The 2025 VW Jetta GLI sports a new interior and exterior look

  • Volkswagen refreshed the 2025 Jetta GLI
  • Jetta GLIs will feature nicer materials
  • Jetta GLIs are still powered by a turbo-4 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

A performance sedan with a manual transmission may seem as rare as a unicorn these days, but some are still available, even at the more affordable end of the new car spectrum.

One of them is the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which was updated for the 2025 model year along with the rest of the Jetta lineup. This update is the second for the current-generation Jetta, first arriving as a 2019 model in the United States.

The latest round of changes includes new exterior styling, new wheel colors and designs, a revised dashboard and higher quality finishing materials.

The grille design is new for all trims and there are also new LED headlights, as well as a light bar at the rear. Standard wheels measure 17 inches in diameter, but the SEL and GLI trims come standard with 18-inch wheels. Buyers can also choose to have the wheels finished in black.

2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Inside, the old infotainment screen built into the top of the center console has been replaced with a floating screen measuring 8.0 inches. It’s joined by the old 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The climate control controls located below the infotainment screen are also new. The GLI’s premium touches include perforated leather trim with contrast stitching on the seats, heated and ventilated power front seats, matte-finish instrument panel trim, black headliner and illuminated sill plates.

No changes have been made to the mechanical package. Power for the GLI comes from a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that delivers a maximum of 228 hp to the front wheels, either through a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Regular Jettas get a 158-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-4 and an 8-speed automatic.

2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The GLI also comes with a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension instead of the torsion beam setup used on other other trims. It also includes adaptive dampers as well as a limited-slip differential and differential lock.

All 2025 Jettas come standard with a suite of electronic driver assistance features. These include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning.

The 2025 Jetta lineup is expected to be available in dealerships in the third quarter of the year. The base Jetta will have a starting price of $21,995, before destination. Prices for other qualities will be announced later. The corresponding Golf range has also been updated for 2025, with the US once again set to receive the Spicy Golf GTI And Categories Golf R.

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