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Is the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI fast?

2020 Jetta GLI Top Speed and 0-60 Acceleration

The GLI designation is what sets apart a Jetta from a Jetta GLI. For those unfamiliar, it’s an acronym that indicates not just a specific trim, but a completely different model. The GLI moniker indicates a performance-oriented engine and a more refined interior. While the upscale interior is appreciated, the draw for many remains the performance engine.

If performance is what you’re here for, we’re happy to say that the 2020 Jetta GLI doesn’t disappoint. Today we’ll examine how fast the 2020 Jetta GLI can go and how quick it accelerates. Let’s answer:

Is the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI fast?


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2020 Jetta GLI parked on tarmac2020 Jetta GLI Top Speed and Acceleration

Official numbers for the 2020 Jetta GLI have yet to be released, but by examining the old model and comparing it to the new specs, we can make a hypothesis.  The old Jetta GLI did 0-60 in 6.7 seconds. With the new, more powerful engine and the almost-instantaneous shifting from the 7-speed DSG transmission (don’t worry, there’s a manual transmission too), it’s a safe bet that the new GLI will do 0-60 in less than 6.0 seconds. Given that the engine is the same one included in the 2020 Golf GTI, we expect the top speed to be limited to 155 mph, just like it is in the Golf GTI.

2020 Jetta GLI Engine Specs

The 2020 Jetta GLI uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine. As mentioned before, it is the same one that appears in the 2020 Golf GTI. The engine pumps out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed DSG automatic based off of the exceptional 7-speed Porsche PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is known for some of the fastest and smoothest shifting currently capable with modern mechanics.

Interested in the 2020 Jetta GLI?

Let us know! As soon as the 2020 Jetta GLI comes out, we’ll keep you in the loop. And when they’re finally available, don’t forget to schedule a test drive.