2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI review: For better and for worse, a cheaper GTI

The Good With a torquey powertrain and athletic moves, VW’s Jetta GLI delivers fun in an affordable package. The Bad VW’s accountants have clearly pinched too many pennies in the cabin, plus a couple of common options aren’t available. The Bottom Line The 2019 Jetta GLI is a few small tweaks away from being a no-compromises sport sedan bargain. As it is, it’s still good fun for short money. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. First cars are important. Whether pristine, new and gleaming, or tired, old and steaming, they’re among most people’s first tastes of adulthood and freedom. Those memories — both positive and negative — stick with us forever. By the time I got my first set of keys in high school, I was already a big car enthusiast. My first car, a European-spec 1986 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with around 100,000 miles of, let’s call it “seasoning,” helped set me on trajectory that led me to my life’s work in automotive journalism. In other words, the GLI is k...

When I tested out an ab routine from former Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone Quinn two months

When I tested out an ab routine from former Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone Quinn two months ago, my core was in for a treat. With plank ankle taps, plank rocks, and tabletop step outs, it really did challenge my deep core in the best way. So when I saw that Alicia, who won silver in the 2008 Beijing Games during the team competition and has 10 World Championship medals, posted a new routine focused on the lower body, I just knew I had to give it a try. Like her ab workout I reviewed, this one is also a routine you can do anywhere (I did it at home in my bedroom, no less). Alicia didn’t list the exercises in her June 29 Instagram, but she provided POPSUGAR with the appropriate names of each. She captioned the post with hashtags like #mybuttisalreadysore and #yourewelcome, and she calls it a “sneaky booty/core burn.” After doing it, I mainly classify it as a butt workout — and I explain why later on. Directions: Perform three sets of 30 seconds for each exercise, making sure that you do both sides for the moves that require it. Below, you’ll see exactly how I did each exercise. Don’t forget to cool down afterward with some lower body stretches. You...