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2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

Review: 2014 Volkswagen GLI Autobahn

Volkswagen has been with creating drivers’ for decades; cars that the road; cars that excellent steering feel; that make driving The company got its reputation for this it came out with the GTI hatchback—a version of the Rabbit—in the early The GTI is, of course, still one of the foremost hot on the market today. However, if you want the fun of a GTI but in a sedan variant? You to the VW Jetta GLI.

The latest GLI a host of goods that the regular Jetta into a sedan. Like all Jettas for it has a fully independent suspension. the GLI gets a sportier tuning regular Jettas. You get VW’s 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four which makes 210 horsepower and 207 of torque. There are GLI-specific and rear fasciae, which a more aggressive look standard Jetta models. Our model has the Autobahn package also includes 18” wheels and smoked LED taillights, V-tex seating with red stitching; a premium audio system; headlamps; and other bits make this Jetta the one to get if looking for fun and four doors.

The latest Jetta has been by critics, but I happen to find the GLI attractive. While base-model may appear bland, the GLI Autobahn enough finesse to take it bland to sophisticated minimalist, in Reflex Silver Metallic, could be the perfect color for sedan.

Slip inside the and there’s a sophisticated, upscale Most of the materials feel of quality, and there’s a host of and silver trim bits. The red on the upholstery adds a sporting The driving position feels right—not too laid down and not too the steering wheel feels in the hand. The GLI feels the way you’d a sports sedan to feel on the I do wish there was a bit more bolstering to the seats. Speaking of front seats, they are with multiple settings low to egg-frying hot. Honestly, are some of the best (and seat heaters I’ve The back seat offers of room for adults, and the rear folds down if you needed to put cargo into the vehicle. And by the the trunk on this thing is especially considering the vehicle’s On the down side, there more rattles than we liked on the interior. Plus, I got used to the start/stop button which is on the upper-left part of the console. I kept going for the column, then the dash, and to the correct location.

By the way, the Fender sound is fantastic. I’d experienced it in the latest and it sounds just as good in the VW’s touch-screen infotainment is easy to use, and has a lot of menus to through.

This GLI was equipped VW’s DSG (Direct Shift dual-clutch automatic. One of the better on the market, the shifts are extremely and the transmission responds quickly to taps on the steering wheel or by moving the gear selector. is a bit of hesitation when starting a standstill. It takes a bit of getting to, but it does work very

Acceleration is strong and there’s of power to be had. And while sporty compacts, such as the Focus ST and the 2013 MAZDASPEED3 more power, the Jetta is no even at 3,158 lbs. Jetta also sounds under wide-open throttle. a seductive growl when which only adds to the experience. It may not be as fast as the Focus ST, but it very refined and European in power delivery, handling, and

When the corners come up, the doesn’t disappoint. Cornering is and precise and is helped along by the limited-slip system called XDS like many new vehicles, the brakes to instead of a mechanical I did note the traction control was on the side and would occasionally on when you didn’t want it to. is a button to disable the traction but I left it on most of the time. The steering is fantastic, by the way. weighted ideally and the steering feels quick.

For 99% of the driving I did, the car handled well. It also has a supple ride. As cliché as it is to bring up cars and the Autobahn, this is the model afterall, and yes, I’m it’d ride quite at higher speeds. Equipped four-wheel disc brakes, our GLI have excellent brake and it was easily modulated. VW proves yet it can build a driver’s car with the new

Rated at 24 city, 27 combined, and 32 I got 29 MPG all day long; impressive since the majority of the driving I did was in the city. The GLI drink premium fuel.

stylish, comfortable, and powerful, has taken its latest Jetta and it into a very good sports sedan, much it has done for decades. While it perfect, it’s one of my favorite VWs I’ve driven in some You often pay a premium for these driving dynamics and well-appointed and the ’14 GLI Autobahn is no exception. Our model came to $30,415. that’s loaded (and navigation and a moonroof). If you are looking for the Focus ST is faster and a bout less expensive. But if you’re set on a the ST is out of the question. In fact, if you want a compact sedan other the GLI, you’ve got the Honda Si, which is close to the same but not as well appointed inside; and the ILX, which is very to the Si, but not as sporting, although it has a posh There is also the Subaru WRX which doesn’t have as nice of an interior and doesn’t nearly as polished, but it has quite a bit power (265 hp) and has all-wheel Only the ILX offers an automatic though.

The GLI isn’t about being the It has impressive driving dynamics, a amount of usable power, and good looks. It’s an overall package; certainly one of the VWs I’ve driven in a while. So if the sports sedan is your and you’re not down with the Jetta GLI has a lot you’ll probably And like many other VWs of yore, this GLI is certainly a car.

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