Utilizing the Jetta redesign, the 2012 Volkswagen GLI is a FWD performance compact sedan with seating for five. The GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions consists of a base 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed DSG® automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 22 mpg city to 33 mpg highway. A 4-corner independent suspension enables the GLI to handle light and grip corners. Features include bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel, keyless access with push button start, leather seats, navigation system, touch-screen stereo and hands-free phone capability. Safety is comprised electronic stability control, advanced airbags, anti-slip regulation, electronic brake distribution, electronic differential lock, anti-lock braking system and hydraulic brake assist. The GLI is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
After a 2-year hiatus, the GLI returns as the sportiest trim level in the Jetta lineup. This all-new model features a sophisticated multi-link independent rear suspension system, a 200-hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. Inside, the GLI features sport seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, both of which set it apart from other Jetta models.
High-end options and feel in a small package, powerful engine, superb handling
The GLI has always stood for inexpensive performance, and after several years' hiatus, the model returns for 2012, aimed squarely at buyers looking for a peppy yet still affordable sports sedan. It's reasonably competitive in a generally crowded segment, going up against cars like the Subaru WRX and Honda Civic Si. But at just $24,000, it's the cheapest European sports sedan on the market, and that gives it great bang for the buck.