Last year VW released its new Jetta, a car designed with the kind of boring nature that would appeal to Camry buyers. But now VW has a new version of the Jetta, this one built for the 1 percent of us who like to drive.
Sporting a turbocharged 2-liter engine, the new Jetta GLI gets propelled by 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or VW's dual-clutch DSG transmission.
Most importantly, VW reworked the suspension. Where the lower-trimmed Jettas get rear drum brakes, the GLI gets discs. For the GLI, VW replaced the torsion beam with a multilink suspension in the rear. The top-trim GLI, the Autobahn edition, gets 18-inch wheels.
The new GLI does not look much different from a standard Jetta, and the cabin appointments are similar. In its top trim, the GLI gets a decent flash-drive navigation system, a Bluetooth phone system, iPod integration, and an audio system from guitar maker Fender.
A 2012 model, the base Jetta GLI goes for $23,495, while the top-trim Autobahn with navigation and the Fender audio system is priced at $26,445.