2021 VW Jetta vs Jetta GLI: Price and Specs

A Comparison between the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the Jetta GLI

2021 VW Jetta or Jetta GLI? If you can’t decide which model is for you, keep reading!

Arbour VW, your Volkswagen dealer in Laval near the North Shore of Montreal, tells you all about the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta, the price of its different versions as well as its differences with the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Let’s compare their specs!

2021 Jetta vs Jetta GLI: Prices, Versions, Sizes, etc.

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is offered at a base price of $21,595 and is available in 3 versions: Comfortline, Highline and Execline.

The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI starts at $30,995, is the only available in one version.

close up view of the front grill of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta
close up view of the front grill of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Note that these two vehicles have the same dimensions, with minor differences. The GLI version is 3 millimeters longer and has a 5-millimeter shorter wheelbase. Both have trunks with a capacity of 399 L.

Their most important differences are their powertrains and their interior and exterior features.

2021 VW Jetta vs. Jetta GLI: Design Differences


Let’s go over the design of the exterior. The Jetta is equipped with 16- or 17-inch rims, depending on the version chosen. The GLI version uses 18-inch rims.

While both models come standard with LED headlights in the front and rear, the 2021 Jetta GLI, priced at $30,995, also comes standard with a body-coloured rear spoiler and a Rail 2 Rail sunroof. This sunroof can also be added to the Jetta as an option.

three quarter front view of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

As for exterior colors, the Jetta is available in black, white, silver or gray, while the GLI offers 5 colours, 4 of which are paired with a black roof.


Both models offer interiors in Titan Black, and their main differences lie in their list of equipment.

While the GLI comes standard with a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function and 2 lumbar adjustments, the entry-level Jetta only has manual adjustments; you have to upgrade to a higher trim to get change that.

Heated front seats are standard on all versions.

view of the living space with the steering, central console and dashboard of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Jetta vs. Jetta GLI: Technical Specs

The differences between the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the GLI are more apparent when it comes to their specs.

Engine and Power

Comfortline Highline Execline Jetta GLI
Engine 1.4 L 4-cyl. turbo with 147 hp 2.0 L 4-cyl. turbo with 228 hp
Transmission 6-speed manual 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic. 6-speed manual 7-speed auto.

Safety and Driver-Assist Technologies

The GLI offers numerous safety features and onboard technologies that you won't find in the entry-level model of the 2021 VW Jetta, which is priced at $21,595.

However, some of these features are included in higher-level trims, including:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring;
  • Rear Traffic Alert;
  • Lane Assist;
  • Rain-sensing wipers;
  • Front Assist Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection;
  • Adaptive Cruise Control;
  • Automatic high beams;
  • And more.
three quarter front view of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta on a street

Onboard Technologies

Finally, both the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2021 Jetta GLI offer a long list of onboard technologies, which will vary depending on the version you choose:

close up view of the main screen inside of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2021
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (wireless available depending on version);
  • A 10.25-inch digital cockpit;
  • Satellite navigation;
  • BeatsAudio sound system;
  • Infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen;
  • Keyless Entry;
  • Rearview camera;
  • And much more.

2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Jetta GLI: the summary

Whether you choose a base Jetta or its sportier version, the GLI, you'll drive home in a vehicle that is a pleasure to drive. What’s more, it offers exceptional value for money and its design is a resounding success from bumper to bumper.

To learn more about the 2021 VW Jetta, the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, the price of the different versions, or to book a test drive, stop by for a visit at Arbour Volkswagen in Laval near Boisbriand and Blainville!

Also be sure to ask about our ongoing Volkswagen promotions and financing options!

2021 VW Jetta vs Jetta GLI: Price and Specs

Comfortline Highline Execline Jetta GLI
Price $21,595 $25,495 $28,995 $30,995
Engine 1.4 L turbo 2.0 L turbo
Power 147 horsepower 228 horsepower
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed manual 7-speed auto.
Fuel Cons. city 7.9-8.0 L/100 km 8.0 L/100 km 9.7 L/100 km
Fuel Cons. hwy 5.8-6.0 L/100 km 6.0 L/100 km 7.0 L/100 km
Trunk 399 L
rear view of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta