A Comparison Between The Jetta GL, GLS And GLI

Jetta GL VS GLS

The critical differences between these two models is best exhibited in their engines and performance. Their dimensions and the body styles of both models remain essentially the same. Of course the Jetta GLS model is the Turbocharged sports version of Jetta GL, which is the base model. The Jetta GL provides automatic and manual transmissions and does not provide any options for dealer installed gadgets.

How Different Are Their Engines

Now let’s take a critical look at their engines and see how their specifications are different from each other.

The Jetta GL is powered by a two litre, 115 horsepower engine. The four-cylinder engine generates a torque of 122 lb. feet. Meanwhile, the Jetta GLS is powered by a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine. The inline-4 engine produces 180 horsepower and a torque of 173 lb. feet. Apart from this engine, the GLS model has provision for the standard engine and a variety of others like the VR6, which is a six-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. It can also operate on a 1.9 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. Being a more “luxurious”model, it comes with features such as a sunroof, sports suspensions and leather seats. This model also lacks dealer-installed options. Both models feature a five manual transmission and 4 automatic, except the turbocharged engine of the GLS model.

Jetta GL VS GLS: Difference In Performance

Performance is the other factor that underlines their differences. With the Jetta GL, you are able to hit 0-60 mph in 10.5 seconds. Compare this with the 7.9 seconds you need to reach 0-60 mph with the Jetta GLS. On the highway, the Jetta GL earns 28 mpg. Driven in the city, it earns 22 mpg. On the other hand, the Jetta GLS earns 29 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg when driven in the city.

How About The Interior

There is very little difference between the two models in this area. Both models come with standard power locks, air conditioning, remote locking and power mirrors. However, the Jetta GLS can be fitted with a tachometer and three point safety harnesses.

Generally, Jetta GL features side air bags, floor mats, curtain air bags, ABS and 15” steel wheels. These come in full size plastic hubcaps. The GLS features power windows, standard cruise control and am/ FM cassette/ cd player. The Turbocharged GLS models come with more features such as alloy rims, traction control with 5-speed automatic transmission for automatic models. VR6 models include sunroof, traction control, leather seats, alloy rims (if not standard) and heated seats. The diesel charged engines come with traction control as well, while automatic ones spot alloy rims.

A Look At The GLI: How Different Is It?

The GLI is basically a sports model. It is based on the GLS model. Its engine is the biggest and most powerful of the three models. It also comes with a 6-speed manual, sport tuned transmission or sports gearbox, wide tyres and sports suspension. Its traction and electronic stability controls are standard.

The GLI model comes with a VR6 engine. The model lacks automatic transmission and that is why it applies the 6-speed manual transmission. It also comes with an anti skid system, manual air conditioning, standard cruise control system, 17” alloy rims, ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program), anti-lock brakes (ABS). Other specifications of this model include sunroof, leather sports seats and optional high performance audio, among others.

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