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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
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    Official: Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept unveiled in Beijing
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    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 ...

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    Teased: VW teases mini CC four-door coupe concept for China
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    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 ...

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    New York: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is new, we promise
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    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 ...

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    Official: 2015 VW Jetta gets official just ahead of NYC reveal
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    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 ...

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    Exclusive: VW Jetta refresh coming later this year, SportWagen to become Golf model
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    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 ...

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    SEMA: VW flaunts seventh-gen Golf, two Jettas and 425 hp from 2.0 liters
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    Volkswagen brought just three vehicles to SEMA this year (compare that to Ford's 57 show cars): two Jettas and a Golf. Both Jettas showcase the automaker's new turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder engines - one of which is heavily modified - and the Golf is the first seventh-generation model tuned in North America (it launches here next year). The Golf ...

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    Official: VW reveals customized turbo Jettas for SEMA
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    While you're bound to see more American and Asian cars at SEMA than you will European ones, Volkswagen stands as a notable exception. This year VW is showcasing its new EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engines with a pair of customized Jettas. First up is the Racers Dream in Black and White, a Jetta sedan fitted with the new 2.0-liter turbo four and ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #327
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    New York Auto Show, Jim Farley interview, 2014 Chevrolet Silverado fuel economy, Ford fuel economy app challenge Episode #327 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about this year's New York Auto Show, Chevrolet's latest assault in the pickup truck fuel economy battle, and Ford's reward for developing a ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Golf Wagon leaked ahead of official unveiling
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    Wagons ho! These three images of the upcoming Volkswagen Golf Wagon have leaked online ahead of the car's official debut, which may very well be at the Geneva Motor Show. Looking over the photos doesn't really bring any surprises – after all, this is a VW Golf with a wagon rear end grafted on, or basically what we expect next Jetta SportWagen will ...

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    Detroit: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid debuts with projected 45 mpg combined rating
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    The lithium-ion battery in the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid may be small (just 1.1 kWh), but it can pack a punch big enough to move the gas-electric to speeds up to 44 miles per hour using nothing but electrons. Throw in a combined estimated fuel efficiency rating of 45 miles per gallon and a class-leading 0-60 time of 9.0 seconds, and you've got a green ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid headed for Detroit, coupe hopes dead
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    Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City and sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012. Reports claim the Jetta Hybrid ...

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    Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid headed for Detroit, but coupe hopes dead
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    Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City with the intent to sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012. Reports claim the ...

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    Chicago 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI starts at $23,495
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    Volkswagen has brought its latest iteration of the new-for-2011 Jetta – the turbocharged GLI – to this year's Chicago Auto Show, and we're quickly falling in love with the Autobahn-ready VW. The Jetta's already handsome (if decidedly sedate) looks are emphasized by larger 18-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive front fascia and smoked ...

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    Chicago 2011: Volkswagen debuts turbocharged 2012 Jetta GLI, priced from $23,495
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    When Volkswagen first debuted the new-for-2011 Jetta sedan, we were told that a total of four engine choices would be available. The standard Jetta makes use of the naturally aspirated 2.0- and 2.5-liter mills, as well as the much-loved 2.0-liter TDI powerplant. The final engine in this set – Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter four – now ...

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    Patents filed for Volkswagen Jetta Coupe
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    Take a look at what Carscoop's managed to dig up. It seems Volkswagen's been busy securing patents for its New Compact Coupe. Do these filings mean Volkswagen is seriously considering the addition of a Jetta Coupe to the lineup? Probably. After all, the coupe concept VW teased us all with last winter looked very production-ready, and it was quite ...

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    Detroit 2010: Volkswagen Compact Coupe blends sport with hybrid
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    The Volkswagen Touareg hybrid is now just a few months away from production, and the crew in Wolfsburg is also staying busy cranking out small concept vehicles with hybrid powertrains. The latest, debuting this morning here at the Detroit Auto Show, is the New Compact Coupe (NCC), a handsome hybrid coupe that looks remarkably production-ready. Designed ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #156
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    Editor Chris Paukert has apparently been bitten by the podcasting bug, and he once again joins Shunk and Roth for Episode #156 of the Autoblog Podcast. We dive right in to reminiscence about the recently finished Los Angeles Auto Show. Moving on from there, we talk about Audi's new A7 Sportback and its extreme gorgeousness, as well as the new A8 and all ...

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    Chicago 2009: Jetta TDI wins Motor Week's Drivers Choice "Best of Year" Award
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    The Jetta TDI has won the Popular Mechanics' Automotive Excellence Award, the Green Car Journal's 2009 Green Car of the Year and, today in Chicago, Motor Week's Driver's Choice Award for the "Best of the Year." Not a bad four months for the German diesel. The car also took home Motor Week's "Best Eco-Friendly" title, while the Honda Fit won for "Best ...

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    Jetta TDI, Benz ML320 BlueTEC finalists for 2009 North American Car/Truck of the Year
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    The 2009 Green Car of the Year, the Jetta TDI, could also be named the 2009 North American Car of the Year. After winning the top honor in LA a month ago, the Jetta TDI joins the Ford Flex and the Hyundai Genesis as finalists for the NACOTY award that will be handed out at the start of the Detroit Auto Show next month. The diesel love extends to the North ...

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    LA 2008: Green Car of the Year is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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