By David Thomas on February 8, 2011
The new Volkswagen Jetta has sure sparked debate online regarding its somewhat downmarket interior appointments, but there’s no denying the new model has been a strong seller with a solid value statement.
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Not surprisingly, VW is adding a performance version, called the GLI, just as it did with the previous generation. Like the standard Jetta, the entire car is brand new, save the powertrain. The same 200-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder powers this GLI that powered the last GLI.
It’s a peppy package, and the previous model delivered a fun driving experience. The 2012 will start at $23,495, which is less than the last time it was offered as a 2009; that GLI started at $24,770. Highway mileage is expected to be 31 mpg with the manual transmission and 32 mpg with the DSG.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David