Volkswagen has officially introduced the 2018 model year of the Jetta GLI compact sedan – and it’s not necessarily good news for the customers, because it gains some and loses some.

The sedan will only be offered with a DSG sis-speed automatic double-clutch gearbox, losing the manual option – and that means a base price increase to $30,395. The decision was made due to the low popularity of the manual option, whereas the sedan’s GTI five-door hatch Golf variant is equally popular with either version for transmission. No mechanical modifications are made, with the Jetta GLI still available with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit packing 210 horsepower (156 kilowatts) and 207 pound-feet (280 Newton-meters) of torque.

The retirement of the manual option does mean the new base price surges to $30,395, meaning it’s $1,680 more expensive than the 2017 model – the GTI in the US, for example sells way lower at $26,415. What the model gains is a few equipment modifications – new two-tone Anthracite 18-inch aluminum wheels, along with LED headlights and taillights become available. The “sedan equivalent of the Golf GTI,” as the German automaker likes to refer to it, was last refreshed a couple years back, with design improvements and new interior equipment.

2018 VW Jetta GLI switches to DSG exclusivity 1


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