2018 VW Jetta GLI Ditches Manual Gearbox To Go DSG-Only

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The bottom worth for the mannequin will increase to $30,395.

Volkswagen has formally revealed that the 2018 Jetta GLI is dropping its handbook gearbox. Any more, the sporty sedan will probably be provided completely with a six-speed, dual-clutch computerized gearbox.

By way of an official assertion and talking to our colleagues at CarsDirect, the automaker confirmed the knowledge, additionally explaining that lower than 30 p.c of the mannequin’s gross sales thus far belong to the handbook model. For comparability, the sedan’s GTI five-door hatch Golf variant, is equally fashionable with handbook and auto transmissions.

No different mechanical adjustments are reported in the mean time, because the Jetta GLI is conserving its 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit untouched. This implies it’s nonetheless producing 210 horsepower (156 kilowatts) and 207 pound-feet (280 Newton-meters) of torque.

Nonetheless, due to the deletion of the handbook variant, the 2018 Jetta GLI sees a slight improve within the base worth. The entry-level mannequin now begins at $30,395, representing a $1,680 premium over the 2017 mannequin. The GTI, for reference, wears a price ticket of $26,415.

VW Jetta GLI

The 2018 Jetta GLI will get minor gear upgrades, which embody the addition of latest two-tone Anthracite 18-inch aluminum wheels. Additionally, there at the moment are LED headlights and taillights.

The “sedan equal of the Golf GTI,” because the German producer describes it, was considerably refreshed about two years in the past. Then, it obtained design enhancements, particularly on the entrance, in addition to gear and inside upgrades, such because the MIB 2 infotainment system and the automated post-collision braking system.

For extra details about the 2018 Jetta GLI, take a look at the press launch part under.

Supply: Volkswagen by way of CarsDirect and MotorAuthority

2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI goes official with a collection of updates

Cover press launchPresent press launch
  • Every trim receives styling adjustments for MY18
  • New value-oriented Wolfsburg Version affords upscale creature comforts inside and outside, together with heated leatherette seats and entrance sport bumper with fog lights
  • Jetta SE Sport trim affords 1.Eight-liter engine with 170hp, sporty black inside and exterior design components
  • Six-year or 72,000-mile “bumper-to-bumper” restricted guarantee beats its opponents’ bumper to bumper protection in years and mileage
  • Properly-equipped 1.4T S mannequin begins at $18,645


Herndon, VA (September 29, 2017) – Already probably the most inexpensive German-engineered sedans in America, the Jetta continues to carry the crown because the best-selling Volkswagen in America.

New for 2018

The 2018 Jetta is obtainable in six trims— Jetta S, Wolfsburg Version, SE, SE Sport, SEL and GLI. The bottom Jetta S features new 16-inch “Atlanta” aluminum-alloy wheels as normal gear, and a brand new chrome entrance grille. 

The newly-added Jetta Wolfsburg Version amplifies the S mannequin, including 16-inch “Linas” aluminum-alloy wheels; a entrance sport bumper with fog lights; and a particular Wolfsburg badge on the B-pillar. The mannequin additionally options heated seats with leatherette seating surfaces and driver lumbar; leather-based gear shift knob and hand brake cowl; rear seat pass-through; and heated washer nozzles.

Jetta SE includes a new chrome entrance grille. The brand new Jetta SE Sport provides depth to the SE mannequin with a typical sunroof and sporty inside and exterior design components in black. Inside, there’s a black headliner and gloss black inside trim. Outdoors, 17-inch “Bathhurst” black aluminum-alloy wheels, and black radiator grille, window trim, rear spoiler and facet mirror caps are normal. 

Jetta SEL now consists of up to date Anthracite 17-inch “Lancaster” aluminum-alloy wheels; new chrome entrance grille; rear spoiler; and Fender® Premium Audio System. Jetta GLI receives new sporty 18-inch “Bathhurst” aluminum-alloy wheels, with new anthracite paint between the spokes.

For the 2018 mannequin 12 months, Volkswagen Jetta fashions will include the Folks First Guarantee, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever happens first) bumper-to-bumper New Car Restricted Guarantee, which might be transferred to subsequent homeowners all through its period.

Pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta with a typical five-speed handbook transmission begins at $18,645. The six-speed computerized transmission begins at $19,645. The vacation spot cost for all Jetta fashions is an extra $850.


The Jetta design incorporates exact traces and muscular surfaces that impart a timeless magnificence. On the entrance, Jetta’s design is additional outlined with a coupe-like incline of the windshield. The Daytime Operating Lights (DRLs) have a particular design and unmistakable signature, shaped by LEDs organized in an L-shaped line alongside and beneath the headlamps. The visible band shaped by the radiator grille and headlight clusters, in addition to the massive decrease air consumption, give the Jetta a considerable look. This look is completed off on the Wolfsburg Version, SE Sport, SEL and GLI trims with foglights mounted within the outer areas of the bumper.

The 2018 Jetta includes a trunk lid with an aerodynamic trailing edge—an built-in spoiler that traces up with the automobile’s silhouette close to the character line, extending elegantly into the rear fenders. The Volkswagen brand sits just under the trunk lid, flanked by normal LED taillights on the GLI trim.

The radiator grille on fashions with the 1.8T engine—Jetta SE Sport and SEL—function  a closeable shutter, which assists in serving to enhance aerodynamics (by guiding frontal airflow across the physique) and gasoline effectivity, in addition to providing higher thermal management of the engine. By conserving the shutter closed throughout warm-up, the engine can attain working temperature sooner, after which the shutter is robotically opened and closed as wanted.

The Jetta SE Sport stands out with 17-inch “Bathhurst” black aluminum-alloy wheels, and black radiator grille, window trim, rear spoiler and facet mirror caps.

The GLI has a daring look, highlighted by an aggressive entrance fascia that includes a honeycomb grille and foglights, together with a rear bumper design that has a diffuser and a typical rear spoiler. 2018 Jetta GLI fashions trip on two-tone Anthracite 18-inch “Bathhurst” aluminum-alloy wheels.


The Jetta includes a spacious inside with spectacular rear-seat legroom of 38.1 inches. The gently-arched roofline supplies beneficiant headroom—37.1 inches for rear-seat passengers. The Jetta additionally affords 15.5 cubic ft of trunk area, which might be elevated by folding ahead the 60/40-split rear seatback. The rear seatback additionally consists of an accessible pass-through to assist accommodate longer objects.

The instrument cluster gauges are framed in chrome and have a “tunnel” design. Elsewhere, the Jetta affords a number of non-compulsory options based mostly on trim, together with gloss black inside trim, chrome accents, and ambient lighting.

Loaded with worth, even entry-level Jetta fashions come nicely outfitted. The Jetta S has normal air-con, a multifunction steering wheel, cruise management, one-touch auto up/down energy home windows, energy locks with distant keyless entry, a rearview digital camera, and energy heated exterior mirrors. A Chilly Climate bundle can be accessible for the S trim, including heated entrance seats and washer nozzles. 

Premium options provided on Jetta’s numerous trims embody a six-way energy driver’s seat; a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; dual-zone computerized local weather management; a sunroof; a soft-touch dashboard; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; heated entrance seats and washer nozzles; rear seat with armrest and trunk go by; KESSY® keyless entry with push-button begin; and a Fender® Premium Audio System. The well-equipped GLI can be handled to entrance sport seats, distinctive purple stitching and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Developed by collaboration between Fender® and Panasonic®, the Fender Premium Audio System cranks 400 watts of energy by 9 audio system and a trunk-mounted subwoofer to assist deliver the uncooked emotion of a stay efficiency to the driving expertise.

MIB II Infotainment. As normal gear throughout the Jetta line, the MIB II infotainment system not solely creates the muse for the following technology of Volkswagen’s Automobile-Internet® linked car companies platform, but in addition affords probably the most complete suites of linked car companies and options accessible within the automotive trade in the present day.

The Jetta S and Wolfsburg Version fashions are outfitted with the Composition Colour unit, which includes a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen show. The infotainment system additionally affords SD card and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, in addition to a rearview digital camera and normal Bluetooth® expertise for suitable units.

All different Jetta fashions are outfitted with a glass-covered 6.33-inch capacitive touchscreen show— SE and SE Sport fashions with the Composition Media unit; SEL and GLI fashions with the Uncover Media system with navigation.

Each models function one USB port, SiriusXM® Satellite tv for pc Radio for a 3 month trial interval, HD Radio, assist for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC). Each models even have the flexibility to ship and obtain SMS textual content messages with Bluetooth with suitable telephones and pair two telephones concurrently. The Uncover Media unit affords 2.5D navigation, that includes one-shot voice vacation spot entry, vacation spot entry with fast search and auto-complete, and predicts attainable locations based mostly on typically used routes.

Volkswagen Automobile-Internet. Volkswagen is dedicated to driving the event of extra linked and clever automobiles, and the Volkswagen Automobile-Internet® connectivity system is a serious aspect in attaining that aim. Options accessible by Automobile-Internet are divided into three key areas: “App-Join,” “Safety & Service,” and “Information & Inform.”

Volkswagen Automobile-Internet App-Join smartphone integration for suitable units is obtainable on Jetta SE fashions and above. App-Join affords customers the flexibility to run choose smartphone apps immediately on the car’s show by companies like Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. 

Outfitted on Jetta SE fashions and above, VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service is a set of components that gives safety features and in addition permits homeowners to entry their VW remotely by vw.com/carnet in addition to a smartphone app.

Prospects buying new Volkswagen fashions outfitted with VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service will obtain a no-charge, six-month trial subscription from Verizon Telematics. To increase the advantages of this method after the trial, prospects can select from a variety of cost choices: One 12 months for $199, two years for $378, and three years for $540, or month-to-month for $17.99, plus relevant taxes and costs.  App-Join can be utilized with no extra cost and isn’t included as a part of the subscription-based companies. 

Accessible VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service options embody Computerized Crash Notification, which may robotically notify an operator who can rapidly contact first responders within the occasion of a collision; Guide Emergency Name, a function that permits for fast entry to buyer specialists on the contact of a button; Roadside Help, for added peace-of-mind within the occasion of bother on the street; and Stolen Car Location Help, which makes use of VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service to help regulation enforcement with finding your car within the occasion that it’s stolen.

As well as, VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service affords distant car entry, distant door lock and unlock, distant honk and flash of lights, final parked location info, and distant standing examine (doorways and home windows). Shoppers will even be capable to ship a location from their suitable linked sensible machine to the factory-installed suitable navigation system on choose fashions. For shoppers preferring a extra private contact, agent vacation spot help can be accessible.

VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service additionally consists of Household Guardian, which affords options comparable to: pace alert, which notifies the proprietor of the car when the pre-determined most pace restrict is exceeded; and boundary alert, which helps you to know when the car has traveled outdoors of a pre-set digital boundary.

Diagnostics and upkeep info can be accessible by VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service. Along with the car’s warning and indicator lights, a Car Well being Report supplies prospects easy accessibility to diagnostic info. When it’s time for scheduled service, VW Automobile-Internet Safety & Service not solely notifies the shopper, however supplies a easy technique to schedule a seller go to. It will possibly even establish the closest seller in case homeowners want a advice.

The accessible VW Automobile-Internet app for smartwatch (helps choose Apple WatchTM and Android Put onTM working techniques) permits VW prospects to manage a number of Safety & Service options and features accessible by the iPhoneTM and AndroidTM apps and Buyer Net Portal, immediately from their wrist. Smartwatch wearers can hold tabs on their car, remotely locking and unlocking doorways and viewing the standing of doorways, home windows and sunroof (open or closed). These shoppers also can discover a parked car extra rapidly, with a map of the present car location, and get strolling or driving instructions to the car. Drivers can examine their gasoline degree and obtain alerts with a suitable smartwatch.

VW Automobile-Internet Information & Inform is included on Jetta SEL and GLI fashions and affords an enhanced navigation and infotainment expertise for VW shoppers. Volkswagen has included applied sciences that improve current navigation choices whereas including an extra degree of knowledge that empowers shoppers. The in-vehicle navigation system options gasoline costs, sports activities scores, film info and climate knowledge as a part of the three-month SiriusXM® Journey Hyperlink trial. VW prospects will even take pleasure in real-time visitors info and a complimentary three-month SiriusXM® Visitors trial.


Volkswagen pioneered using small displacement, extremely environment friendly turbocharged and direct-injection engines within the U.S., beginning with the EA113 engine in 2006 Jetta GLI and GTI fashions. Since then, Volkswagen’s EA888 four-cylinder has helped set the benchmark for small-displacement turbocharged engines.

The 1.Four-liter EA211 turbocharged, direct-injection engine within the S, Wolfsburg Version and SE fashions has 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The EPA estimated gasoline economic system ranking is 28 mpg metropolis and 40 mpg freeway when outfitted with the five-speed handbook transmission; with the accessible six-speed computerized transmission with Tiptronic®, scores are 28 mpg metropolis and 38 mpg freeway.

The Jetta 1.8T SE Sport and SEL fashions function the third-generation EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Made in Volkswagen’s Silao, Mexico manufacturing facility, the 1.Eight-liter engine produces 170 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and a broad torque plateau of 184 pound-feet from 1,500 to Four,750 rpm. The EPA estimated gasoline economic system ranking is 24 mpg metropolis and 33 mpg freeway with the six-speed computerized transmission with Tiptronic.

The newest model of the EA888 TSI engine additionally powers the Jetta GLI. This double-overhead cam, 16-valve, 2.Zero-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine produces 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque (achieved with premium gasoline). The GLI can be environment friendly, with EPA estimated gasoline economic system of 24 mpg metropolis and 33 mpg freeway when outfitted with Volkswagen’s fast-shifting DSG® computerized transmission with Tiptronic.


All 2018 Jetta fashions are fitted with a strut-type entrance suspension with coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar. Additionally they have a classy multilink unbiased rear association that options three transverse and one longitudinal hyperlink per wheel. This permits the longitudinal and transverse dynamics to be exactly configured nearly independently of one another. The result’s extra agile, responsive and exact dealing with. All 2018 Jetta fashions have an anti-roll bar as a part of the rear suspension.

The GLI additionally options, as normal, the spectacular XDS® Cross Differential System. This expertise acts considerably like an digital substitute for a conventional mechanical limited-slip differential, working by actively monitoring knowledge from every wheel sensor. If the suspension turns into unloaded, the system robotically applies braking to the pushed inside wheel as wanted to cut back understeer (the tendency for the entrance wheels to run vast). This not solely helps hold the Jetta on the street, however also can assist enhance dealing with and cornering efficiency.


To assist defend occupants, the Jetta supplies a mixture of each passive and lively security techniques. The Jetta has been engineered to satisfy or exceed all present crash laws and options six airbags as normal together with a variety of digital and mechanical security techniques, together with normal Digital Stability Management (ESC).

Volkswagen’s Computerized Submit-Collision Braking System is normal on the 2018 Jetta. This builds on the premise collision is never a single, instantaneous motion, however somewhat a collection of occasions that observe the preliminary influence—probably the most important of which may trigger extra collisions. The Computerized Submit-Collision Braking System addresses this by making use of the brakes when a main collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus serving to to cut back residual kinetic power and, in flip, the possibility of extra harm.

The Jetta additionally consists of Volkswagen’s Clever Crash Response System that shuts off the gasoline pump, unlocks the doorways, and switches on the hazard lights if the automobile is concerned in sure varieties of collisions the place airbags deploy.

Driver Help

The Jetta affords a typical rearview digital camera and variety of accessible driver help techniques, together with Ahead Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Entrance Help), Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Visitors Alert, and entrance and rear Park Distance Management (ParkPilot).

Entrance Help, normal on SEL fashions, helps warn drivers of potential frontal collisions (Ahead Collision Warning) with automobiles, and in some circumstances can present computerized braking help (Autonomous Emergency Braking).

Inside bodily system limits, Ahead Collision Warning helps warn the driving force of vital front-end collision conditions, each acoustically and visually by a warning image within the instrument cluster above 18 mph. If the driving force fails to brake, or if the automobile is under 18 mph, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to assist sluggish the car. If the brake pedal is utilized however the driver brakes too calmly, the brake strain is elevated by the system (Braking Help).

Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC), normal on Jetta SEL fashions, makes use of a ahead dealing with radar to take care of a set pace whereas serving to keep a set distance to the car in entrance. The driving force units the pace and the specified spacing by way of buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and may additional use these buttons or the brakes to regulate and cancel the ACC operate whereas the accelerator can be utilized to override the ACC operate. All ACC-related system messages seem within the central multifunction show.

When the roadway forward of the car is obvious, the system maintains the set pace. Jetta fashions fitted with ACC can match a car in entrance.  If the automobile stands longer than three seconds, the driving force can resume ACC management after urgent the accelerator pedal or the “resume” button on the steering wheel.

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Visitors Alert is normal on Jetta SE and better trims. Blind Spot Monitor makes use of two radar sensors on the rear of the car to scan the approaching visitors and may help warn drivers of potential hazard in adjoining lanes. If the driving force makes use of the flip sign to point a lane change whereas a car is detected in a blind spot, the system makes use of a flashing LED image within the outer space of the facet mirrors. Even when the driving force doesn’t use a flip sign, the LED image within the mirror will illuminate if a car is detected within the blind spot. The system is designed to assist alert drivers in particular conditions; stationary objects or oncoming automobiles don’t set off warnings, nor will automobiles a couple of lane throughout away from the car.

The Rear Visitors Alert system helps detect automobiles approaching from the facet which may be tough for the driving force to see whereas reversing. It affords a large vary of about 65 ft, and can current a visible and an acoustic warning, earlier than making use of the brakes if a possible impending collision is detected. If the driving force doesn’t react, the system can apply the brakes to assist mitigate and, in the very best case, forestall a collision. The system is activated by placing the automobile in reverse.

ParkPilot, outfitted on Jetta GLI fashions, makes use of ultrasonic sensors positioned within the entrance and rear bumpers to watch a variety of as much as 5 ft in entrance or behind the car. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or under a pace of 9 mph and helps present steering when parking or in tight areas. The system has audible and visible warnings when the automobile begins to strategy parked automobiles or static objects from the entrance or rear.


For the 2018 mannequin 12 months, Volkswagen Jetta fashions will include the Folks First Guarantee, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever happens first) bumper-to-bumper New Car Restricted Guarantee, which might be transferred to subsequent homeowners all through its period.

The six-year/72,000-mile Folks First Guarantee consists of powertrain protection for engines, transmissions and non-compulsory 4Motion® all-wheel-drive techniques. Moreover, all the weather of the Folks First Guarantee might be transferred to subsequent homeowners for as much as six years or 72,000 miles, whichever happens first, from the date it was first bought new.

Most mainstream opponents to the Volkswagen model in the US comparable to Honda, Toyota and Ford provide solely a three-year/36,000 mile primary guarantee and a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain guarantee on their automobiles and SUVs. Whereas Hyundai and Kia provide a five-year/60,000 mile primary guarantee and a better time and mileage restrict on their powertrain restricted warranties, if the car is bought to a second proprietor, the powertrain restricted guarantee shouldn’t be transferable past 5 years or 60,000 miles from the date it was first bought new.


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