2011 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- A new performance edition of the Jetta sedan is unveiled.
- The 2012 Jetta GLI is offered in three trim levels, including an Autobahn edition.
- Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual or DSG automatic with paddle shifters.
CHICAGO — Volkswagen is adding a sporty GLI variant to its Jetta family for 2012. The uplevel Jetta GLI goes on sale in May and comes in three trim levels, priced from $24,265, including a $770 shipping charge.
The new Jetta GLI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard; buyers can opt for a DSG automatic with paddle shifters. VW says the EPA has not yet officially certified the fuel economy, but the company expects the GLI to return 31 mpg with the manual and 32 with the automatic.
In addition to the basic Jetta GLI, VW is offering a GLI Autobahn ($26,315) with 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated leatherette seats and Fender audio system, as well as a range-topping GLI Autobahn with navigation ($27,215) that also bundles keyless access and push-button start.
Standard GLI hardware includes 17-inch alloy rims, four-wheel disc brakes with floating calipers and VW's XDS cross differential system.
Cloth bucket seats with red stitching are standard on the Jetta GLI, along with a flat-bottom sport steering wheel with red stitching and aluminum pedals, shift knob and accents.
Edmunds.com says: No more scintillating visually than the standard Jetta. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent