Skip to main content

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

The Jetta We've Been Waiting For The motoring press hasn't had the greatest of relationships with the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. When the sedan debuted, critics slammed the newest generation as a Walmart interpretation of a model many of us had grown up loving. The nicer-than-expected materials, playful handling and quiet cabin had all been scrapped in favor of a bargain basement price tag wrapped in styling as risky as sunblock in summer. The machine simply felt like the latest casualty of the Volkswagen campaign to become the world's largest automaker. To make matters worse, buyers didn't... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
200 HP / 207 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed DSG
MSRP:
$26,484 as tested
  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Report: Chinese protesting VW recall fix nationwide
    1414673040

    This is unquestionably the year of the recall in the United States with an estimated 544 campaigns so far (and counting) that cover around 52 million cars. The repairs are almost starting to seem normal at this point, but apparently the same can't be said for China. That country's buyers are protesting Volkswagen for its handling of one recent safety ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Recalls: VW recalls 1.1M Jetta, Beetle models in US, China over suspension fears
    1413582300

    Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 400,602 examples of its 2011-2013 Jetta and 41,663 units of the 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible. According to Reuters, the recall ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Video: Twin-engine 14-cylinder VW Jetta exists because it can
    1412708400

    Bravo to people with a crazy idea and enough time to actually make it a reality. Without them, we would never see insane creations like this one. This builder took a Volkswagen Jetta with a VR6 up front (already a good place to start), chopped out the rear seats, put in a roll cage and mounted a W8 engine back there. To make it all work together, he ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: Lamando is Chinese for VW Jetta CC [w/video]
    1409518680

    Volkswagen is not messing around when it characterizes its new MQB architecture as modular. It's already underpinning the VW Golf, Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia, and will soon form the basis for many more. And here is the latest. Unveiled at the Chengdu Motor Show in China this weekend is the new Volkswagen Lamando, a four-door coupe similar in ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    2015 VW e-Golf coming to ZEV states for $35,445* this November
    1408980600

    Is $6,465 too much to get someone thinking about buying a Nissan Leaf to opt for the Volkswagen e-Golf instead? That's the price difference between the current EV sales champion, which now starts at $28,980, and the just-announced price for the e-Golf, which will sell for $35,445 in the US when it arrives in about ten states (basically, the ZEV states ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: Get ready to Camino-ize your fourth-generation VW Jetta with this kit
    1407270000

    Inexpensive, small pickup trucks used to be everywhere in the US, whether they were from Japanese brands like Datsun or Toyota, the truly weird Subaru Brat or even from Europe with the Volkswagen Caddy based on the Golf. These days that market has completely disappeared, but if you're willing to pick up some tools to build your own, there's a company out ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Recalls: VW announces recall of 26,000 2014 models with 1.8T engines
    1398172500

    Volkswagen has followed up on a stop-sale order from earlier this month, announcing a voluntarily recall of 26,400 vehicles that are powered by the brand's 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new mill replaced the despised 2.5-liter five-cylinder in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible last year. Weirdly, though, of the 26,452 ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept unveiled in Beijing
    1397965500

    This is the New Midsize Coupe in the metal, and as a demonstrator of the versatility of the Modular Transverse Matrix platforms, Volkswagen says it's what "customers all over the world can look forward to over the next few years." Wider than a Passat, shorter and lower than a Jetta and weighing less than a Jetta, these are the cues a sport sedan on the ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Teased: VW teases mini CC four-door coupe concept for China
    1397736000

    In the years before Volkswagen would admit that its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant would build the Passat, it referred to the vehicle the New Midsize Sedan. The sketch above is of sleek four-door called the New Midsize Coupe concept, to be introduced shortly at the Beijing Motor Show, but it warps the dimensions along the Passat-Jetta continuum: it's about ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    New York: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise
    1397688000

    Look closely, kids – you're staring at the face of a refreshed Volkswagen Jetta. Yeah, it's hard to tell, what with the only noticeable changes consisting of slightly updated headlamps and taillamps, and some other aerodynamic tweaks. But the big news for the 2015 Jetta is what you can't see. For starters, there's a new version of Volkswagen's ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: 2015 VW Jetta gets official just ahead of NYC reveal
    1397487540

    Volkswagen has offered up the lightest of refreshes on its Jetta for 2015, making subtle styling tweaks to the front, rear and interior while adding a few doses of new equipment. One of the biggest tweaks is the new, 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is now more efficient, returning 45 miles per gallon on the freeway (compared to 42 mpg on the 2014 model) while ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Report: VW orders stop-sale on four models for leaky transmission
    1397073480

    Volkswagen has issued a stop sale on several models in the US while the automaker waits for parts to repair a transmission fluid leak. About 25,000 cars with the EA888 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are covered under the stoppage, which includes models of the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible. All of the affected ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Report: Porsche 911 with VW turbodiesel prepares for LeMons assault
    1395439380

    LeMons racing is a wonderful example that setting limits can actually breed creativity. The series mandates that all entries must cost $500, not counting safety equipment, and that cap forces teams to be ingenious in how they build a racecar. Take for example this diesel-powered Porsche 911, which its creators have dubbed Ferkel the Nein-11, that will be ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: VW confirms new TDI for second half of 2014 in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle
    1395180000

    Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014. While it shares its moniker with the old diesel, ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Report: Remember when C-segment cars were supposed to be hot stuff? Yeah, about that...
    1394479800

    What do the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta all have in common? Well, actually, lots. They are all four-door sedans that fall into the so-called C-segment, and they are all trending downward in sales. This data comes courtesy of Wards Auto, and, while not all such vehicles are down – ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #369
    2015 Porsche Macan Turbo, Scion FR-S and Toyota GT86 sales, Ford Sync moves to QNX, Head-Up Displays 1393364700

    Episode #369 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Michael Harley talk about the 2015 Porsche Macan, what slow global sales of the Toyota GT86 may mean for performance upgrades, Ford moving to BlackBerry's QNX platform for the next version of Sync, and a possible new wave of head-up displays. We start with what's in ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Exclusive: VW Jetta refresh coming later this year, SportWagen to become Golf model
    1391726700

    Volkswagen is finally set to launch its seventh-generation Golf family in the States this year, but the German automaker's stalwart Jetta sedan will be getting some love, as well. For the 2014 model year, Volkswagen launched a new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine in its Jetta (and Passat). But here at the Chicago Auto Show, Vinay ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE
    New Engine Makes Brand's Best-Seller Better Than Ever 1390409820

    In spite of a recent hiccup in sales that's led to the departure of Volkswagen of America CEO Jonathan Browning, the brand behind Das Auto says its metrics have improved everywhere else. According to the charts we were shown during a recent drive of the brand's lineup, its US sales have doubled in four years, the dealer network is growing, VW was ranked ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: VW Jetta TDI Value Edition drops price of diesel ownership to $21,295*
    1389198060

    Getting a new diesel-powered car just got a bit easier. Volkswagen has announced a new Jetta TDI Value Edition for 2014 that trims over $2,000 off the starting price of a Jetta TDI, making the most affordable diesel-powered car in America even more so. Prices start at $21,295 (*plus $820 for destination) for a Value Edition with a six-speed manual ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Jetta
    Official: VW Jetta GLI turns 30, celebrates with special edition model
    1387579440

    It was 1984 when the Volkswagen GTI powertrain was combined with a trunk in the form of the Jetta GLI. To mark the 30th anniversary, starting next year Volkswagen will only be offering the GLI Edition 30 (click image above to enlarge), distinct from the current 2014 on sale by details like 18-inch "Laguna" wheels, a decklid spoiler and Edition 30 badging ...

Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle