2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Originally ordered GLI Autobahn with Nav in Aug'11 when 2012 GLI was announced but that, in particular, and other GLI models were extremely difficult to be found. Car has done 8500 miles, and am overall quite satisfied with it. Had two main issues: bass spkr used to break even when played at normal sound levels, and rear attachment inside on top of right rear tire came off at 4000 miles making scrapping sound with tire when four people would sit. First issue was somewhat fixed by dealer, and second was completely fixed by replacing attachment under warranty. Of course not a BMW/Audi but an excellent value. Paid 29200 out of door including NJ sales tax. Car has performed very well.
Not acceleration of BMW 3 series due to comparatively less torque but very good power still with its 207 torque number.
Even though it has beautiful red brake calipers it is not a sports car. It is a very good performing "sporty" and functional (large trunk more than Accord's) with more rear leg room than pre 2012 3 series' and many other compacts. Love red stitching on black leatherette seating that is sporty but comfortable. Like big touchscreen for radio/music etc functions. Good A/C heating and sunroof window functionality.
Exterior design is too boxy and plain, and it should be improved. Much better interior quality compared with other Jetta models but still much hard plastic. Road noise, which is pronounced at highway speeds, needs to be reduced. Fender audio sound system can be made better as well.
Conclusion - Very good value and car-owning experience if you aspire for a bit exclusive German sporty but functional and affordable alternative.
2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan Autobahn PZEV 4dr Sedan w/Nav (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I really love my GLI -
it looks great, I get asked questions about it all the time and it gets second glances in parking lots and driving by. The 2.0 turbo engine is an absolute peach, don't be fooled by its relatively low power numbers, it pulls effortlessly. There are also a great variety of modifications available if thats your kind of thing. The DSG transmission takes some getting used to but it shifts extremely fast and smooth. The manual would be nice but it feels kind of rubbery. Ride comfort is OK. The car is a blast on the back roads with scalpel-precise steering. Great seats, decent interface, and a ton of trunk space make it practical as well. Overall very happy.
Sport steering wheel, red/black stitched leather seats, Fender sound system, keyless entry w/push button start, bluetooth audio, exterior styling, exhaust note, nimble handling, 18 inch wheels, mod-friendliness, DSG transmission, trunk space, heated seats, and smooth 2.0T engine.
2012 not available with bi-xenon headlights, 2013 is, interior plastics are a bit hard and harsh, the touchscreen interface and navigation are a bit basic, no traction control off button, and no power seats available.
2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan Autobahn PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I have owned several performance sedans through the years including a current generation Nissan Maxima SV with sport package, 07 'Civic SI, 05' Subaru Legacy GT Limited, Mazdaspeed 6.
I was able to grab this 12' GLI Autobahn for $23500 which is a steal honestly for what you get.
Coming from my SI, the GLI has way more torque and much better gas mileage while having equal handling, but with better interior materials.
I average 29mpg in mixed driving and on straight freeway trips usually see 34-35mpg and as high as 37mpg.
Had the APR stage 1 ECU update done and the car is a rocket now without even a dent in gas mileage.
Some interior plastics could be better but overall a great car!
2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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.
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
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 !
2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Bought My GLI over the Mini Cooper Clubman "S",
I Love the dynamic stability control (dsc), The DSC Transmission is what "sold Me" and Pushed me toward the GLI, and away from my favorite Car, Mini Cooper "s"..
Who Knew..BUT My Next Two door car will be 2020 John Cooper Works Coupe.
Another reason besides the DSC, is the cargo space I Needed, being a stay-at-home-dad, and the roomy back seat in the four door GLI, and the trunk cargo area....the Mini Clubman can't compare.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
I wanted and am use to driving a 6 speed, I decide after test driving both, the Automatic dynamic stability control (dsc), is Awesome in Sport Mode, I can't shift the gears this fast.
Add Xenon headlamps, and all wheel drive would be awesome.