WATCH | VW's new 170kW Jetta GLI performance sedan gives locals a taste of what could've been

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The VW Jetta is no longer sold brand-new locally.

It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine with outputs of 170kW and 350Nm.

Locally, VW only has the Polo as its solitary sedan option.

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If you look at Volkswagen's local line-up, they don't seem to be missing a beat with so many options available for the prospective buyer to choose from.

The Jetta sedan once used to form part of the fray until it was 'cruelly' given its marching orders - along with the Passat and CC - to make way for the Arteon, which unfortunately flopped massively and is no longer sold as brand-new in South Africa.

Locally, VW only has the Polo as its solitary sedan option.

In truth, the local sedan market is declining with SUVs, passenger cars and hot hatches the preferred choices for many - T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Touareg, Polo, Golf GTI - the list for the Wolfsburg-based brand is pretty extensive.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Forbidden fruits

Over in other markets, the Jetta is thriving and even more tantalising is its performance version, the GLI. It is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine with outputs of 170kW and 350Nm, mated to either a seven-speed DSG or six-speed manual.


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GLI badging is found on various sections of the car, like the boot lid and revised honeycomb grille, complete with the signature red accent lines. Other design bits include 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome dual exhaust pipes and a honeycomb diffuser at the rear.

Red and black is a theme on the inside, with ventilated front seats covered in Titan Black leather fused with red accents and a multi-function steering wheel and digital cockpit for the driver.

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Even though petrolheads can enjoy the more powerful Golf 8 GTI, the GLI gives locals a taste of what could've been. Who knows, maybe the Jetta will return one day again.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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