2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI: Manual Transmission Returns

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2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Bucking the trend towards automatic transmissions, Volkswagen offers a manual option in both the Jetta and Jetta GLI, appealing to drivers who crave a more engaging experience.

This commitment to driver control extends to the upcoming 2025 Jetta, as a recent teaser hints at the return of the stick shift.

The red stitching on the gear shifter in the teaser suggests a focus on the performance-oriented Jetta GLI, which rivals sporty sedans like the Hyundai Elantra N.

While the availability of a manual transmission in the base 1.5-liter Jetta remains to be seen, Volkswagen’s decision to offer it in the Jetta GLI is unexpected.

Unlike the automatic-only Golf GTI and Golf R, the forthcoming Jetta redesign marks a generational leap for the compact sedan.

2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2025 Volkswagen Jetta GLI (Volkswagen)

This seventh iteration, codenamed A7, debuted in 2018 for the 2019 model year. The initial engine offering was a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The performance-oriented Jetta GLI, revealed later that year, came equipped with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

This makes sense when you consider sales figures: the Jetta and Jetta GLI combined barely reached 60,000 units sold in the US in 2023, a fraction of what Toyota and Honda achieved.

However, Volkswagen recognizes Jetta’s value as an attractive entry point to the brand, with a starting price that undercuts their pricier SUVs and electric vehicles.


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From Vintage Classics to Modern Marvels, Aaron is deeply immersed in the Automobile culture. He is from Kerala and a Man of Few words. He is Someone who loves to spend his free time reading automobile articles and watching TV Shows.

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