2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Revealed, Borrows GTI's New Turbo Engine

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Volkswagen USA today introduced the new Jetta GLI model for the 2016 model year, described as the sedan version of the Golf GTI. You might be tempted to hate the car because its design is dated, but under the bonnet is a pretty impressive 2-liter turbo engine rated at 210-horsepower.
It's the same EA888 four-cylinder turbo used by the Golf GTI. Independent tests have shown that it puts out more power than claimed, so the Jetta should be rapid. Output has only increased by 10 hp, but torque is more important when acceleration and the new engine is superior in that regard.

We don't have any performance numbers, but the 2016 Jetta GLI should get to 60 mph in 6 seconds, considering the old one took 6.2s.

The design is not a breathtaking things, like it is for the Ford Focus ST, but you do get a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a honeycomb grille and fog lights, together with a new rear bumper design that has a diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts to the left. While they don't win any prizes for originality, the 18-inch wheels hint at the performance that's available. Volkswagen installs four-season tires as standard, but you can opt to have summer performance ones instead.

Standard kit includes keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a reversing camera, parking sensors, a Fender audio system and VW’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. It squeezes the brakes after a crash to ensure additional impacts don't occur.

The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, but you can also order the DSG at extra cost. Unfortunately, we weren't told anything about the price. While we do expect a modest price increase, the 2015 Jetta GLI's $27,740 figure is a decent reference point.

If you think about it, the Jetta GLI is far better equipped than the Mercedes CLA while also being cheaper to buy. If you were to buy a similarly equipped GTI, it would cost you about $4,000 without having the same size trunk.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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