2013 Volkswagen GLI Reviews and Ratings

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2013 Volkswagen GLI
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The performance oriented variant of the standard Jetta, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a comfortable and smooth compact car. The Jetta GLI, with its accessible price, offers the everyday consumer German craftsmanship, performance and safety, without breaking the bank.

Exterior panels are tight and though the Jetta is not an unattractive vehicle, the overall design could stand to be modernized. Volkswagen offers standard exterior colors in the following shades: Candy White, Deep Black Metallic, Frost Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, and Tornado Red.

GLI has been synonymous with performance since 1984 but the modern Jetta GLI comes up short. Handling is sub-par, with weak cornering around sharp turns, and braking is less than stellar. Thankfully, acceleration is smooth and effective due to a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. FWD is paired to a smooth-shifting 6-speed DSG automatic transmission to enable an estimated 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Power is adequate but certainly nothing special for a performance oriented vehicle.

Attention to detail in the interior of the vehicle is average but the cabin design is ergonomically sound. The leather wrapped steering wheel adds a luxurious touch to balance the comfortable, but bland, seats. Thankfully, the vehicle is comfortable and roomy, with more than enough space in the front, rear and trunk.

Features include automatic climate control, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone capabilities, power folding mirrors, heated front seats, keyless entry, optional keyless start, 6-speaker sound system and inside mounted spare tire 225/45R H. Safety is comprised of dual front airbags, dual side airbags, front head airbags, rear head airbags, emergency braking assist and roadside assistance for the first 3-years/36,000-miles.

Like many other vehicles blind spots can be a problem, especially without a blind spot monitoring system. That being said, parking is a breeze, due to the Jetta GLI’s size and a turning radius of 38.1 feet. Overall, the Jetta GLI feels like a safe ride, even at highway speeds, and though the vehicle isn’t anything special, it makes for an adequate daily driver.

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