2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Review: Autoblog

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The review is for a 2012 Model There may be minor changes to model you are looking at.

A GTI For The Masses

given Volkswagen a fair of flack for the 2011 Jetta and so. All the things we held dear in generations high-end materials, driving dynamics and that sense of premium the Germans do so were all nixed in the name of share.

But as we suspected, it’s Jetta sales in the U.S. are up 74 over last year as view the redesigned, cut-priced as an upmarket contender to the Toyota Honda Civic and Chevrolet

And honestly, more power to

What we’ve really waiting for is this, the 2012 GLI. Packing VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a manual or optional DSG and an independent suspension, the GLI is here to assuage fears that VW has lost the in its relentless pursuit of global dominance. Just as Porsche given up on sports cars as it into un-Porsche-like segments, has VW in its efforts to appeal to more

But unlike Ferdinand’s second we still have the nagging that Volkswagen is leaving on the table despite the GLI’s on paper.

From 40 yards it’s hard to tell the GLI from a standard Jetta. Get and even the deeper front honeycomb grille and vertical fog pulled from the GTI do little to the same racy presence of its hot stablemate. The standard 10-spoke, wheels even look a dinky in their wheel despite the red brake calipers.

an optional set of 18-inch, split rollers (pictured below) up the game and come coated in R18 Dunlop SP Sport 01 AS rubber makes for a worthy upgrade the standard 225/45 R17 all-season ContiProContacts.

The Jetta’s tune on the inside. And to excellent effect.

a soft-touch dash; convincing trim on the dash and flat-bottom, wheel; bolstered seats in optional V-Tex leatherette; and red stitching abound. It’s all a improvement over the bargain-basement we’ve endured in our Jetta TDI although the GLI’s plastics go high-class to low-brow as soon as hand ventures south to be expected considering its plebeian

But why this endless discussion of materials? Here’s a prime Volkswagen is introducing its Fender Audio System into the lineup for 2012. It’s with crisp highs and a low-end when equipped in the GLI ($25,545) and Autobahn with ($26,445) models.

Forget for a the ironic reason why rockers using Fender amps to with artful distortion and focus on the lows. When the drum popped at a volume over 15 in our tester, there was a rattling from the passenger-side A few minutes of feeling around and we found the culprit. The map pocket is of low-grade plastic and the vibration the bass rattled the cubby the cover.

Not cool, but a perfect about why we harp on discount

But this isn’t a story a reworked interior on a $23,495 (although it could be). is about how the GLI holds up as a GTI sans-hatch. And to end, it’s exactly you’d expect.

Power the 2.0T is unchanged for sedan with 200 horsepower coming on at rpm and peak torque 207 pound-feet from 1,700 rpm and up. We spent 20 minutes in the DSG model (+ $1,100) and it. fine. But as per usual (particularly in segment), the manual is the driver’s even in start-and-stop traffic.

Clutch take-up is on the high and side, so puttering around doesn’t require a Tour de left leg. The shifter VW fare, with an enlarged and slightly long throws a choice of six forward ratios. is handled by 12.3-inch vented discs and 10.7-inch solid rotors, all of which add up to a predictable, pedal feel that began to fade after two torturous runs through the hills outside VW’s American headquarters.

While the continues to gain accolades for its and tunability, VW’s tried-and-true four-pot is starting to show its despite a recent reworking. Two horsepower was plenty for a front-driver in but consider that the Kia Optima BMW’s new turbocharged four and even the old Cobalt SS all make ponies with the same and the GLI can’t help but feel ill-equipped for the modern age, if it gets the job done nicely.

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We managed some wheelspin in gear when planting our foot and you can hit 80 mph in third gear if so inclined, but there’s not much on the far side of the tach, despite horsepower arriving further in the rev range.

The other added benefit of the GTI’s drivetrain directly the Jetta is the inclusion of the XDS cross that’s engineered to reduce and thus, wheelspin to the inside through a corner. As with the the ABS-based system works, but flogging means brake comes on stronger than in with a mechanical torque-vectoring We also experienced momentary control engagement with the front loaded and the right over a crest.

That’s a product of an uneven (and untested) surface than an fault, but considering there’s no off for the traction control, it’s noting.

The other core bits, specifically the electrically steering, 15mm lower height and bolstered seats, are tuned to around-town runs and cruising than all-out assaults. Feel from the is above-average, if not overly communicative, and the do their best to hold you in unless your personal weight is on the malnourished side. On the of tonnage, the GLI with the six-speed comes in at 3,124 pounds, the DSG-equipped model slipping in over 3,150 pounds.


Compared to the GTI organ donor manual at 3,034 pounds and up to pounds for the five-door automatic), the increase is negligible.

Driving the GTI and GLI the suspension work performed on the combined with the extra 2.9 of wheelbase (101.5 vs. 104.4, made the GLI the more comfortable but at the expense of engagement. The extra over the rear provided by the hatch and the shorter space the wheels made it noticeably chuckable, with the rear ever-so-slightly and allowing the front to in quicker when adjusting the mid-corner.

The seating position in the GLI was exceptional in the GTI, and considering the utility of the hatch and the nominal rear seat passengers pay in the department (35.5 inches for the GTI and inches for the Jetta), only people-schleppers and hatch-haters would be served with the sedan.

we’re left with is an impression that Volkswagen has the 2012 Jetta GLI for people who want more. More more flash, more and an interior that doesn’t you retch. In that, they’ve

But what VW hasn’t made is a sports sedan. For those the Golf R despite its hatchback is the they’re after.

Yet for the masses, the GLI fits the bill. Like the Jetta before it, the GLI seems to some of what we appreciate on the but in exchange nets a total that’s more endearing to the buyer. While the GLI is closer to we want than the standard it’s still at least 20 and a stiffer suspension short of

And what bothers us more anything is that we know VW can it.

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