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2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a bargain sport sedan

The new GLI features a peppy turbocharged engine and excellent handling, starting at less than $26,000.

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Emme Hall

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a sporty sedan that borrows many of its performance parts from the venerable GTI hatchback.

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To prevent understeer and help keep traction levels high, the GLI gets Volkswagen's trick VAQ torque-vectoring front differential, along with the company's XDS electronic diff lock.

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A 35th Anniversary Edition trim wears red-trimmed 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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Power goes to the front wheel through a standard six-speed manual transmission.

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Drivers can opt for a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic for an extra $800.

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Regardless of transmission, Volkswagen says the Jetta GLI is estimated to return 25 miles per gallon in the city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI starts at $25,995, not including $895 for destination, while a loaded Autobahn model with the dual-clutch automatic tops out around $30,000.

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