The Jetta for drivers

Volkswagen announces details of the 2012 VW Jetta GLI.

2012 Volkwagen Jetta GLI
The GLI may look like any other Jetta, but it gets 200 horsepower from its turbocharged engine. Volkswagen

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.

2012 Volkwagen Jetta GLI
18-inch wheels come with the top-trim Autobahn edition GLI. Volkswagen
2012 Volkwagen Jetta GLI
Fully loaded, the Jetta GLI comes with navigation and a Fender audio system. Volkswagen

 

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