2012 VW Jetta GLI Review — 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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2012 VW Jetta GLI Review

It was a month ago, during my of the new-for-2011 VW Jetta SEL. I was getting antsy about taking too long to release the version of their mid-size Well, it’s finally and it rounds out the Jetta lineup damn well, if you ask me.

Last VW completely redesigned the Jetta a car that now more closely the Passat than the Golf, and looks a bit like a German sedan. Introduced with one gasoline engine, one not-so-good and a fantastic diesel powerplant, I’d the new Jetta a huge win for VW. And so, apparently, is the car-buying public; they’re like mad. Enthusiasts, have been left in the with the new model. That is, now.

The all-new 2012 VW Jetta GLI a massively upgraded turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 200 hp and 207 of torque. Doesn’t sound a lot, but it really does like more power the numbers suggest. Aided by a six-speed manual transmission love VW for putting sticks in trim level,) or you can opt for the best automatic transmission us middle-class can buy – six-speed DSG with paddle-shifters – for an $1,100. Our test model with the DSG, and while I’m a big fan of this transmission, it didn’t quite right in this

Under normal driving, the of the DSG’s urge to shift NOW (a very good thing spirited driving) and the engine’s lag (which is noticeable) make for a and uneven drive at lower Taking off under light or acceleration from a stop, for is downright awkward until you get to it. I’ve taken the only solution to the problem: drive I’m being chased, constantly. The lag is actually very noticeable. My Launch control. Wait…no control? Lame. Still, the surprisingly fun to drive hard.

In addition to the fun-loving powertrain, the GLI a lowered (15mm) track-tuned stiffer spring and damper and Volkswagen’s XDS cross differential for better control. The ride noticeably stiffer than the Jetta, but handling is significantly around corners. The GLI also a more aggressive look – in there’s a new grille, foglamps, and and the rear gets smoked and dual exhaust tips. calipers round out the “Look, I’m package. Our model includes “GLI Alloy” wheels on the Autobahn trim,) which the calipers pop even more.

Inside, the 2012 GLI gets aluminum pedals, shift dash and door trims, with red stitching on the sport and flat-bottomed leather steering All 2012 Jettas get a new audio as an option (standard on some – a nine-speaker (with subwoofer) 400 Fender system that exceptional. A standard auxiliary and iPod connector (in the glove let you listen to your own music and it through the touch-screen interface. My gripe about the system is the knob that has a little symbol on the face that with the knob instead of in place:

2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Quite possibly the most complaint about a car, but it me crazy having it tilted in one I have to set it to point up then use the volume controls on the steering Please tell me I’m not the only one who bothers. Anyone…?

The new GLI starts at and is well-equipped with all that stuff above, plus 60/40 rear seats, sport seats with adjust, one-touch up/down all-around, 17-inch wheels, and the (non-Fender) six-speaker audio (you still get aux and iPod Upgrade to the GLI Autobahn trim for and you get the bigger and much nicer-looking GLI wheels (the 17-inchers on the GLI are kind of ugly,) power fake leather with front seats, a cooled box, automatic climate and the fancy Fender sound For another $900 you get navigation and start/stop.

Fuel economy is a respectable mpg – only one city mpg lower the 170 hp five-cylinder in the “normal” Jetta.

for a run-down of the practical side of the new Check out the 2011 Jetta SEL I ran last month. There many differences between and 2011. The interior is still in the same quality pre-2011 had, but the value-per-dollar is still most others in its class. The fun-per-dollar ratio is particularly

2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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