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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: The adult GTI

Searching for a quick little runabout with grown-up looks? The VW Jetta GLI sedan is the answer.

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Emme Hall

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This is the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. If you've ever wondered what happens to a hot hatch when it grows up, this is it.

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The GLI is distinguished from the plain-Jane Jetta with larger air intakes, a low front spoiler and unique side skirts. 

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The grille takes some styling cues from the GTI with its honeycomb pattern and red accent stripe.

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The GLI rolls on 18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/45-series Hankook Ventis S1 Evo3 tires. 

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The Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine pushing out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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To put the power down to the front wheels, buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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A limited-slip front differential works with the car's electronic differential lock, throwing torque to the wheel with the most grip.

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The GLI sits 0.6 inches lower to the ground than the standard Jetta for a more sporty look. 

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The GLI's fuel economy is on par with its competitors, returning an EPA rating of 24 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. 

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The base GLI starts at $27,340 including $995 for destination. The car pictured here goes for $32,335 including destination.

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