2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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$26,245

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2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Excellent multimedia system on higher trim levels
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Roomy interior, trunk
  • Comfortable, quiet ride

The bad:

  • Interior quality falls off in rear seat
  • Steering needs more feel
  • Handling not as tight as old model
  • Interior design not as upscale as some rivals
  • Just OK multimedia on lower trims

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Performance-oriented GLI version available

2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta?

The Volkswagen Jetta is a front-wheel drive compact sedan that seats five, and it was completely redesigned for 2019. All Jetta trim levels are powered by a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Subaru Impreza.

The performance-oriented Jetta GLI comes with a 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. GLI competitors include the Honda Civic Si and Subaru WRX.  

What’s New on the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta?

All Jettas get an updated version of Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system and a Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required). Wireless device charging is available, and R-Line models now have a standard six-speed manual transmission.  

What Features in the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta Are Most Important?

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is included on all trim levels but the base S model, where it’s optional. Other available driver-assist features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and automatic high-beam headlights. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity is standard. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta?

Last year’s redesign brought a Jetta that was improved in many ways, but arguably at a loss of some of the steering feel and sporty driving manners of the previous version. Driving enthusiasts can take solace in the fact that a manual transmission is still available as well as the sporty GLI version.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Safety features better than any other we found.

It is sleek, has the best safety features in it's class that we found, has front and back heated seats in it's cold weather package. Looks great is comfortable and has a very roomy large trunk.

4.1

Jetta GLI Autobahn 2020 impressive

I absolutely love my new 2020 Jetta GLI Autobahn. So many features and extremely fun to drive. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

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$43,000

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Honda Civic Si

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