Back in 1984 Volkswagen decided to put the GTI's powertrain and suspension under the hood of the Jetta, creating the first Jetta GLI. That first GLI only had 90 horsepower, but its sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars, and vented front disc brakes made it the sportier choice in the Jetta lineup. Now 30 years later, Volkswagen is celebrating the GLI's 30th anniversary and will sell it as the Edition 30 in 2014.
The 2014 Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 210 horsepower that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also has a sport suspension, bigger wheels, upgraded brakes, more aggressive body styling, and an interior that features sport seats and pedals.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first GLI, Volkswagen will sell the car only as an Edition 30 in two trim levels, starting in early 2014: the Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation. Compared with the current 2014 Jetta GLI, the GLI Edition 30 is distinguished externally by 18-inch "Laguna" aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler, and Edition 30 badging. The Edition 30 with Navigation also has red trim inside the Bi-Xenon headlights.
Inside, the Edition 30 gets V-Tex leatherette seats with red accents; red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, and armrests; carbon-look trim inlays; Edition 30 kickplates; and floormats with red stitching.