI. It’s not just a statement. It’s an exclamation point.
Your Volkswagen Jetta GLI keeps you connected. AVolkswagen App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to bring your smartphone apps to the MIB touchscreen display. Available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit uses a customizable 10-inch digital display to show 21 viewing options including gauges navigation the song you’re listening to and more. Car-Net Remote Access turns your smartphone into a remote control for your Jetta GLI. Now you can roll up your windows lock your doors find your car and more—all from your smartphone. The Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The smart compact performance sedan.
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI I earned a Five-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . It starts with six airbags front and rear crumple zones and a rigid safety cage. Next add available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking so you can avoid collisions in the first place. Then there’s the available Blind Spot Monitor that helps you change lanes more safely. And the first time the available Rear Traffic Alert saves you from getting hit you’ll never want to back out of a driveway or parking spot without it again . The Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Peace of mind comes standard.
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI looks as powerful as it feels. And this much fun tends to get noticed. It starts with the powerful turbocharged two-liter engine—just step on the gas and get to know what 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque feel like. A host of standard features make sure you get the most out of all that muscle like progressive variable-ratio steering and the XDS-Plus? Cross Differential System. The Autobahn-tuned suspension improves control and grip in corners. The Jetta GLI. Yet another icon from Volkswagen.

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