INTRO: Sidelined for two years, the Volkswagen GLI reemerges in 2012 as the all-new GLI 5-passenger compact sedan. Offered in Base and Autobahn trims, the GLI couples Jetta practicality with the sporty feel of the GTI.
FEATURES: With Jetta underpinnings, the GLI presents noteworthy interior refinement. A convenient touchscreen interface controls the Premium VIII audio system; while rally inspired front bucket seats complement the sport tuned GTI-based suspension.
PERFORMANCE: Power for the GLI comes from a turbocharged 2-liter inline-4 cylinder engine sending 200 horsepower to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed direct shift gearbox.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 Volkswagen GLI is $23,495. An Autobahn model with the direct shift gearbox and navigation starts at $27,545. The GLI is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: The 2012 Volkswagen GLI brings back a proven formula that blends compact economy with sport-tuned performance for a whole new kind of ride.