Like most other automakers, Volkswagen has pushed its production to electrified rides. But unlike some other prominent names in the industry, the famous German brand doesn’t seem to want to end traditional car production. Volkswagen has not given up on the sporty compact cars. The Golf GTI stands as a testimonial, as does the Jetta.
In reality, the Jetta has been around for quite some time, and it doesn’t plan to leave the scene any time soon, as far as we know. In addition, there is a performance variant of this sedan that has just been updated for 2022. The Jetta GLI follows the simplicity and practicality of other compact sports cars from Volkswagen. It also boosts the performance of the standard Jetta and adds more fun to the sedan segment.
Since we’ve already introduced the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI in some of our previous articles, it’s time to dive deeper into this ride. This review tells you more about the best features of the Jetta GLI and explains why we think this compact sedan is an excellent choice for 2022.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is super fun to drive
The VW Jetta has managed to be the best-selling model for three years during production, and the GLI wants to continue this trend. How? Well, by offering even better specs and performance.
Volkswagen is marketing the 2022 Jetta GLI as a “blast to drive” car that “looks razor sharp”, and we actually agree with that description. You can drive this sedan on the highway or off-road with admirable results for its class.
The GLI is equipped with a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine, or the TSI, as the brand calls it. It produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Compared to the 158 horsepower that Jetta offers, the GLI is quite an improvement.
Sure, the 2022 VW Jetta GLI still lags the Golf GTI in power, but with the upgrade and impressive sedan features, the GLI makes a case for itself. This is especially true when you consider that the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI offers impressive handling on the road. With responsive steering, solid suspension, premium brakes and other similar capabilities, the GLI sedan is safe and fun to drive.
Practicality is another great feature of this compact sedan
In addition to the punchy performance, the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI offers the functionality everyone is looking for in a sedan, while still remaining compact. So you can expect fun on the road as well as enjoy the practicality of your ride, from city driving to packing for trips.
For example, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI from 2022 has comfortable seats for both sharp and long journeys. In addition, the cabin is very spacious for a compact car, with excellent head, shoulder and legroom. Although the second row of seats is slightly less spacious, it is still super cozy for the passengers.
What’s even more practical is the 14.1 cubic meters of cargo space in the trunk. This is enough space for all passengers to pack their bags, groceries and the like. But if you need more space, the rear seats fold down for your convenience.
Another astonishing aspect of the 2022 VW Jetta GLI is the clever use of the cabin. There are plenty of pockets all around for storing all kinds of things. As for the features, the GLI also checks this box, as we’ll see in the next segment.
The Volkswagen Jetta GLI from 2022 is a handsome car with excellent features
Some might call the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI a little too bland on the outside, but we think it’s a matter of personal preference. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But on the outside, the GLI doesn’t lack modern appeal. It’s sleek, somewhat aggressive and massive (like most other VW models). There are even those beautifully accentuated areas on the gray and blue models that we just can’t overlook. That’s why we put the GLI on the “handsome” pile.
The interior may be a little less exciting, but it has everything you need for enjoyable rides, so we’re giving the GLI a plus. First, the red line enveloping the materials breaks the dull moments and plastic materials that may not be very pleasant. Second, the technology is top notch.
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has a 10.3-inch digital display in front of the driver and an 8-inch in the center of the dashboard. There’s also mood lighting in the interior, remote start, panoramic sunroof, two-zone automatic climate control and much more. The seats are also electrically adjustable and the front seats are heated and ventilated.
A Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an enhanced 8-speaker audio system and wireless charging are also featured, as well as standard driver assistance technology. Overall, the 2022 VW Jetta GLI is a practical, comfortable and highly functional sedan with a starting price of $31,295. For the money you really get an admirable sedan.
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