X

2022 VW Jetta GLI is an oldie but a goodie

A few mild tweaks leave the GLI largely the same as before, to the detriment of precisely nobody.

andrewkrok.jpg
andrewkrok.jpg

Andrew Krok

See full bio
2022 VW Jetta GLI
1 of 37 Volkswagen

On paper, the 2022 VW Jetta GLI sounds like kind of a raw deal.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
2 of 37 Volkswagen

It's a sport sedan based on the outgoing GTI that commands an MSRP pretty darn close to the brand spankin' new GTI.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
3 of 37 Volkswagen

It might not sound like the right kind of bargain, but after some time behind the wheel alongside the new GTI and Golf R, I think there's still plenty of room for this sprightly sedan in VW's lineup.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
4 of 37 Volkswagen

While the Golf GTI and Golf R have moved onto a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2022 GLI soldiers on with the outgoing GTI's EA288, which produces 228 hp and 258 lb-ft, mated to the buyer's choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
5 of 37 Volkswagen

The current GLI and outgoing GTI felt pretty darn similar, in part because they used the same inline-4, but there's now a slightly larger gulf between the two following the eighth-gen GTI's introduction.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
6 of 37 Volkswagen

After tackling a few mountain passes in both cars, I find the modern GTI feeling a little more toned-down and adult, like it's following in the Golf R's business-suit footsteps.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
7 of 37 Volkswagen

The GLI, by comparison, feels a little more rough and tumble, like it's able to let loose and have a little more fun, thanks in part to more motion in the body.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
8 of 37 Volkswagen

The GLI's standard adaptive dampers are only available on the highest GTI trim, which takes away everybody's favorite plaid seats and requires thousands more on the price tag.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
9 of 37 Volkswagen

It's a great setup that adds the right amount of firmness, allowing me to enjoy a stiff ride on curvy roads in Sport mode before throwing it back to Comfort mode for a cushier highway drive home.

2022 VW Jetta GLI
10 of 37 Volkswagen

Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2022 VW Jetta GLI.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

84 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google

More Galleries

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The Absolute Best Games on Nintendo Switch

36 Photos
Trackside With the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06

More Galleries

Trackside With the 2023 Chevy Corvette Z06

47 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games

More Galleries

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

More Galleries

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos