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What do GTI and GLI stand for on a Volkswagen?

Volkswagen Acronyms Explained: GTI & GLI

While browsing the Volkswagen lineup, you may have noticed that the Golf and Jetta have variants that aren’t technically classified as the same model. Those models are the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI, respectively. So, what do those acronyms indicate?

What do GTI and GLI stand for on a Volkswagen?

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Modern Meaning of GTI & GLI

In present day, GTI and GLI indicate that a model has the 2.0-liter TSI® four-cylinder engine. It provides 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to both the 2020 Golf GTI and 2020 Jetta GLI. For a compact sedan and a hatchback, that’s a lot of power. Regular Golf and Jetta models have the 1.4-liter TSI® four-cylinder engine. That engine produces 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, considerably less than its GTI and GLI counterpart.

VW Golf GTI back and side view

GTI & GLI Historical Acronym Meanings

Back when they were originally introduced a few decades ago, GTI and GLI stood for Grand Tourisme Injection and Grand Luxe Injection, respectively. “Grand Tourime” translates to “Grand Touring;” models with this designation focused on performance. Similarly, “Grand Luxe” translates to “Grand Luxury;” models branded such were luxurious and comfort-focused. The “Injection” part of GTI and GLI referred to a fuel injection, a massive technological step forward for the automotive world. Nowadays, however, every vehicle has fuel injection, so the acronyms shifted to indicating a more powerful engine and extra high-end features not available on base models.

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