2012 Volkswagen GLI  -  $24,515


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $24,515
Base Invoice: $23,565
Destination Charge: $770
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man PZEV
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 26 | City: 22 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man PZEV
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged TSI I4 engine

Pros

High-end options and feel in a small package, powerful engine, superb handling


Model Highlights

Volkswagen's GLI returns as an all new model for 2012, based on the all-new Jetta platform. Underneath the familiar Jetta body, the GLI has been tuned for performance, with a specialized sporty suspension system and some tech items lifted from the popular GTI. Volkswagen says the GLI is the most differentiated Jetta model ever made by the company, offering aggressive performance in an easy-to-live-with package.

A turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder is the only engine offered on the GLI for 2012. It makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque at just 1,700 rpm, which helps improve response and drivability. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but Volkswagen also offers an optional 6-speed DSG automatic, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Volkswagen says the powertrain should be good for 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG automatic.

The GLI features a track-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension system much like what's used on the GTI, as well as the GTI's XDS differential system, which helps limit inside wheelspin under hard cornering. Four-wheel disc brakes with red calipers are standard across the line, all of which add up to much sharper handling and road feel than what's offered on other Jetta models.

Standard safety equipment includes driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers. Other features include electronic stability control, tire pressure monitors, and Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically cuts power to the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and turns on the 4-way hazard lights in certain types of accidents.

Three GLI trims are available for 2011: the GLI, GLI Autobahn and GLI Autobahn with Navigation. The GLI starts at $23,495, and features cloth sport seats with red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a 6.5-inch touchscreen stereo with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and one-touch power windows on all four doors. The GLI Autobahn is priced at $25,545 and it takes the package one step further, offering 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a Fender sound system, dual-zone climate control and heated V-Tex leatherette seats. The premium-level GLI Autobahn with Navigation is offered at $26,445, featuring in-dash navigation, as well as keyless entry with push-button start.


Model News

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.


Value Writeup

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.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2

EPA Classification
Compact

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
319.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
22 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
26 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
478.50 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/121

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700-5000

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.98

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81

Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.55

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68-2.92

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140

Total Cooling System Capacity
9.1 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
94.1 ft³

Front Head Room
38.2 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.2 in

Second Head Room
37.1 in

Second Leg Room
38.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
53.6 in

Wheelbase
104.4 in

Length, Overall
182.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.0 in

Height, Overall
57.2 in

Track Width, Front
60.1 in

Track Width, Rear
60.4 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.9 in

Trunk Volume
15.5 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3124 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
225/45R17H

Rear Tire Size
225/45R17H

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.1 ft

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.3 x 1.0 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.7 x 0.4 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Years
3

Maintenance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Note
Carefree Maintenance Program

2.0L turbocharged TSI I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission -inc: cable shift, clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch

Front electronic differential lock (EDL)

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Multi-link rear suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic pressurized gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Sport suspension tuning

Pwr rack & pinion steering

Front/rear disc pwr brakes -inc: red calipers

Dual exhaust tips

17" alloy wheels

225/45HR17 all-season tires

Sport body-color bumpers

Sport body-color side skirts

Chrome window trim

Black grille w/chome accents

Dual-reflector halogen headlamps

Darkened taillights

Front fog lamps

Body-color heated pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Premium VIII AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: (6) speakers, touch-screen, MP3/WMA readability, media device interface (MDI), SD memory card reader, iPod adapter cable, aux input, anti-theft coding

Window diversity antenna

SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: 3-month complimentary subscription, roof-mounted antenna

Bluetooth connectivity

6-way manual sport front bucket seats -inc: manual driver lumbar, rear-impact optimized height-adjustable locking head restraints, red stitching accents

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: center armrest w/pass-through, height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, red stitching accents

Cloth seating surfaces

Front center armrest -inc: storage compartment

(2) front cup holders

Sport pedals

Sport door sills

Carpeted front/rear floor mats

Tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, outside temp, seatbelt reminder, fuel cap seal indicator, warning lights, digital clock, white & red illumination, headlights-on warning tone, compass

Trip computer -inc: trip time, trip length, average trip speed, average trip fuel consumption, current fuel consumption, miles to empty

Pwr windows -inc: 1-touch auto up/down, pinch protection, key-operated open/close feature

Pwr door locks -inc: auto-lock, front/rear central locking controls, auto-unlock upon airbag deployment

Remote keyless entry -inc: (2) remote transmitter key fobs, rear trunk release, panic button

Cruise control

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Manual air conditioning -inc: front vents, pollen filter

Rear window defroster

Soft-touch dashboard

Front/rear 12V pwr outlets

Chrome accents

Cloth door panel inserts

Front/rear door panel armrests

Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Assist handles -inc: (2) front, (2) rear

Leather-wrapped shift knob & sport handbrake grip

Fully carpeted/lined luggage compartment

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Hydraulic brake assistant (HBA)

Electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD)

Anti-slip regulation (ASR)

Engine braking assist (EBA)

Hill hold control (HHC)

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams

Daytime running lights

Dual front airbags w/passenger occupant detection

Driver & front passenger side thorax airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

3-point safety belts in all seating positions -inc: emergency locking retractors (ELR), front pretensioners w/load limiters, front height adjustment

Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Child safety rear door locks

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Collapsible steering column

Trunk escape handle

 
DEEP BLACK METALLIC
$0

 
CANDY WHITE
$0

 
TORNADO RED
$0

 
PLATINUM GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
FROST SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
TITAN BLACK, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
APPEARANCE KIT
$520

 
18" "MOTORSPORT" BLACK ALLOY WHEELS W/ALL-SEASON TIRES
$2,199

 
LIP SPOILER
$375

 
MAT KIT
$235

 
LUGGAGE NET
$140


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