2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets a sporty refresh

The Jetta GLI is the sedan equivalent of the hatchback GTI

Published: June 10, 2015, 3:15 PM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 11:59 AM

2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

If you hanker for the performance of a Volkswagen GTI but prefer a sedan style to that of a hatchback, VW has the car for you. It's the 2016 Jetta GLI, which is exactly that – the sedan equivalent of the GTI.

Equipped with a specially tuned sport suspension and the same 210-horsepower, 2.0-littre, turbocharged, direct-injection EA888 four-cylinder engine as the GTI, the GLI offers a compelling blend of value, performance and practicality.

For 2016 it GLI gets an aggressive new front fascia incorporating a honeycomb grille and foglights, along with a new rear bumper design that features a diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts.

It's also fitted with 18-inch Mallory design aluminum-alloy wheels, shod with standard all-season tires or optional summer performance tires.

Inside, there's a new MIB 2 infotainment system with a full suite of USB and Car-Net connectivity. The SE model also gets LED tail-lights, Keyless access with push-button start, automatic dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, 6-way power driver seat, a rearview camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, a Fender Premium Audio System, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights, and heated seats. Whew!

The GLI SEL adds even more upscale features, including Blind Spot Detection with rear traffic alert, a navigation system, Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System and Homelink.

The AFS swivels the main headlight beams by up to 15% as the steering wheel is turned to help illuminate bends in the road more effectively at speeds of more than 6 mph.

A new standard feature on the GLI is Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. It's based on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions.

The Automatic Post-Collision Braking system applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected, to snub the car in place.