2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Photo

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - Review


out of 10

The latest Volkswagen Jetta didn't do much to appeal to enthusiasts in its first model year, but with 2012, the VW Jetta gets its GLI back--and that model earns a rating of 7 here at MotorAuthority.

The GLI succeeds many past models that took Jetta basics and transformed them with better tires, quicker steering, and a more sporty interior. The 2012 goes a step further, even, by adding a completely different rear suspension than the one found on base cars, and a soft-touch dash, too.

The basics: Volkswagen's Jetta grew significantly last year, to help the brand reach more American buyers. It also gained a less expensive interior and a torsion-beam rear suspension, cost-cutting moves that helped VW bring in a sub-$16,000 Jetta for the first time in years. The recipe's worked so far, with Jetta sales up more than 50 percent on the year.

While aficionados complained about the not-quite VW handling and interior, engineers were already putting the finishing touches on the GLI. They started...

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