The 2018 Vw Jetta Gli offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 vw jetta gli review, offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.
The Jetta offers an agile suspension and a range of powertrains at a reasonable price, plus room for three adults in back. A modern interior offers a 5.0- or 6.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. The base engine is a 150-hp turbo 1.4-liter inline-four; a 170-hp turbo 1.8-liter four is optional. Five-or six-speed manuals and a six-speed automatic are available. The sport-tuned GLI has a 210-hp turbo 2.0-liter four and racier looks. An all-new Jetta should debut in fall 2017 and hit dealers in 2018.
If the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T sedan were a drink, it’d be whiskey on the rocks. It is a straight-up, no-nonsense compact sedan that exceeds the few promises it makes. We said as much about an automatic-transmission model we tested last year, and it holds true even more so with the more satisfying stick-shift version. Other compact four-doors may be sexier (Mazda 3), newer (Chevrolet Cruze), or inexplicably ubiquitous (Toyota Corolla), but the Jetta is solid goods.
The current Jetta looks just as much like a child’s drawing of a three-box sedan as it did back in 2010 when it was introduced. There’s a long rectangle propped on top of four wheels with a smaller rectangle on top of it, adorned with rectilinear headlights and taillights, door handles, and not much else. Whereas the nicer Jetta SEL and GLI stuff that casing with squishier, higher-quality interior finishes, the 1.4T S and SE (the latter being the model we drove for this review) make do with dashboards and door panels molded from hard plastics with a slight sheen. The only softly padded interior surfaces aside from the comfortable seats are each door’s armrest.
2018 Vw Jetta Gli Likes
- Fun to drive, good ride
- USB and Bluetooth streaming, standard
- Good outward visibility
- Good looks
- Unmatched retro swagger
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2018 Vw Jetta Gli EXPERT RATING BREAKDOWN
7.7 on a scale of 1 to 10
Comfort & Quality 8.0
Fuel Economy 7.0