2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE vs SEL

2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE vs SEL

Car shoppers who have their hearts set on the new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI just have one important decision to make. Should they go with the SE or spring for the SEL? Both of these sporty sedans are loaded with features, some for safety and some just for fun. It’s a tough call, but we’ll help you decide with this comparison of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI SE vs SEL.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

It would be easier to list the features the Jetta GLI DOESN’T have than what it does. Both the SE and SEL trims have a sunroof, park distance control, LED taillights and license plate lighting, VW Car-Net App-Connect, a rearview camera, 400W Fender Premium Audio system, dual-zone climate control, keyless access with push-button start, six-way power-adjustable seats and leatherette interior with red stitching and ambient lighting to match. In other words, they’re loaded. That’s not to mention the sport suspension and the 210 hp turbocharged engine they share with the Golf GTI.

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Jetta GLI SE features

The 2016 Jetta GLI SE has pretty much everything you could want in a sport sedan. Our favorite features are the red stitching on the leatherette seats with the matching interior ambient lighting, and the sound system. It doesn’t get any better than eight speakers plus a subwoofer powered by 400 watts to give every journey a concert-quality soundtrack. Throw in the power tilting/sliding sunroof and the convenience of park distance control, and you can’t go wrong picking this trim. Unless …

2016 Jetta GLI SEL leather seats
2016 Jetta GLI SE Fender stereo
2016 Jetta GLI SE sunroof

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Jetta GLI SEL features

Unless, of course, you’re the type of person who just has to have the very best of everything. The extra bells and whistles included with the Jetta GLI SEL are just for you. Features like the bi-xenon headlights and foglights don’t just look cool, they have a tangible benefit when driving at night or in inclement weather. The blind spot monitor is a major safety boost as well. And if you spend a lot of time on the road, well, you’re going to love that touchscreen navigation. There’s definitely enough added to the SEL to make it a very compelling choice and a great value.

2016 Jetta GLI SEL foglights
2016 Jetta GLI SEL navigation
2016 Jetta GLI SEL blind spot monitor