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Old 02-09-2011, 10:26 AM
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GLI Debut

Volkswagen’s redesigned Jetta sedan is a newcomer to dealer showrooms in the United States and Canada, but now the German automaker has revealed its hopped-up GLI model for those seeking a bit more get-up-and-go from their V-Dub.

While many – including Leftlane - were a bit disgruntled to see the level of decontenting applied to the 2011 Jetta, the sport-oriented GLI model promises a fair amount of recontenting.

First things first, when it comes to the GLI it truly is a significantly unique vehicle compared to the standard Jetta, and those differences which come in the form of additions are reflected in the roughly $8,000 increase in base price. The Jetta GLI will come in three flavors, starting with the standard GLI that carries an MSRP of $23,495, followed by the GLI Autobahn which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated V-Tex leatherette seats and a Fender-branded audio system for $25,545.

The range-topping GLI is the GLI Autobahn with Navigation, which adds VW’s RNS-315 navigation system, key;ess entry and push-button start – and starts at $26,445.

Jetta GLI – more power, better handling
Taking its drivetrain from the Volkswagen GTI, the GLI will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG transmission, the Jetta GLI should hit 60 mph in just under seven seconds regardless of gearbox. The DSG comes with steering wheel-mounted paddles for sequential-style shifting and rev-matched downshifts.

VW says the EPA is not yet done evaluating the GLI, but thanks to the vehicle being lighter than the previous GLI, highway fuel economy is expected to come in at 31 for the manual and 32 with the DSG automatic.

Some of the biggest changes come to the Jetta GLI’s suspension, however. While lesser Jettas now make do with a simple twist-beam rear axle for 2011 (previously, all Jettas had a fully independent suspension), the GLI gains a four-link independent rear suspension with an upgraded anti-roll bar. The Jetta GLI also add upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes which the automaker points out come in shiny red paint.

GLI-specific style
Outside, the Jetta GLI surprisingly forgoes the GTI’s front fascia with its trademark red styling. Instead, the front of the GLI is defined by two prominent horizontal lines across the top and bottom of the grille, which combined with the trapezoidal headlights help create a distinct look.

Out back, the GLI has a special rear diffuser and a small lip spoiler, as well as smoked taillights.

Inside, the GLI features sport bucket seats with red stitching and a sport flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, the GLI logo and aluminum accents. The overall interior styling consistently follows the sporty exterior lines of the car. The Jetta GLI is available in cloth or V-Tex Leatherette and also features alloy pedals, shifter, dash and door trim.

To increase versatility, the rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds. The trunk can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch.

Jetta safety
The Jetta GLI includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety including electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring and Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response System, which initiates automatic safety protection in some types of collisions — the electrical supply to the fuel pump is shut off, the doors unlock and the hazard lights switch on.

As part of the equipment package, the Jetta GLI also features driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and Side Curtain Protection airbags in front and rear.

The GLI is only the second in several iterations of the sixth-generation (Mark VI) Jetta VW has planned; a hybrid is due later in 2011 as a 2012.
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can't really tell the difference on the outside. I think all their models look too similar on the outside. Audi is the same way now too. It's hard to differentiate s4 from the a4. But that interior is freaking mint
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When are they planning on bumping HP/TQ on the 2.0L for VW's?
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When are they planning on bumping HP/TQ on the 2.0L for VW's?
It's as it's always been. When you buy the 2.0T, just keep $600 bucks aside and drive from the dealer (or in some cases stay at the same dealer) to the local APR guy, and get a flash....instant power!
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It's as it's always been. When you buy the 2.0T, just keep $600 bucks aside and drive from the dealer (or in some cases stay at the same dealer) to the local APR guy, and get a flash....instant power!
I know, but warranty....
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I know, but warranty....
There are no issues with a stage 1 flash.
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Didn't know that.

Trying to convince the wide to dump the Golf when the lease is up so we get into a GTI but I think having a trunk makes much more sense for us. But she wants to keep it. We'll see.
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Didn't know that.

Trying to convince the wide to dump the Golf when the lease is up so we get into a GTI but I think having a trunk makes much more sense for us. But she wants to keep it. We'll see.
Yea, you can turn the program off and on from stock to APR upgrade.

You can also lock-out anyone from "knowing" that you have an ECU upgrade.

You can also erase all engine fault codes as well.

Ya see.....there really are not any warranty issues

...but really at the end of the day, APR 's products have been pretty bullet-proof. They work closely with VAG, and have a very good reputation for high quality and they standby their products.
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better, but still meh....


IMO, the Jetta lost its mojo after the Jetta IV. The non-chrome stripped 2001-2002 Jetta GLX VR6 was the pinnacle of the Jetta in the U.S. (again, IMO). The tidy masculine design, the 17" Long Beach wheels, the torque-rich VR6, the classy Audi-esque interior =

I had a 2001 GLS VR6 and eventually sold it to my mother who likes to call it her mini-Audi. It's still going strong.
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If these cars can get increased horsepower so easily from a flash that doesn't even void warranty, why not offer something similar stock?

Which autoshow was this at? Did you take the pictures/see it for yourself, Moog? How was the interior? It looks great from the photos, but apparently isn't so great quality-wise.

Looks like this bad boy and the Civic Si will be sharing last place in the power department in their class. Oh, how the mighty have fallen
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^^ Not my pics....they are from Chicago show.
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Toronto AutoShow is next week, gonna try and sit in it and see if the interior is really as bad as they say it is.
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interior looks so good. I love it. Steering wheels is just pure sex. I love how you can just go to the dealership and get warrantied power.
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Toronto AutoShow is next week, gonna try and sit in it and see if the interior is really as bad as they say it is.
The GLI apparently has a upgraded interior compared to the regular Jetta. Apparently much more soft touch plastics.
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^^ From what I gather, it has the GTI Mk VI high-end interior.
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l always liked VWs because they seemed to stand out in the crowd.

This just seems to blend in too much, or rather too grown up looking. Hopefully its still fun to drive!
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Didn't know that.

Trying to convince the wide to dump the Golf when the lease is up so we get into a GTI but I think having a trunk makes much more sense for us. But she wants to keep it. We'll see.
My dealer flashed my Rabbit. APR is fully covered under warranty if done at the dealer.
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^^ From what I gather, it has the GTI Mk VI high-end interior.
Always has, always will.
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$25k is not bad at all for a GLI.

Ecept I don't think this is equal to the MkV for some reason. This should be a $30k car.

Which makes me concerned the MkVII GTI is going to be be messed with as well.

That said, I'd still buy a MKVI GLI over a Focus because it'll be about the same price.
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This just seems to blend in too much, or rather too grown up looking. Hopefully its still fun to drive!
Aside from that new gorgeous interior, the previous generation GLI just looks better.

When I test drove the new Jetta, it felt like VW had cheapened the car altogether IMHO. A used Passat was just a much better buy.
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That said, I'd still buy a MKVI GLI over a Focus because it'll be about the same price.
At this rate, the Focus might have a better interior than the Jetta...
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I've always wondered. How does the GLI compare to the GTI?

They are running the same engine set up, but what about suspension set up? And I'm not talking about types of suspension, because thats only a piece to the puzzle. Do they adjust the spring and damper settings to make the cars drive the same?

I've always been fond of the GTI. I'd take a GTI anyday over the GLI. Looks better, and has more heritage. I think
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A sign of more things to come?
Confirming earlier rumors, the Jetta GLI does include an upgraded interior pulled from the European-specification Jetta. That doesn’t mean its appearance changes, but the Jetta GLI does come with a soft-touch dashboard, automatic climate control, a multi-color trip computer display and, rumor has it, more sound deadening.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/volkswagen-jetta-gli.html

Well done VW....well done!
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At this rate, the Focus might have a better interior than the Jetta...
It won't be close. The Focus interior is much better than the MkVI Jetta.

The new Focus ST looks fantastic though ... And with 250 horses too. But I think it's hatch only.
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The GLI isn't a bad looking car ... It's just not what we're used to from VW.

But in contrast to the Civic, Corolla, etc that it goes up against I think the GLI is still unique in the class.
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We need a Jetta R!!!!
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We need a Jetta R!!!!
A 270hp AWD Jetta? Where do I sign up?
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hmm.. I usually love VW products but surprisingly not this one. Looks a little too bland outside..
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We need a Jetta R!!!!

Why? When you can have the golf R!!!
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Way too bland. I miss the GLI from a couple gens back...

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I'm liking this new GLI. I sure wish Honda would build a competitor to this. The ricer boy Civic Si might be cool the the www.VTEC.yo crowd, but the gutless 139 lb-ft is tiring.

Honda, build a Civic with some torque like the GLI, give it a classy interior with some upscale dash materials like this GLI.
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Guess you haven't heard that the 12 Si is getting the K24 good for at at least 170 lb-ft. Not sure if that's enough torque for you.
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Guess you haven't heard that the 12 Si is getting the K24 good for at at least 170 lb-ft. Not sure if that's enough torque for you.
Yeah, kinda weak in my opinion. The GTi and GLi have 207 lb-ft at 1600rpm.

I'm guessing the Civic will still be in the 5K rpm range before you feel any power.

Then there is the mpg of the highstrung Si type engine. Not good.
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