2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2019 Volkswagen Jetta 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI


1.4L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


147 228

  MPG (City/Highway)

30/40 * 25/32 *

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Serving Farmington Hills, MI

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a coveted compact car that boasts several decades of history, pleasing drivers, and this year’s model brings bold and desirable improvements with the introduction of its seventh generation. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a new addition to the VW lineup, and it is touted as a high-performance sedan. Unlike other Jetta trims, the GLI is a standalone model that is offered in three of its trims. Before taking home your new car from Suburban Volkswagen of Farmington Hills, you need to know how the Jetta and Jetta GLI differ.


One of the most significant differences between these two cars is in the area of performance. All five trims for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta are outfitted with a 1.4-liter turbo, 4-cylinder engine that provides you with up to 147 horsepower. Some trims come with a cross-differential system, and all trims feature multiple drive modes, 17-inch wheels, and an excellent suspension system in the front and rear. In comparison, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine across its three trims, and this generates up to 228 horsepower. It comes with a VAQ mechanical differential, adaptive chassis control, performance brakes, 18-inch wheels, and a cross-differential system. While the Jetta GLI is more powerful, the base MSRP of the 2019 Jetta is approximately $7,000 lower than the base MSRP of the 2019 Jetta GLI.


The new Jetta and Jetta GLI have similar profiles and design elements, but the Jetta GLI stands apart with high-performance accents that express its power. The overall contours for both models are relatively horizontal, and the roof and hood have sporty slopes. The front grille has a bar design that stretches across most of the front end, and that is integrated into the LED headlights. The 2019 Jetta GLI has a stunning red bar and different mesh embedded in the grille, and its fascia has more athletic elements. Also, the headlights are slightly reshaped, and the contouring along the sides and on the hood is more chiseled.


Both of these 2019 models are well-appointed with superior features across all of their trims, and our associates at Suburban Volkswagen of Farmington Hills are ready to assist with a trim comparison. Some of the features that may be included or optional in these models are a digital cockpit, a navigation system, a color display screen, a standard or Beats audio system, power windows, a sunroof, automatic temperature control, power doors, a push-button ignition, powered and heated seats in the front row, mounted functions for cruise control on the steering wheel, remote entry and other equipment.

Are you ready to compare the 2019 Jetta and the new Jetta GLI in person? A test drive is a perfect way to experience their differences, and this gives you the information needed to make a smart selection. Reach out to Suburban Volkswagen of Farmington Hills soon to connect with a sales associate and to get on the road for a Volkswagen test drive.

* 30 city/40 highway mpg (2019 Jetta 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.