2013 Volkswagen Jetta Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Review: Autoblog


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 from the 2.0T is for sedan duty, with 200 coming on at 5,100 rpm and peak 207 pound-feet flowing from rpm and up. We spent about 20 minutes in the DSG (+ $1,100) and found it. fine. But as per (particularly in this segment), the is the driver’s choice even in traffic.

Clutch take-up is on the and light side, so puttering town doesn’t require a de France-honed left leg. The standard VW fare, with an knob and slightly long providing a choice of six forward Braking is handled by 12.3-inch front discs and 10.7-inch rear rotors, all of which add up to a linear pedal feel only began to fade two particularly torturous runs the Virginia hills outside North American headquarters.

the 2.0T continues to gain for its linearity and tunability, VW’s turbocharged four-pot is starting to its age, despite a recent Two hundred horsepower was plenty for a in 2005, but consider that the Kia Turbo. BMW’s new turbocharged and hell even the old Cobalt SS all more ponies with the displacement, and the GLI can’t help but somewhat ill-equipped for the modern even if it gets the job done

We still managed some in second gear when our right foot and you can hit 80 mph in third if you’re so inclined, but there’s not happening on the far side of the tach, peak horsepower arriving along in the rev range.

The other benefit of swapping the GTI’s directly into the Jetta is the of the XDS cross differential that’s to reduce torque and thus, to the inside wheel through a As with the GTI, the ABS-based works, but constant flogging brake fade comes on than in something with a torque-vectoring diff.

We also momentary traction control with the left front and the right coming over a That’s more a product of an (and likely untested) than an engineering fault, but there’s no off switch for the traction it’s worth noting.

The core driver bits, the electrically assisted steering, lower ride height and seats, are more tuned to runs and freeway cruising all-out tarmac assaults. from the wheel is above-average, if not communicative, and the seats do their to hold you in place, unless personal curb weight is on the side.

On the topic of tonnage, the GLI with the manual comes in at 3,124 with the DSG-equipped model in just over 3,150 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.

What we’re left is an overall impression that has made the 2012 Jetta GLI for who just want more. power, more flash, amenities and an interior that make you retch. In that, succeeded. But what VW hasn’t is a real sports sedan.

For people, the Golf R despite its is the what they’re after.

Yet for the the Jetta GLI fits the bill. the standard Jetta before it, the GLI to leave some of what we on the table, but in exchange nets a package that’s more to the average buyer. While the GLI is to what we want than the Jetta, it’s still at 20 horses and a stiffer suspension of ideal.

And what bothers us than anything is that we VW can deliver it.

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