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2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn PZEV 4dr Sedan w/Navigation, Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I've really enjoyed this car for the last 2 years. I commute roughly 75 miles round trip for work, and almost have 30k miles on my car already. I've had no mechanical issues, but a bad door latch was replaced under warranty on the driver door at about 25k. I average about 31-32.5 mpg on a per tank basis depending on driving conditions for the week. The cold winters here in central NY are what cause the lower mpg numbers. I have averaged up to 35 or slightly better mpg on pure highway driving in good weather. City driving average mpg is usually around 27-28 mpg. Overall I'm pleased after almost 2 years of driving.
Excellent sound system for a $30k car. A comfortable car for a long work commute. A very fun car to drive when feeling spirited. Great passing power on the highway. A great sleeper car for those that want a fun sport sedan that doesn't look like a boy racer.
The stock Dunlop tires that come on the car leave some desire with regards to performance. A summer performance tire would be a better choice instead of all season as the car would never do well without winter tires where I live. The brakes could be a little bigger too. It's not that they don't do well, but a little more stopping power would just be better.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan PZEV 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I have had GTI (2000) and Passat (2001). This is my 3rd VW, and first one made in Mexico. This car has a lot of room. Trunk is huge. Engine has good power. DSG is love/hate. If you don't drive in commute traffic, you will love it. If you have a lot of stop/go, then DSG sucks. I manage to get 25mpg. It is not good for commute use, I sold it after 20 months with 19K.
Roomy car. Bluetooth streaming is standard.
Steering does not feel as good as GTI or Passat.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I have no idea what car the people at Edmunds were driving, but they are either insane or on the take. I have had my GLI for about 30 months, and I absolutely love it, and my only complaints are about some missing features (which are on the new cars, except for rain sensing wipers). Edmunds suggests that you consider other cars. Really? What, pray tell, can you buy LOADED for under 30K, that feels like a tight German sedan with a MANUAL tranny? The answer is NOTHING. For perspective, here are the cars in my past 1985 GTI, 1990 Corrado, BMW 330i, 2007 Audi A3, 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera and a sprinkling of SUV's. I sold my 911 because, frankly, the Audi was just more fun to drive and less
stressful. (yes, I know, not nearly as pretty). The GLI has the SAME engine, and and SAME gearbox, and feels pretty much the same, EXCEPT that it makes wonderful noises. It sounds so cool when you floor it. It may not be as blindingly fast as some of the other cars competing with it, but the power band is so perfectly positioned that the car always responds instantly. Freeway ramps? Forget it - the car is on fire whenever you need it to be. It handles like a champ and feels NOTHING like the lower-trim Jetta which has a completely different rear end. Is it worth the extra money? Yes, its a completely and totally different car, and I have not even driven a new one with the extra ten horses.
My only complaints about the car is that I wish that it came in AWD - but if they did that, there would be no reason to ever buy an A4. And on top of everything else, since I have bought this car I have seen FOUR of them. (I live in the most populous state in Union - NJ). This is a huge sleeper of a car, and Edmunds is dead wrong. Its practical, handles amazingly well, is a steal at 29K, has tons of space, , and to top it off its very rare. There are cars that do things better as another reviewer said, but all together, this car has NO competition. There is no other car to consider if you are looking at this. There is nothing that competes with it, if you want a german car with a manual.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Hard to find a manual transmission in a practical, affordable and sporty car these days. After 12k miles I'm still having a great time driving it, lots of fun to step on the gas and take it through the mtns. Actually a pretty big car inside and the trunk is huge. Not the fastest out there but for the price it can't be beat. Only been in for included scheduled maintenance, no squeaks or rattles and nothing annoying me yet. Seats are very comfortable even driving 800 miles in one day. Looks more grown up than most similar cars (civic si, focus st, mazdaspeed3) and flies under the radar for the most part. Torque really pulls you in second gear, thanks to vw for making an audi a4 I can afford!
Six speed manual, turbo motor, seats that hug you, flat bottom leather steering wheel, bluetooth streaming, alloy wheels and red brake calipers, up to 33 mpg highway and mid twenties in town
When I go to rest my elbow on the door arm rest it's a little farther away that I would prefer, same goes for center arm rest to a certain degree. I'm pretty thin so I would imagine it's not a problem for everyone. Cruise control is a little different but works ok.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
This is my thirteenth car ranging from an E-class to Suzuki Sidekick. With 1000 miles on my car to date, this is a great blend of fun, business and comfort. I need something able to accommodate 4 adults comfortable for work at times, capable of being fast and agile, and relaxing when I want to chill out. It offers all of that. The nav system could be better if it offered traffic alerts, but with all other amenities, I can live without it. For those who say it is not fast, I would recommend trying the manual. I have no issues at all with great German handling and speed in all gears.
Exterior, Alarm System, Manual Tranny
Nav System needs traffic
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Overall a great car w/over 4k miles! Downgrading from a Maxima I expected much less. I'm consistently getting 29-31 MPG on the highway. Awesome turbo-engine that makes a killer growling noise! Telematics is the best I've seen,..very sporty look inside & out! nice build quality is apparent upfront. BT/touchscreen radio is very good to not be the "premium" option. Love the red stitched seats and black bucket seats and you should know the AC blows really cold!! Nice chrome double-tipped exhaust.
Sporty look! Bluetooth connectivity is awesome, nice SD card slot too! Love the red themed interior lights especially at night. The infotainment sys rocks,.....really surprised how good of a job they did there. Doors have a nice solid feel to them and that front honey-comb grill is killer! Using the S-drive puts the car into beast mode at take-off. Not bad for a 4-cylinder. The trunk is misleading,...its really big.
Braking power could be better. HID's should be standard on at least all GLI's, can't believe they missed that, SMH.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan w/Navigation, Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Only 1000 miles the car, but so far very fun, comfortable and gets lots of looks. Navigation leaves a little to be desired, but all controls are simple to use and laid out very well. Getting about 28 mpg all around on semi spirited driving. Great on the highway, but watch those potholes with the low profile tires. I was very close to getting a Kia Optima SX-L, but the GLI cost less, was less to insure had a larger trunk and back seat, and had free scheduled maintenance. Hope my time with the car stays positive
DSG with the turbo, adaptive HID's, overall look with the lower stance and 18 inch wheels, great trunk and Fender/Panasonic audio system
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan w/Navigation, Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I have about 1k miles on my 2013 Jetta GLI and I am really enjoying this car. You can definitely feel the quality in this car when driving it, and it has plenty of room for an adult or car seat in the back. While you won't be blown away with power, it is still a quick car that packs enough punch for easy highway passing. One of the most addicting things about the car for me, is the great noise that comes from the turbo even at very low RPMs (1500ish). Overall, there is nothing that is superior to it's competitors, but it does everything very, very well.
Great Engine/Turbo noise.
Better view in side and rear view mirrors. High back seat head rests can make it difficult to see at times.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Big bang for the buck, fun to drive, German engineering, good fit and finish. A lot of car for under 30k. Comfortable interior for a sub-compact.
Makes driving fun! Red stitching on seats and wheel. Meaty steering wheel. Great fit and finish. German engineering. Large trunk. Backseat accommodates adults. Sporty (at least in GLI) without being a punishing ride. Good looking despite Hot Wheels inspired 18' wheels and somewhat pedestrian exterior.
TOO MUCH TIRE NOISE! Easy to swipe command button on wheel when driving which is maddening. Fender system only sounds great at higher volumes- flat at regular volume. No equalizer controls. Engine growl is an acquired taste.cant believe at almost 30k there is no auto on/off headlights.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan Autobahn 4dr Sedan w/Navigation, Prod. End 5/13 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I have a 2013 Gli Autobahn W/Nav my only complaint is the small screen but other then that the car comes with so many little toys for under 30k. Its very fun to drive and gets alooooot of attention, it turns heads. The tires that come with the car are HORRIBLE though. Wow really bad, no grip. The cars Leatherrette is very comftrable and the seats do hug you, the steering wheel is very awesome. I have a 2011 Porshce 911 turbo and the noise this little 2.0 tsi makes is comparible and AMAZING. It sounds like a baby AMG with a little porsche turbo/vtech TSSSS. Very good commuter car, I went to the dealer and drove everything they had this car just stood out i HAD TO BUY IT. Its Fantastic
-You can buy an APR chip for it and make it GO! with no harm to engine or anything. -Rims are awesome -
-Lights keep goin out. -Some minor glitches like the keyless entry will not work and it says on the screen that keyless needs to be serviced but that comes on and off -Tires are HORRIBLE DUNLOP SPORT ALL Season 01
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