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2012 Volkswagen GLI

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Very Classy looks, decent performance
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By steven KIM
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2012 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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for the price range, you can't touch the Jetta GLI for it's understated good looks, decent turbocharged performance which can be amped up to the Nth degree with mature aftermarket support, and the safe usability of a 4 door sedan in a medium gray. for the money, there is no other car with similar performance which has the looks to satisfy a craving for a german engineered, understated styling and clean logical interior layout. All cars that match or exceed the Jetta GLI's performance are garishly styled, and all other offerings from other German makers are loaded with unnecessary bits that price to nearly double that of the Jetta. You can get the same engine and tranny of this car in an A4 for almost twice the cost, and you know what, most people won't be able to tell you which was the more expensive car, it looks so fantastic. Everyone that has seen the car has remarked on what a great car it is for just under $16K for 22k miles! How did I even consider the car, let alone buy it? I own a 2010 VW GTI that has upgraded engine, tranny, suspension and braking (to substantially above stock MK7 Golf R levels, so apprx. 310 hp to the wheels, around the same torque to the wheels, 335mm front brakes upgrade, KW Variant 2 coilovers, and stage 3 endurance clutch and flywheel + a whole lot more). The GLI is staying stock until the Certified warranty runs out. Then we shall see... I had forgotten how this platform felt when it was stock - just adequate performance, but it's styled like the current A3 or a baby A4, and I happen to love the whole classic lines and severly dark interiors thing happening here. Reliability on my 6 year old MK6 GTI has been outstaning. If not on par with the best from the land of the rising sun, then at least nothing of the nightmare that VWs are made out to be. So yeah. Happy with purchase, and would buy again. I sort of think I benefitted from the whole Turbo Diesel emissions scandal that's rocking VWs boat right now. and honestly the prospect that would influence dealers to let the cars go at any price is what made me buy the car. It's true, I shopped Civic SIs against the GLI and the Hondas were consistently $3-4K more and the dealers playing much more hardball.


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VW 2012 GLI
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By sh2013
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2012 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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I was looking for a car a) Under 25k MSRP, b) Sedan c) sporty engine with a slick 6 speed d) independent suspension e) At least 30 +/- 2 MPG highway f) FWD with some form of LSD

Your options are slim - I ended up having to choose between an Si and a GLI (Focus is close). Main diff between the 2 is the engine/power band feel in day to day life - Free revving Nat Asp. Si vs. turbo 2.0T, low end torque vs. high end power. In the end, GLI has a better interior than current Si, I could not wait for re-designed Civic, which is out in the fall and VW had better financing.

If you plan to keep it for 100K, I recommend extra warranty.- Entitles you to lower APR's in some regions; check with dealer.


Best Features

a) People have historically criticized VW for their looks by calling the styling bland. As a person looking for a car that did not yell out "Look at my ride with hood air scoops (or) big rear spoilers", the VW styling was just right. Majority of current designs are adhering to the "Fluidic" theme with its overly curved shape and cacophony of character lines. In the midst of all this it was nice to find the GLI with its simple yet elegant design. I like the appearance kit and I would recommend it. b) 6 speed - I still maintain that Hondas have the best shifters in the segment but VW 6 speed is not far behind. c) Seats - Absolutely brilliant ! d) Engine - Wide power band and good acoustics


Worst Features

a) Brakes - Way too soft. I initially thought that with a few hundred miles, the feel would get better. But with close to 2k miles, the overall feel, stopping power is disappointing. b) Tires - Optional perf. tires would have been a plus. Civic Si offers it as an optional trim. c) Re-positioned armrest - I drive over 20K/year and it is important to have a good driving posn. Current fixed arm rest is a little further behind and for someone <6', it is hard to rest your arm on it with the best seat posn. d) Build quality - Not great! Roads I drive on are not great BUT 2 rattles after 2k miles is unacceptable ! e) Interior plastics - Gaze below the soft dash and the plastic is shocking !


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Great for what I need!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By vdubtsi
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2012 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

First off I have only had my new GLI for a month. Interior quality is much better than the standard Jetta models. The 6 speed m/t shifts smooth with long throws. The gearing is quite tall for a "performance" minded vehicle. Thankfully the 2.0TSI produces a flat torque curve to overcome the long gears. Fuel economy has been quite good so far with a combined average of 28.2 mpg. The ride handling balance is quite good with a nice firm ride and accurate steering. I'm 6'6" tall and have plenty of front leg space. Seats are firm and made for slender guys like myself. All in all good car for what it is!


Best Features

The fat, flat bottom steering wheel with multifunction controls. GLI models come with a full feature VW info lcd screen with vehicle setup. The engine sound whilst under hard acceleration. Good fuel economy and cruising range. Midrange power and torque. Touchscreen radio with SiriusXm. Good passenger space. Rear armrest with cupholder.


Worst Features

More power with shorter gearing. More places to store stuff in interior. Make HID lighting a option. GLI should have auto climate control with heated seats standard in all trim levels. Low front clip requires you to avoid parking near parking stops/curbs.


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