2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, specs, review, price – The Jetta is a cheap family car which is available in most countries around the World. However, it is highly appreciated in the US as well as in Europe thanks to its good interior, great looking exterior and reliable engines. In the US the model can be had for roughly $17,000 or less, depending on the dealer’s discounts while in Europe it starts at the equivalent of around $16,000 due to the availability of less powerful engines. The car is now going to be updated which is going to add a new trim level for the US market and it should get a price drop across the range. This mid-life facelift is set to keep the new Volkswagen Jetta 2016 alive for the next couple of years when an all new model is going to be released.
2016 Volkswagen Jetta specs
Let’s start our preview of the new Volkswagen Jetta 2016 with the US version of the car. Just like before, it will be available with only three different engine choices and this time a new trim level will add a sport version for the car. The base will make use of a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which offers 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The engine is identical to the one of the previous model, so it is unrefined but it is fuel efficient and reliable, so perfect for people looking for a cheap commuter. The other choice is a 1.8 liter turbocharged inline 4 good for 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is also available with a 6 speed dual-clutch automatic and it can be had on the SE model which also gets a sport suspension system as well as a better response from the acceleration pedal. The 150 horsepower diesel will be carried over unchanged as well, offering more than 45 MPG on the highway and 34 MPG in the city, a real treat considering it also has some punch to it.
The new trim level in the US will come as the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI which will add the same engine from the GTI, a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 good for 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This model will also get a new front fascia more similar to that of the Golf GTI as well as a new rear bumper with a more stylish exhaust. The wheels are going to be carried over from the Golf entirely.
In Europe on the other hand the new 2016 Jetta will be a bit more different than the US version. For starters there are a lot more engines available, starting with a 1.4 liter turbocharged inline 4 which is good for 122 horsepower and going all the way up to the 2 liter turbocharged engine from the GTI. There are two diesel engines available as well, a 1.6 liter model with 105 horsepower or a 2.0 liter engine with up to 170 horsepower. Unlike the US model, the European 2016 Volkswagen Jetta will come either with a 6 speed manual or with a 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox which may be a bit problematic. In any case, all wheel drive is going to be available as an option on certain engines.
New Volkswagen Jetta 2016 redesign
Inside the cabin on the other hand, both versions of the car will be identical. The new Volkswagen Jetta 2016 will see a brand new infotainment system with Volkswagen’s own MIB 2 touch-screen infotainment and navigation system which this time uses the Android operating system as well as an Nvidia processor, meaning it is a lot faster than before and it should be better to use than most other systems on the market today. The only drawback is that it will only support Google’s Android Auto.
Front fascia suffered the biggest changes. Red underline mark on the honeycomb grille now extends into the LED headlights. There is no chrome surround at the lower air intake which is now wider and shallower. With square foglights its front look is now wider and lower. Standard for 2016 Volkswagen Jetta SE and SEL models are Mallory 18-inch alloy wheels.