2019 Jetta GLI

Consumer Reviews

2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

$21,229 - $32,028  MSRP Range
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Review Score

4.9 out of 5 stars

4.9

22 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.8 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.9 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.8 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.9 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.9 out of 5 stars Performance
4.8 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

You will fall in love with driving again

by VWGLI805 from Ventura CA on Wed Aug 05 2020

The best way to describe the driving experience of my GLI S: 1. It combines the steering and road feel from a classic 4000cs Quattro or Corrado SLC with 21 century safety equipment and tasty DSG (if you haven't driven one of these go find a 99 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro and drive it) 2. A proven VW/Audi 2.0t mill with oodles of power you will even need for city and highway driving 3. Understated(I don't need to impress you to be amazing) teutonic stying that will age well 4. It can easily haul your family and groceries around 5. It has an impressive warranty (only KIA tops it). 6. Haldex mech diff is a technological marvel that makes you not miss buying a cop a4 or 3 series. 7. It has more personality than any bimmer product I have driven 8. Nothing comes close to it's driving dynamics and steering feel. NOTHING. Everything else (Accord GT, Camry TRD, K5, Sonata, etc) are not in the same league for this price point. All for under 30k The negatives (they are some worrisome niggles) 1. Plasticky interior. Noticeable cost cutting. Not an Audi interior. 2. There are some interior quality control issues like minor rattles and buzzing coming from the driver's side and rear view mirror 3. Reliability remains questionable as the car ages like most of the VW's I have owned in the past. Lease it. Buy only if you can haggle and get a low cap cost. 4. Resale value is not a strong suit. 5. It will not be close to being as reliable as it's competition. 6. VWoA customer service is not great.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Overall fantastic car

by Desert Jagman from Goodyear, Arizona on Sun Apr 14 2019

Traded in a 2017 GLI that I loved (with an APR tune) for the 35th Anniversary model. While I'm still under 600 miles (and, therefore, taking it easy) the new GLI is already making my choice a wise one. It does lack certain amenities (cooled glove box, sunroof, sunglasses holder, CD player, Navigation, etc.) but the overall improvement outweighs all of these. The ride is unbelievable for a relatively small (compact) vehicle and I've already received compliments from total strangers (pure gray paint). It is very interesting to notice what VW has done to make this a great car at an attractive price. They give you what you need in a sport sedan and nothing more or gimmicky. Yes, they have cut costs in a few areas, but nothing that really means a great deal to the overall satisfaction of the car. What you get is a spirited sedan that is simply fun to drive...….. a wonderful driver's car.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Jekyll or Hyde? The choice is yours!

by mediocrecanadian from Victoria, BC on Thu Apr 11 2019

2019 VW GLI 35 Edition (Canadian version) The all new 2019 GLI is sporty, stylish and a perfect daily driver. The technology is the best in its class, safety features are excellent w/ the drivers assistance package, and the interior has plenty of space for everyone! But what really makes this car? It's that you can go from comfort mode for hauling the kids to school, commuting to work, and once the weekend hits, turn the dial to 11 in sport mode! VW's DCC(adjustable dampers) really gives the GLI a Jekyll and Hyde attitude. This amazing VW EA888 engine is a beast. It's a 2.0L TSI with 228HP and 258ft-lbs of torque, and it pulls that quickly at only 1400 RPM, the front differential lock keeps the front end going where it needs to go and powers through corners like they're nothing and you can always rely on the big front brakes borrowed from the Golf R to bring you to a stop. Whether it's date night, taking kids to soccer practice, commuting to the daily grind or having fun on the weekend, this car has it all. I have put on 1500km and loved any moment. I would recommend this car to anyone and everyone!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Super nice car!

by BryanG from Grove City, OH on Mon Jul 15 2019

This car is amazing! All the bells and whistles! Ambient lighting, sun roof, nice touch screen, and stylish interior. The performance is also very nice definitely the best in class!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Understated and over performing

by SRO from Miami on Mon Sep 23 2019

Amazing performance for the price especially for German engineering. The styling and extras that come standard would be pricey upgrades with most other manufacturers. This much power for under thirty thousand is unheard of.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
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5 out of 5 stars

It's an upgrade far better than the last

by KennyC on Thu Nov 28 2019

I have owned 4 volkswagens. A 2000 jetta, 2016 jetta sport. A 2017 GTI tuned, manual all that. And now this 35th GLI. While sharing many of the parts with my GTI it is night and day. Far more comfortable. The DSG is supremely fast with the same amount of work itll be far more powerful and reliable than my GTI was. The features for a base model are also impressive. When you sit inside, it feels much more expensive.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Practical and super fun to drive

by Rgohlinghorst from Baltimore, MD on Wed Nov 20 2019

This is the most fun sedan on the market under $30k new. I test drove the Accord, Mazda 6 and the Toyota and this by far was the most fun and the best warranty and price. It has all the fun bits of the GTI but with more room and trunk. The front differential helps the car truely hug all the turns and make the car feel like its on rails. There is no electronic traction control messing up the feel like in the other sedans. Its no WRX all wheel drive but priced way better and with a sporty and fun driving experience. The gas mileage is great with hitting 40 mpgs on the highway and averaging 25 to 26 within the first 400 miles. VW finally got this GLI right with the proper GTI hardware. I would recomend the manual transmission over the auto. More control and better feel for the car like the GTI. This makes taking the kids to school and commuting to work the most fun and safe sedan you can buy. Life is too short to buy a boring sedan. Get the GLI. You will not be dissappointed!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Good, but could be better.

by Gg92 from Charlotte , NC on Mon May 27 2019

Overall I love the car. However the cost cutting does show through after a few months of ownership. I purchased an autobahn spec for the sunroof, digital cockpit , and the upgraded audio unit. (100% worth it) my only gripe is with the fact you can only have the active suspension on a 35th anniversary edition.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

VW for life!

by 9bridge9 from Silver Spring, MD on Wed Mar 20 2019

Great drive, extra amenities for a compact vehicle, great on gas. My second Jetta, but not my last. Also, love the new color Silver/White looks beautiful!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Most reliable car I’ve owned.

by Dillpic from Lewisville,tx on Wed Jan 22 2020

This car meet all my needs. It’s very spacious in the back seat with plenty of leg room. Also has plenty of get up and go. The blind spot monitoring system works great. The heated seats work amazing. They kick on right away. Overall a great car.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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