Driven: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn automatic

Base price (with destination): $27,415
Price as tested: $27,415

Standard Equipment:
2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine
6-speed DSG automatic transmission w/shift paddles
Speed-sensitive power steering
4-wheel disc brakes
Sport suspension w/multilink rear
Red-painted brake calipers
Darkened taillights
Power windows w/one-touch up/down for all windows
Power door locks w/remote
Body-color power mirrors
Sports seats w/6-way manual driver's seat
Adjustable front center armrest w/storage box
Split-folding rear seat w/center armrest and pass-through
Alloy pedals
Premium touch-screen AM/FM/Sirius audio system w/CD player, iPod cable, and Bluetooth
Tilt and telescoping steering column
HID headlamps
Cruise control
Carpeted floor mats
Sport bumpers and side skirts
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Power sunroof
18-inch wheels
V-Tex leatherette

Options on this vehicle:
None

Key options not on vehicle:
None

Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
24/ 32 / 26 mpg

Engine:
2.0L turbo I-4
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

Drive:
Front-wheel

Transmission:
6-speed DSG

Curb weight: 3157 lb

Wheels/tires:
18-inch aluminum alloy
225/40ZR18 Dunlop SP Sport tires

Competitors:
Acura TSX
Honda Civic Si
Lexus IS250

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Solbro
VW why can't you nderstand the value of poor service and poor build quality. May be a Great car, Fun to drive, well priced, but if its at the Dealer or sitting in the driveway waiting for parts, who can afford to own one at any price.
Sideways-#003
Eh, it's nice, but the real GLI died in the last-generation car.
Gslowen
VW has lost its edge literally. The lines of most of the vehicles have softened and the quality and performance has been watered down. The bottom line is the bottom line $$ at VW. This of course is at the expense of crafting enthusiast cars within its line up. I give the CC props for being Mercedes like and the GTI/ R32 for having some of it earlier roots but the balance of the line up milk-toast.
grammardork
Didn't your copy editor review this? There's an extraneous comma in the last sentence of paragraph 1 and a typo in the last sentence of paragraph 2, and that's for starters.
bottlerocket08
The 2.0 is a nice motor. That's where the joy stops. I've had 2 window regulators replaced, rear deck has tennis ball jammed under it just to keep the rattling to a minimum. AC fan motor replaced. I could go on. VW has lost a little luster for me. 15 years of VW ownership and it's time to say good bye! Please refocus on the quality of your cars!!!!!!! Other than that the GLI is fine.

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