Last year, VW completely redesigned the popular Jetta. This year, it has turned it into a sports sedan with the new 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. It’s the hot one — the one with the extra horsepower and the sport-tuned suspension. It’s the Jetta for folks who want real performance along with four doors, room for five, and considerable gas mileage.
Now in its seventh generation, the Jetta is the German brand’s smallest and least expensive sedan. It’s also one of VW’s most successful nameplates. It’s basically a sedan version of the VW Golf hatchback, and the Jetta GLI shares much of its hardware with the legendary Golf GTI, including its powerful turbocharged engine. Both are built on the company’s versatile new MQB platform, which also underpins its new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs. The GLI competes with other compact performance sedans like the Honda Civic Si, Kia Forte GT, Subaru WRX, and Hyundai Elantra Sport.