2019 Volkswagen Jetta Vs. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Red 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI cruises down a city highway with a skyline behind. A blue 2019 Volkswagen Jetta drives along a highway; we see it from an exterior rear angled view. Both vehicles are separated by a diagonal line and "VS" logo.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has hit dealership lots recently, and you might wonder what it brings to the table over the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta (aside from a $7,000 price bump). Well, we’re here to help elucidate that for you.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a well-rounded compact car boasting particularly great fuel-economy, intuitive infotainment, and generous trunk space. It’s thoroughly economical and a pleasure to experience.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI takes the basic 2019 Jetta framework and injects a strong dose of adrenaline. Sharing its underpinning with the excellent Volkswagen Golf GTI, the 2019 Jetta GLI is truly a sedan iteration of that hot hatchback. As a sport sedan, it emphasizes performance with its delectable enhancements to power and handling. Additionally, the 2019 Jetta GLI implements a plethora of sporty design touches and technology.

So now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s contrast some key elements of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta


2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

$18,745 Starting MSRP $25,995
Five Trim Levels Two
1.4-liter I-4 (regular gas) Engine 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
147 hp / 184 pound feet of torque Horsepower/Torque 228 hp / 258 pound feet of torque
30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway Fuel Economy 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway
14.1 cubic feet Cargo Room 14.1 cubic feet

Key Changes in Design and Performance

Design Differences

The always-modern Jetta was redesigned again for 2019, ensuring this vehicle stays at the forefront of automotive innovation. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta remains a highly tasteful, premium compact. Both its look and performance are sleek and sporty. A variety of amenities, including LED taillights, available LED headlights, and an available panoramic sunroof, improve both style and experience.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI adds more sporty touches to the framework such as 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, red brake calipers, a black honeycomb grille, and dual chrome exhaust tips, in addition to other features like diffusers, spoilers, badging, and accents.

Inside, style is similarly enhanced with features like 10-color ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, and stainless steel pedal caps.

Performance Differences

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta boasts great value, both in its low starting price and phenomenal fuel-economy. It is also more customizable than the 2019 GLI, thanks to its wide variety of trims. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, on the other hand, somewhat lowers the fuel economy but significantly increases the driving fun.

Both have great handling and can take on windy roads with confidence. The choice between these two vehicles basically comes down to your personal priorities and tastes. If you’d like to compare them for yourself, contact us today to schedule a test drive right here at Team Gunther Volkswagen near Mobile!