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Constantly overshadowed by its hatchback counterpart, the Volkswagen Jetta deserves more credit. Volkswagen aims to make the Jetta stand out more by offering their long-standing sedan with a top-level, performance-oriented trim package. While most might opt for the hatchback Golf GTI, you would be remiss not to consider the Jetta GLI as it is virtually a Golf with a trunk. For the GLI, not much has changed since its midcycle refresh in 2022. When thinking about purchasing the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, then you might want to know how much a fully loaded version will cost you.

What is a fully loaded 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI priced at?

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Front
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Volkswagen

The entry-level 2023 Volkswagen Jetta starts out at $21,750. All of the more basic trim levels carry the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 158 horsepower. However, for the Jetta GLI, there is a significant jump in price, but a substantial jump in performance counters that. Starting at $32,680, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI comes in one specific trim package. Previously dubbed the “Autobahn” package, this is now the standard for all new Jetta GLIs.

With all the available options, it is nice to know that you aren’t missing out on getting a lower trim package like before. Standard features such as adaptive dampers, a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, and a powerful audio system make the new GLI a great place to be. Shoppers still have the choice between a manual or an automatic transmission, with the automatic costing slightly more. 

What engine comes in the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI?

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Engine
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Volkswagen

The 2023 Jetta GLI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the standard six-speed manual transmission, Car&Driver tested the 0-60 at a brisk 6.1 seconds. The 0-60 is nearly a full second faster than the Jetta GLIs biggest rival, the Honda Civic Si. Some have noted that the automatic is hesitant to downshift during hard cornering but provides crisp shifting everywhere else.

Much like its hatchback counterpart, the 2023 Jetta GLI provides a compliant ride with its standard adaptive dampers. Braking is strong thanks to the same front brakes used on last year’s Volkswagen Golf R. Steering input is translated well through the leather-wrapped wheel. However, the GLI could benefit from stickier summer tires for more cornering grip.

Is it worth it to buy a fully loaded Jetta GLI?

Absolutely, especially if you don’t fancy a hatchback but still want a sporty, fun version of a Volkswagen. Since there aren’t any options to cut from the GLI, the price is the price, but it is worth every bit due to the performance you gain from the package. If you are still split on buying one, the 2023 Jetta SEL is roughly $3000 less than the GLI. Stepping down to an SEL does mean you lose a lot of the aggressive design and snappy performance that the GLI brings to the table. Overall, springing the extra money for what the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI provides is worth it.


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