A white 2020 Volkswagen Jetta compared to a gray 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

What’s the Difference Between the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI?

Differences Between the 2020 Jetta and Jetta GLI

Having two models with similar names may be slightly confusing. With Volkswagen, this occurs a few times between models, such as the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI. But what’s the difference between these models? Despite their closeness, they have a few unique traits about them to fit the ideal driver. Find out what’s different between each Jetta model with an overview below – courtesy of us as Neftin Volkswagen!

A front view of a gray 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI driving down an open city freeway.

Engine Differences Between the 2020 VW Jetta and Jetta GLI

Like the name states, the main difference between the two models comes in its engine and performance. When created, the “GLI” portion of the Jetta GLI name stands for “Grand Luxury Injection.” While the 2020 VW Jetta offers strong fuel economy – up to 40 Highway and 34 Combined MPG – the 2020 VW Jetta GLI offers high-performance in other facets. Equipped with a standard 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine, the model received up to 228 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. Both models, however, receive both a manual and automatic transmission option for additional performance options.

Interior and Added Feature Differences

Beyond the engine and performance specs, you may have to look a little harder for additional differences between each 2020 model. This includes cargo space, as they both have a similar 14.1 cubic feet of cargo space and similar overall dimensions across the board. However, the 2020 VW Jetta does offer Adaptive Cruise Control, which is unavailable in the Jetta GLI. Meanwhile, the VW Jetta GLI does receive standard Heated Seats despite both models having Ventilated Seats available at higher trims.

Find Both 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI Models at Neftin Volkswagen

While both models have their differences, they continue to rank favorably with nearly all sedan enthusiasts. Depending on your desire – fuel economy and Adaptive Cruise Control or engine performance – both the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI are great options for anyone. Stop into Neftin Volkswagen, found in the Thousand Oaks area, to test drive one of these models yourself!

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