After about a thousand miles on the GLI, I thought I would write a quick review. I'll start by saying that I test-drove most small to midsized cars and this was my absolute favorite of the bunch.
The car is fun to drive. The handling and little turbo engine really go well together.
In addition, it comes completely loaded for under $30k (after a little negotiating).
The ride is a little stiff compared to other jettas, but the sport suspension will do that.
Also, I am about 6'6'' and can very comfortably drive this car.
Love the car.
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
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.
the GLI doesnt do anything absolutely perfect in its class,
but in my opinion, is best in class in terms of overall value.
the engine, 6spd manual and interior are all fantastic.
the exterior is above average and now with the LED lights, it looks good in my book.
Exterior could be slightly more aggressive, but not a deal breaker.
has plenty of room in back seat as well, and great trunk.
the practicality of this car is so good its silly.
if you are the kind of person that recognizes cars in this class will never be raced at a track, the balance of engine and chasis is perfect for day to day roads (with lots of potholes...).