Welcome to my review of the sporty 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn, which I had the pleasure of test-driving for a week. It was just upgraded last year with new tech and performance features that offer an exceptional driving experience.
Power: The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn is engineered to produce a sporty and dynamic performance. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates an impressive 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This power boost sets the GLI Autobahn apart from the standard Jetta’s engine, providing thrilling acceleration and vehicle responsiveness.
Whether you prefer a manual or automatic transmission, the Jetta GLI Autobahn has you covered. The standard option is a six-speed manual transmission, perfect for those who enjoy the engagement and control of shifting gears. Alternatively, you can opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which offers seamless and efficient gear changes.
Model/Price: The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn is the only trim level offered. This means you’ll enjoy all the premium features and upgrades once reserved for the Autobahn trim in previous models. Standard features include adaptive dampers, a digital gauge cluster, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated power front seats, and wireless charging.
The base price for the 2023 Jetta GLI Autobahn starts at $32,385 MSRP. However, additional options and packages can increase the price further. Researching online or consulting with your local Volkswagen dealership for precise pricing details and any available promotions is essential.
Exterior Design: The Jetta GLI Autobahn boasts a sleek and aggressive design that turns heads wherever it goes. Its sharp creases, black honeycomb detailing on the front end, and red accent strip through the grille give it a distinctive and sporty appearance. The GLI badging, black window surrounds, and dual chrome exhaust tips enhance its athletic stance.
Interior Design: Step inside the cabin, and a modern, driver-focused interior greets you. The Black Titan leather seats with red contrast stitching exude a sporty vibe, while the glossy black trim and red GLI accents add a touch of sophistication. The front seats provide excellent support and comfort, especially with side bolstering. Stainless steel pedals and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accents complete the sporty ambiance.
Technology: The Jetta GLI Autobahn has many cutting-edge technology features to enhance your driving experience. The centerpiece of the infotainment system is the 8-inch touchscreen display, which integrates VW’s Composition Media system running MIB3. While not the latest offering from VW, it still offers crisp graphics and seamless functionality. It includes features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice control, HD radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.
For audiophiles, the Jetta GLI Autobahn comes with a Beats premium audio system. Its 400-watt output and eight speakers deliver immersive and high-quality sound, ensuring that your favorite tunes accompany every drive.
The Jetta GLI Autobahn also prioritizes your convenience and connectivity. It features wireless charging, two USB-C ports, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. Including these features ensures that you stay connected and powered up throughout your journey.
Safety: Volkswagen has always prioritized safety, and the Jetta GLI Autobahn is no exception. It comes equipped with VW’s IQ Drive semi-autonomous system, which includes advanced driver-assistance features. These features provide extra safety and peace of mind on the road. Some notable features include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Automatically adjust your speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
- Active Blind Spot Monitor: Alerts you when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot, helping you make safer lane changes.
- Front Assist: Uses sensors to detect potential frontal collisions and can automatically apply emergency braking if necessary.
- Lane Assist: Helps keep you in your lane by providing gentle steering inputs if you unintentionally drift out of your lane.
- Rear Traffic Alert: Warns you of approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space.
- Emergency Assist (automatic transmission only): Bring the vehicle to a controlled stop if it detects that the driver is incapacitated.
The Jetta GLI Autobahn also features Intelligent Crash Response System and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, further enhancing its safety credentials.
Fuel Economy: The Jetta GLI shares its turbocharged four-cylinder with two different transmissions, which get different fuel-economy ratings. The standard six-speed manual transmission is estimated at 26 city/37 highway mpg, while the models with the optional seven-speed automatic get an estimated 26 city/36 highway mpg.
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