The new Volkswagen GLI offers sporty performance and remarkable elegance in a practical sedan design. The GTI features an efficient, Autobahn proven, 2.0L turbocharged engine, German tuned sport suspension and meticulously fast Volkswagen genes.
The Volkswagen GLI is a performance oriented hatchback offered in 2 door and 4 door body styles. Standard features are heated outside mirrors, full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, 17 inch wheels, sport front seats, a folding rear seat and a 10 speaker, six CD, MP3 audio system with satellite radio, and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
The Autobahn Package adds a sunroof, a premium audio system, leather upholstery and heated front seats. The Thunderbunny Package adds sporty exterior styling elements such as a front spoiler and a rear valance. Other upgrades for the GLI include 18 inch wheels, an iPod adapter and, a navigation system.
A GLI with the standard six speed manual right off of the showroom floor can go from zero to 60 mph in under 7 seconds. A six speed manual transmission is standard, while a six speed automated manual called DSG is optional.
Safety is important to Volkswagen and the GLI. The GLI comes standtard with front seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, as well as stability control. Rear side-impact airbags are optional on 4 door models.
In safety testing for the GLI, it earned 4 stars out of 5 in front impact testing and a perfect 5 stars in side impact testing. The IIHS gave the GLI a rating of “Good” which in their terms is the highest possible rating.
The interior of the GLI is not to mess with. It is very cleverly styled and traditionally laid out. The metallic strips put in the GLI set it off nice with the relaxing interior of the GLI. The thing people love is the sport seats inside the vehicle. The odd but necessary thing of the GLI’s interior is the flat bottomed steering wheel, which everyone seems to like. Also, the back seats in both the 2 door and 4 door model offer very comfortable seating positions.