2012 Volkswagen GLI Consumer Review: Great for what I need!

2012 Volkswagen GLI - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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Great for what I need!
By vdubtsi on


2012 Volkswagen GLI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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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By frank908
on 01/12/12 09:49 AM (PST)

Good review, but I hope you're British because Americans just sound silly using British words like whilst.

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