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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI named to Car and Driver "10Best"

Nov 23, 2020

  • 15th consecutive win for Golf GTI
  • GTI and Jetta GLI welcome new technology for the 2021 model year with the addition of the MIB3 infotainment system

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to announce that Car and Driver magazine has named the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI to the magazine’s prestigious “10Best” list for 2021. It is the 15th consecutive year that the GTI has been awarded the honor.

“Get behind the wheel of a GTI or GLI and you'll find a playful and premium driving experience, with each offering a level of sensitivity to driver inputs that most makers of sport compacts can only dream of achieving,” said the editors of Car and Driver. “What's more, for all this goodness, VW doesn't demand a single sacrifice in practicality.”

“We are thrilled to have Volkswagen models on the 10Best list for the 15th straight year,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “GTI and GLI represent the heart and soul of this brand with their combination of 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, fun and mission fulfillment. Nominees consist of all-new vehicles, those with significant updates, and 2020 10Best winners. The competition combines cars, trucks and SUVs; all vehicles must fall under the base-MSRP cap of $90,000 and be on sale in the U.S. by January 31, 2020.

The 2021 Golf GTI continues the tradition of affordable performance it has built since its U.S. debut in 1983. With 2021 being the seventh generation’s final model year, every trim—S, SE, and Autobahn—includes visual cues to signal the change: painted side view mirrors and a rear lip spoiler, both in glossy black. SE and Autobahn models feature the new MIB3 infotainment system as well as new designs for the standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

MSRP for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a standard six-speed manual transmission starts at $28,695. The seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission with Tiptronic® starts at $29,495. The destination charge for all Golf GTI models is an additional $995.

Since it first debuted in 1984, the Volkswagen GLI has had one mission: to deliver an accessible German performance sedan. The 2021 Jetta GLI is offered in two well-equipped trims—the S and Autobahn. The Autobahn trim adds a host of upscale features including the new MIB3 infotainment system Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist).

MSRP for the Jetta GLI with 6-speed manual transmission starts at $26,345. The 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission starts at $27,145. Destination charges for all Jetta GLI models is $995.

The Golf GTI and Jetta GLI will be featured in Car and Driver’s January 2021 “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, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.


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All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.


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