The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has been revealed for the US market sporting minimal changes on both the outside and in – completely understandable when one considers that the MY2015 Jetta GLI received quite the update itself. On the outside, the sedan cousin to the Golf GTI hatch sports a refreshed front fascia.

A subtly revised front end, consisting of a honeycomb grille featuring the trademark red horizontal stripe, and redesigned fog light assemblies are to most obvious changes. In profile, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI receives 18-inch ‘Mallory’ wheels while changes on the rear end include the adoption of a new rear bumper with a diffuser-like element. A pair of chrome-tipped exhaust outlets complete the list of exterior updates.

Under the bonnet, the updated Jetta GLI soldiers on with the same 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder mill from its Golf GTI sibling. Said mill puts out a total of 210 hp and 280 Nm of torque – transmission options include a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

On the inside, the 2016 Jetta GLI receives Volkswagen’s MIB II infotainment system as standard. Said system incorporates the full suite of USB and Car-Net connectivity – the latter is an app-based platform that allows owners to retrieve data on the vehicle when driven by someone else, summon roadside assistance and, if need be, issue an automatic crash notification.


Also new for 2016 is the standard inclusion of Automatic Post-Collision Braking system. Said safety system activates the brakes following an initial collision to help shed leftover momentum which could result in a secondary impact. Two trim lines are available, the Jetta GLI SE and SEL.

The base SE variant is equipped as standard with LED taillights, keyless entry with start-stop, Climatronic automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, a sunroof, six-way powered driver seat, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto wipers and headlamps, heated seats and a Fender Premium Audio System.

The costlier SEL variant adds on navigation, Blind Spot Detection with rear traffic alert and Bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2015 with prices touted to remain more or less the same.

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