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...