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2024 VW Jetta GLI Autobahn

Though it is a Quixotic notion in the age of genius tech … but a deeply committed group of car buyers still pine for traditional sedans. And the fact that a top tier brand like VW still offers sedans helps keep hope alive.

The latest updated edition of the VW Jetta GLI Autobahn lives up to its name-like challenge. This fashionable 4-door, nicely styled and proportioned compact sedan with mid-sized interior roominess and a very compelling $31,000 base price, is ideal for gracious date nights or daily errands. But please take it out on the highway for full effect. It doesn’t have to be the Autobahn.

Any nice stretch of a well paved interstate allows the Jetta GLI stretch its legs with 228 horsepower pumped by a familiar 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, paired with a choice of a 6 speed manual shifter or the 7-Speed electronic automatic transmission.

Beyond impressive vigor from a standing start — with GLI 0 – 60 times of 6.1 seconds — the alacrity of this VW sedan is precise, making best use of its modest 3,300 lb weight.