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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI named Car And Driver "10Best"

Nov 21, 2019

  • A Volkswagen Golf model has been named to prestigious group for 14 years in a row
  • GTI and GLI receive new technology for 2020 including in-car Wi-Fi

Los Angeles, CA Car and Driver magazine announced today that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI have been named to the magazine’s prestigious “10Best” list for 2020. It is the 14th consecutive year that a Volkswagen Golf family model has been awarded the honor.

“These VWs check every box and do everything well. They are affordable; they are efficient; they are spacious, fast, and fun,” said the editors of Car and Driver. “It’s their unflinching sense of fun that makes these two so easy to love. They bring the same verve to a crosstown jaunt as they do to barreling into the braking zone.”

“We are honored that Car and Driver has recognized two of our performance Volkswagen models as part of its ‘10Best’ awards,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The GTI and GLI represent the best of what Volkswagen has to offer—stellar driving dynamics, high-tech features and outstanding quality at a value price.”

The Car and Driver annual “10Best” list features 10 of the magazine’s most favored new vehicles. Vehicles are judged on value, performance and the ability to satisfy the comprehensive driving needs of the consumer.

Nominees consist of all-new vehicles, 2019 10Best winners, vehicles that were not available for the 2019 competition, and those with significant updates. For the first time this year, the competition combined cars, trucks and SUVs into one event. All vehicles must fall under the base-MSRP cap of $90,000 and be on sale in January 2020.

In 2020, the Golf GTI returns with a host of enhancements that continue the tradition of affordable performance it has built since its U.S. debut in 1983. The 2020 Golf GTI is available in two trims—S and SE. In a modest value realignment, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert are now standard equipment on all models. GTI models also receive standard in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to a data plan, and the next generation Car-Net® infotainment system.

An Autobahn Package is available for the SE model and adds a host of upscale features, including a Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control, Fender® Premium Audio, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist).

MSRP for the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a standard six-speed manual transmission starts at $28,595. The seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission with Tiptronic® starts at $29,395. The destination charge for all Golf GTI models is an additional $920.

Since it first debuted in 1984, the Volkswagen GLI has had one mission: to deliver an accessible German performance sedan. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is available in two trim levels: S and Autobahn. The Jetta GLI also adds the next-generation Car-Net telematics system, and all models are equipped with in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. Autobahn models add standard wireless charging and the DCC® adaptive damping system for the 2020 model year, along with an optional Black Package which includes 18-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, a black roof, black mirror caps, and a black spoiler.

MSRP for the Jetta GLI with 6-speed manual transmission starts at $26,245. The 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission starts at $27,045. Destination charges for all Jetta GLI models is $920.

The Golf GTI and Jetta GLI will be featured in Car and Driver’s January 2020 “10Best” issue. For more information on Car and Driver’s 2020 "10Best" visit:


About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


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