2013 Volkswagen GLI  -  $30,095

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $30,095
Base Invoice: $28,923
Destination Charge: $795
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn DSG Autobahn w/Nav PZEV *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 27 | City: 24 | Hwy: 32
Body Style: 4dr Sdn DSG Autobahn w/Nav PZEV *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: 6-speed DSG transmission w/Tiptronic & sport mode
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged TSI I4 engine


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

Model Highlights

Volkswagen's GLI was reintroduced in 2012, based on the all-new Jetta platform. Underneath the familiar Jetta body, the GLI has been tuned for performance, with a specialized sport suspension system as well as 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 2013. It makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque at just 1,700 rpm, which helps maximize 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 that automatic.

The GLI features a track-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension system, much like what's used on the GTI. Also carried over is 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: the GLI, GLI Autobahn and GLI Autobahn with Navigation. The GLI starts at $23,945, 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 $26,195 and 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 $28,200, featuring in-dash navigation, a backup camera, bi-xenon headlights and keyless entry with push-button start.

Model News

2013 Jetta GLI's receive a brand new launch control system on DSG equipped cars. The launch control uses the cars computer to find the perfect RPM for a quick getaway, deftly balancing engine power and wheel spin. Autobahn with Navigation-equipped Jettas also get rear backup cameras as well as bi-xenon headlights with LEDs for 2013.

Value Writeup

The GLI has always stood for inexpensive performance and is 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 such as the Subaru WRX and Honda Civic Si. But at just $24,000, it's the least-expensive European sports sedan on the market, and that gives it impressive value.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 (2012)

EPA Classification

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
32 (2012) MPG

Cruising Range - City
348.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
24 (2012) MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
27 (2012) MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
464.00 mi

Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
9.10 qts

Passenger Capacity

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

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

Base Curb Weight
3157 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

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

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

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.1 ft

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

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

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Maintenance Years

Maintenance Miles/km

2.0L turbocharged TSI I4 engine

6-speed DSG transmission w/Tiptronic & sport mode

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

18" Bathhurst alloy wheels -inc: black accents

225/40HR18 all-season tires

Pwr tilt/sliding sunroof

Sport body-color bumpers

Sport body-color side skirts

Chrome window trim

Black grille w/chome accents

Bi-Xenon headlights

LED tail lights

Front fog lamps

Body-color heated pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers -inc: heated washer nozzles

Body-color door handles

Fender premium 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, premium sound, subwoofer

Window diversity antenna

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

Bluetooth connectivity

RNS 315 navigation system

Comfort heated sport front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, pwr passenger seat recline, manual driver lumbar, height-adjustable 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

Leatherette 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 multi-function steering wheel -inc: wheel-mounted paddle shifters


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, push-button start/stop

Cruise control

Immobilizer theft-deterrent system

Climatronic auto climate control -inc: front vents, pollen filter

Rear window defroster

Soft-touch dashboard

Cooling glove box

Front/rear 12V pwr outlets

Leatherette door panel inserts

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) -inc: launch control, off button

Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams

LED daytime running lights

Dual front airbags w/passenger occupant detection

Driver & front passenger side thorax airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags

Rearview camera

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













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