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2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Unveiled

Performance version of compact sedan gets new appearance and safety features.

Jake Holmes
Jun 10, 2015

The Volkswagen Jetta GLI looks a little different for the 2016 model year. The performance version of Volkswagen's compact sedan receives a new front fascia and some extra safety technology. The update to this model comes after the standard Volkswagen Jetta was refreshed for 2015.

Out front, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI wears a new fascia with a restyled lower grille, with new foglight surrounds that more closely mirror the look of the new Golf GTI, and out back there's a new rear bumper with chrome-tipped exhausts. The GLI comes standard with 18-inch wheels that can be wrapped in either all-season or performance tires.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI also receives the company's new "MIB 2" infotainment system that includes USB connectivity instead of Volkswagen's proprietary iPod plugs; the system will spread to all Volkswagen models for the 2016 model year. The GLI SE includes features like push-button start, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, a sunroof, parking sensors, and a backup camera. Moving up to the GLI SEL adds blind-spot warning, navigation, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights. All 2016 GLI models also receive Volkswagen's Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, which applies the brakes after a crash to help prevent the car from hitting anything else.

2016 volkswagen jetta gli rear three quarters Photo 2/2   |   2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Under the hood, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI continues to use a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine making 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both six-speed manual and DSG dual-clutch automatic transmissions are available.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI goes on sale this September. Pricing hasn't been announced, but expect slight increases over the current model, which starts at $27,740 for a manual-transmission SE and runs to $31,200 for the SEL with DSG.

Source: Volkswagen

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