2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

We’ve talked about the Volkswagen Golf GTI on numerous occasions before. A sporty performance upgrade over the standard Golf hatch, the Volkswagen hot hatch has a few notable improvements for its 2019 model, including the coveted Rabbit Edition with many exclusive features.

With an absent GT trim for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat and the Volkswagen Arteon still not yet released, that leaves the Golf GTI and the Golf R as the only performance-focused VW models for a bit. However, that has changed with the debut of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show!

In the same manner as the Golf GTI upgrades over the Golf, the Jetta GLI upgrades over the Jetta. However, this Jetta GLI has plenty of improvements over its past generations. This is mostly due to the dramatic redesign that accompanied the standard 2019 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. Therefore, the 2019 VW Jetta GLI comes with an all-new look and the implemented MQB platform. So, let’s see how these VW performance vehicles compare. It’s the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI hatch vs the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI sedan!

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI


2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2L Turbocharged Inline 4 Baseline Engine 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
228 hp / 258 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 228 hp / 258 lb-ft
6-Speed Manual Manual Transmission Option 6-Speed Manual
7-Speed DSG® Dual-Clutch Automatic Automatic Transmission Option 7-Speed DSG® Dual-Clutch Automatic
$27,595 Starting MSRP TBD

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI West Chester, PA

With significant upgrades over its past generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI incredibly matches up against the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI. Pricing for the 2019 VW Jetta GLI has not yet been announced but it is expected to be around the same price as the 2019 VW Golf GTI and it will have 2 available trim levels.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will likely have a better fuel economy than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI as the standard Jetta sedan has a higher mpg than the standard Golf. Meanwhile, the Golf GTI has the advantage of cargo space over the Jetta GLI due to its hatchback build. However, beyond that, with similar pricing and power, your choice should come down to look and feel. Which look more suits your style? Once the 2019 VW Jetta GLI releases, come down and take a test drive with it here at Garnet Volkswagen to find out!

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI is now out and available for purchase. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is set to release soon in the spring of 2019. For more information, please give our staff a call. You can also reserve a model for immediate access upon its release or schedule a test drive with the Golf GTI, the Jetta GLI, or any other VW vehicle we have in stock.

The Garnet Volkswagen dealership is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania within Chester County.