Volkswagen Jetta GLI (DSG) Review
Cos I'm leaving on a Jet(ta) plane...

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
3 Jun 2008

The Jetta GLI might look like a mild-mannered sedan, but with its prodigious powerplant, it sure does offer more than meets the eye...


The world is split up into two kinds of people – dog people or cat people. Either you go for the playful, faithful cute felines, or you favour those evil canine chumps. And the population gets polarised in other ways too – you either like New York or London, Picasso or Van Gogh, PCs or Macs, but never both.

You do see where I’m going with this, can you?

So, when it comes to cars, you either lean towards sedans or hatchbacks. Well, you want to have a Teutonic something on wheels anyway, and the Volkswagen brand just appeals to you all thanks to its youthfulness, and the fact that they were brilliant enough to come up with that potent 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and 6-speed DSG gearbox.

Although a Volkswagen Golf GTI sounds interesting, it’s something you know the missus won’t approve of, after all that family-planning discussion the both of you been having…well, obviously hatchbacks won’t make the cut. So you think the likes of the C-Class and 3 Series should do the trick…But then again, there are quite a number of them already occupying the office parking lot. And you still want to have that bit of motoring fun once in a while.

Enter the Volkswagen Jetta GLI - a.k.a the Golf GTI with a boot.


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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 200bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1800rpm
Power to Weight 141 bhp per ton


Acceleration 7.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 231 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4554 x 1781 x 1459) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1418 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs