2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

When it comes to shopping for a performance model, is there anything more confusing than a sporty exterior, but the same old engine under the hood? It’s becoming a bit of a trend for automakers to create attractive designs that are meant to be flaunted, but won’t necessarily appeal to the enthusiast crowd when it comes to driving dynamics. If you’re comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, you might think the first trim is the athletic one, but you would be wrong. Though both vehicles have their merits, knowing the differences between them will help you decide which model actually suits your needs and lifestyle. One thing you will notice is that the Jetta Sport is offered in just one trim, while the GLI is available in two. Keep in mind, however, that the GLI SEL, the higher trim, is sold on an order-only basis, though it does have plenty of features that make it worthy of consideration.

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2016 Jetta Sport vs 2016 Jetta GLI
$20,895 MSRP $26,920
25/37 MPG 23/33
1.8-liter turbo four; 170hp, 184 lb-ft Performance 2.0-liter turbo four; 210hp, 207 lb-ft
5-speed manual/6-speed automatic Transmission Options 6-speed manual/ 6-speed DSG automatic

What are the differences between the 2016 VW Jetta Sport and GLI?

By now the differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport and Jetta GLI may be obvious, as the engine specs alone will let you know the GLI is the true performance model. The GLI is to the Jetta what the GTI is to the Golf, delivering the same 210 horsepower output, though the Golf GTI offers more torque. In contrast, the Jetta Sport shares the same powertrain as higher trims of the standard Jetta, but adds on sportier styling and offers a sort of mid-trim variety of features to make it an overall attractive package.

To sum it up, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the model you’re looking for if you are wondering which model really is the sporty, athletic ride. The acronym GLI stands for grand luxury injection, and the model aims to provide the best of performance and features. You’ll see it not only has the more potent engine, but the transmission options offer smoother gear shifts. Standard features include a sunroof, park distance control, a rearview camera, VW App-Connect, Fender Premium Audio and more.

That said, it’s obvious the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport is the smart option for those looking for an attractive vehicle with plenty of standard features, but not one that necessarily has to be put through its paces regularly. The engine is by no means underpowered for daily driving, and you get additional perks like a rear spoiler, foglights and 17” Joda Black alloy wheels for style. The interior also has two-tone V-Tex leatherette upholstery and standard features include App-Connect, a rearview camera and touchscreen navigation.

Still not decided between the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to take each model for a test drive and compare them for yourself.

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Interior
2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Interior
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Sport Upholstery
2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Upholstery

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