The Car Coach: The 2012 VW GLI
The 2012 VW GLI is a fun-to-drive yet practical four-door that fills the gap between sporty economy cars and pricier luxury sport sedans. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.
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Make/Model – 2012 VW Jetta GLI
MPG – 24 city/32 hwy mpg
Engine – 2.0L inline 4-cyl. turbo charged engine – 200 hp. and 207 ft./lbs of torque.
Transmissions - Manual Transmission or optional DSG dual clutch automatic
Price – starts at $23,495
17” high performance tires, four-wheel disc brakes and every GLI comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control and side curtain airbags. Power locks and keyless entry come standard.
The 2012 VW Jetta GLI has a more dynamic look than the standard Jetta. During my test drive in this well-rounded sedan, I appreciated its athletic handling, comfortable ride, swift acceleration and excellent fuel economy.
My highway long distance test drive showcased the Jetta GLI’s stability at high speeds and impressive adjustable seat coverage. I took a turn in the back seat and found plenty of leg and headroom for all 5 possible passengers. Also, the 18” motorsport black rims really made the car stand out.
As for a sound system, the Fender Premium system was top quality, with an otherwise quiet cabin both on the highway and city streets.
•Good fuel economy
•Fuel-efficient and Peppy engine
•Flat bottomed steering wheel
•Well-equipped and comfortable ride
•Could be more powerful
•Some cheap interior plastics
Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.
For more information, visit www.VW.com.