The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the coolest compact sedan out there.

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the coolest compact sedan out there.

05 August 2022 BY Jean-Sébastien Poudrier
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

If you want a fantastic, compact, practical performance vehicle, your options are minimal unless you can afford a luxury model. If it’s not the case, then anybody will tell you took a look at the Golf GTI or one of its competitors. However, there is another option, and it’s probably the most underestimated of them all. 


The Volkswagen Jetta has always been considered one of the best compact sedans in the world with good reason. It is affordable, practical, and very reliable as well. Nevertheless, there are only a few people who know there is a sportier version of our beloved small sedan. This version is called GLI, and although it’s a lot less expensive than most of its competition, the Jetta GLI has nothing to be shy about. It benefits from all the quality of the regular Jetta with the performance of a Golf GTI basically.


German Engineering 


The Volkswagen Jetta GLI is powered by 2.0 liters of turbocharged four cylinders that produce 228 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and makes one of the best combinations in this category. However, if you are not a huge fan of a manual transmission, the Jetta GLI is also offering a seven speeds DSG automatic transmission. And to be quite honest with you, this gearbox is very responsive and impressive. Even if I am a manual transmission enthusiast, it would be hard for me to choose between the two.


On the outside, there are a few elements selling out the sportier vibe of the Jetta GLI, starting with a bunch of red elements such as the brake caliper and some trims. The Jetta GLI is also offering different wheels from the regular version of the German sedan. On the inside, you have some red elements as well as ambient lighting, which brings the Jetta cabin to another level of luxury and style. The sports sedan offers a lot of high-tech gadgets, and its basic equipment is impressive.


Is affordable?


In today’s world, anything is expensive, especially when it’s more fun to drive than your average car. However, I think the 2022 Jetta GLI still is reasonable, with a starting price of 31 895 $ before transport and preparation fees. Once you add everything up, it gets to 34 159 $. There are a few options you can add on, but it won’t get the price to a point where you are asking yourself if it would be better to go for a prestigious model.


I think that for its prices and all the options it is offering, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI is by far one of the best sports sedans money can buy today, and this is why you should consider it if you are on the market for a new sports car.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

Tags: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Author: Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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