2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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.
2012 Volkswagen GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Purchased 2012 VW Jetta GLI from Martin's VW in Washington, DC brand new in the summer of 2012. Experience started bad as we requested vehicle with electric start and navigation, upon waiting 3 weeks for the car to be delivered we didn't receive navigation or the electric start option. Upon confronting the deal he said we never requested those options. Due to needing a vehicle we just decided to take this car instead of waiting another 3 weeks. While owning the Jetta we were very pleased for the first 36,000 miles (conveniently as long as the warranty lasts). At around 38,000 miles the tires continually have begun to rapidly wear for reasons unknown, as we are not hard on the vehicle at all. At 40,000 miles the read seal and other items went out simultaneously which lead to a $3,600 maintenance bill at our mechanic. Then at roughly 42,000 miles our axles have begun to leak and has led to an additional $2,000 maintenance bill. Upon checking on Kelly's Blue Book to sell our vehicle which is in great condition, the resale value is currently roughly $12,000. Fuel economy on the car has begun to steadily decline as well during trips from Washington, DC to New York City, NY. Very disappointed since I was always under the impression that VW built solid cars, but after this experience will never own a VW again. Notice that all positive reviews regard this model in its early stages. If you're looking for a solid vehicle that will last upwards of 100,000 miles with just the average maintenance then VW is not for you. Please beware of owning a 2012 Jetta GLI for long...
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!