The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a well-positioned contender in the compact sedan segment even though it can hold its own within the midsized category. The Jetta’s German roots shine bright in the top-tier GLI trim with a more powerful powertrain and the availability of a 6-speed manual transmission to appease many enthusiasts.

The joy of the Jetta GLI is one that combines a sporty appeal wrapped up on a mainstream sedan that brings practicality to the forefront all at a relatively affordable price. Powering the latest Jetta GLI Autobahn is a nicely tuned version of the brand’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine outputting 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That power can be sent through a standard 6-speed manual transmission as found in my test vehicle or an optional 7-speed automated manual dual-clutch DSG (Direct-Shift Gearbox) to power the front wheels.

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Having a 6-speed manual transmission still available makes the Jetta GLI an attractive offering for enthusiasts who are passionate about rowing their own gears. With that, the 6-speed manual box in the Jetta GLI Autobahn is a decent gearbox that’s easy to conduct smooth shifts but doesn’t promote the ease of shifting fast due to the longer throws. The clutch engagement is easy to master with a good mid-way bite point and adds a lively attitude to the overall sporty driving appeal of the Jetta GLI. You even get a giggle or two over the Jetta GLI breaking the front wheels loose as you throttle through first gear where the torque-vectoring differential helps keep the front end pointed in the right direction until the tires start to lose grip and you get a lot of understeer. In all, the Jetta GLI can be fun and feels like it has much more power than stated on paper.

See Also: 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn Review & Test Drive

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 13:45:01 +0000

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