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2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Sedan

 
 
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Volkswagen Jetta GLI Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

  • The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the sportiest member of the Jetta sedan family, and although it's enjoyable, buyers looking for true performance will be better served by rivals, including VW's own GTI.

  • Safety | Reliability
  • Pros

    Lively, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine; spacious cabin; well-equipped; comfortable ride.

  • Cons

    Competitors are quicker and handle better; delayed throttle response with DSG transmission; high price compared to standard Jetta.

  • What's New for 2014

    The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets a 10-horsepower increase, the addition of Car-Net, VW's new telematics system, and some minor changes…

 
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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (10 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

What car were the edmunds

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Vehicle: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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




12k miles so far

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Vehicle: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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!




Great pick

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Vehicle: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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.



   
 
 
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  • 23
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  • 33
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Full 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets a 10-horsepower increase, the addition of Car-Net, VW's new telematics system, and some minor changes to equipment levels. To celebrate 30 years of the GLI, VW has also introduced an "Edition 30" trim level.

Introduction

Although it's sold as a separate nameplate, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is essentially the highest trim level of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan line and takes many of its sporty cues from its hatchback cousin, the VW GTI. Perhaps you're drawn to the 2014 Jetta GLI because a sedan more closely fits your needs or feels more grown up than a spritely hatchback. Unfortunately, the current GLI is not as entertaining to drive or as well trimmed as the GTI and is merely one of many quick sedans you might consider in this price range.

In its defense, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is still fun to drive. Thanks to its powerful turbocharged engine, precise steering and steady handling, the GLI will put a smile on your face more readily than the typical small sedan. But unless you simply have to have the best Jetta that VW makes, we're not convinced it's worth the extra money over the standard Jetta.

This is especially true now that Volkswagen is offering a new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine on regular Jettas. Mind you, the upgraded 2.0-liter turbo engine in the GLI is quite a bit more powerful than the new 1.8T, but once you're up and going, the cars' driving dynamics are largely the same. Both cars will be just as comfortable and quiet, and interior furnishings are the same. And both have a massive backseat and trunk.

Although we'd steer most consumers toward a four-door GTI hatchback, which is nearly as spacious and more engaging to drive, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI resides in a pretty unique niche: It's one of only a few small to midsize sedans with sporty aspirations, and that distinction alone sets it apart. If you're really after performance, though, the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan is much quicker and handles better around corners. The 250-hp 2014 Buick Verano Turbo is also worth considering, especially if you're looking for a sedan with a lower-key personality and a truly upscale interior.

Less powerful cars like the Acura ILX and 2014 Mazda 3 are also worth consideration on the basis of their enjoyable ride and handling characteristics. You could also consider a larger sedan like the Nissan Altima, which handles well for its size and is priced similarly. Overall, there's nothing gravely wrong with the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, but if you're looking for extra performance from an affordable small or midsize sedan, we'd suggest you drive a few of its competitors before making your decision.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is a four-door compact sedan available in base, Edition 30 and Autobahn trim levels.

Standard equipment on the base GLI includes 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, keyless entry, air-conditioning, full power accessories, heated mirrors, height-adjustable and power-reclining front sport seats with adjustable driver lumbar support, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, satellite radio, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod interface. Also standard on the GLI is Volkswagen's Car-Net telematics system.

The GLI Autobahn has 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, heated windshield-washer nozzles, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, automatic climate control, a cooling glovebox, heated front seats and leatherette vinyl upholstery and a premium nine-speaker Fender audio system.

The Edition 30 features 18-inch wheels (with a different design from the Autobahn's), a unique grille treatment, a sport-tuned suspension, the sunroof, the Fender audio system and special interior trim details. If you equip your GLI Autobahn or Edition 30 with the navigation system package, it will also come with a touchscreen navigation system with a rearview camera, bi-xenon headlights with Audi-like LED accent lights, and keyless ignition/entry.

A rear lip spoiler is optional for all GLIs, while black-painted 18-inch wheels are available for the base model.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Jetta GLI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 210 hp and 207 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automated manual, known as DSG, is optional.

In Edmunds performance testing, last year's 200-hp GLI with the manual gearbox sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. That time is a little slow for its class. This year's 10-hp increase probably won't affect 0-60 acceleration much, but once we test a 2014 Jetta GLI, we'll update this review.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway) with the manual and 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) with the DSG.

Safety

Every 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

VW's new Car-Net telematics system, standard on every GLI, includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows owners to set boundaries for secondary drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions on the go.

In government crash tests, the near-identical Jetta earned four out of five stars for front crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Jetta its best possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The Jetta received the second lowest rating of "Marginal" in the small-overlap frontal-offset crash test, though. But this test is relatively new and many of the cars tested have posted similarly low ratings.

In Edmunds brake testing, the GLI stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet. That's worse than average for a compact-to-midsize sedan with sporting pretenses, though keep in mind that our test car was equipped with all-season tires.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI's interior is pleasant enough, largely due to the upgrades over the regular Jetta, including some higher-quality materials. It's also pretty roomy -- the rear-seat area is large enough for full-size adults to sit comfortably. The 15.5-cubic-foot trunk is also one of the roomiest you'll find in this class. Should you need more cargo space, the split rear seat features a center pass-through and also folds down.

We like the available touchscreen stereo interface and its redundant dial knob, which is ideal for controlling a portable music player but placement is a bit clumsy. The associated navigation system, however, is a bit of a letdown due to the small screen and limited amount of display information.

Driving Impressions

You'll largely need to check your sport sedan aspirations when driving the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Although precise, the GLI's steering isn't particularly sharp when turning into corners, and the car's braking ability and overall cornering grip are both quite modest. If, however, you're simply looking for a livelier Jetta sedan, then the GLI is a solid upgrade. In addition, it's a good pick for a road trip, as ride comfort is excellent and the cabin is nicely sealed off from wind and tire noise.

The 2.0-liter turbo engine delivers a nice wallop of torque that makes the Jetta GLI feel peppy around town and on fast-moving highways. The engine has a nice soundtrack, too, and makes cool snarling noises that are especially noticeable when it's paired with the conventional six-speed manual. Our favorite of the two gearboxes, the manual is enjoyable to shift and remarkably easy to drive even when you're stuck in traffic. There's also a hill-hold feature on the manual, which keeps the car from rolling back when you're stopped on inclines.

Although the DSG is a great option for households where not everyone can deal with a conventional manual transmission (and a clutch pedal), it's not without its compromises. Most notably, in the transmission's default D mode, there's an annoying delay between when you press the gas pedal and the desired response, and this makes it difficult to drive the car smoothly in normal traffic situations. Switching to Sport mode quickens up the response time, but then the transmission becomes overly eager to downshift and wring out engine revs. Using the DSG's manual shift mode mitigates both issues somewhat, but it takes some of the convenience out of choosing the "automatic" option on the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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