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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI consumer reviews

$25,995–$26,795 MSRP range
side view of 2019 Jetta GLI Volkswagen
95% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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I do not like this car must have hit my head on a rock that day. Its small not many features although if you more up to the autobahn level and get the ugly rims you may get more. cold weather bothers it every warning light comes on below 30 f yeah no kidding. E brake kicks in and everything fun ride NOT. Oh yeah forgot about it not being able to find the correct gear either its in sleepy mode or steroid mode


You will fall in love with driving again

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.


Most bang for the buck

Going from a Nissan Altima to a GLI is night and day. I bought a 2019 in March 2020 for 18k... 19.5 out the door. Some cost cutting inside , but I had a Sentra a rental a month ago and there is no comparison. The sport mode is great, my 4 year tells me to “turn the turbo on”. Manual transmission is smooth and if you have hesitations, its very forgiving. In economy I get 29 around the suburbs and 40mpg on the highway. And 90mph feels like 60. As long as it stays reliable, it’s a great car. Looks sharp. And the door shutting IS SOLID. The MQB platform is super solid. Consider there are so many leftovers in stock, it’s a no brainer. My dad has a 2019 Jetta and that’s a bargain too.


Modern amenities excellent over all

Where to begin what a car this is an absolute blast to drive great on gas High on performance, stylish, fun to drive, very comfortable, heated cooled seats, modern technology, any tuners dream


Great upgrade

This is my 5th Jetta. Last one was a SEL. The GLI is a step up. Very smooth ride with a nice pick up. This is not your ordinary VW. You have to read the manual several times over too really enjoy the luxury of this model.


Great Car, Built like a tank!!

Love it! Would recommend this car to anyone! Owned a Jetta previously, came back for a second! Bought a GLI this time. Sport mode is awesome!


Extremely fun to drive

One of the few sedan models that offers a manual trans. Great driving machine. The car is still new but gas mileage is good. So far, the overall experience has been good!


Fun car

Big upgrade from a regular Jetta. best bang for the buck when it comes to performance/styling/comfort. Seats are comfortable, engine is solid, dsg transmission very quick shifting, only downside is the exhaust should be a bit louder.


Most reliable car I’ve owned.

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.


Win place or show ... WIN !!!!

Fun to drive ... an eye catcher ... performance to the max NASCAR should adopt this machine braking A+ cornering A+ torque A+ warranty A+ value A+ pricing A+