Although sold separately, the Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn 2014 is basically the highest trim of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan and bring a sporty cues of the VW GTI hatchback. Maybe you are interested in the Jetta GLI Autobahn 2014 as a sedan better suit your needs or feel more grown than the hatchback. Unfortunately, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn is not much fun to drive and is just one of many fast sedan that you might consider in this price range.
Price And Standard Features
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn is a four-door five-passenger compact sedan. It’s sold in U.S market with price range MSRP from $26,410.
Standard equipment for 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn sedan includes 18-inch alloy wheels, fog-lamps, heated windshield-washer nozzles, a sunroof, keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, height-adjustable and power-reclining front sport seats with adjustable driver lumbar support, heated front seats, a cooling glovebox, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leatherette vinyl upholstery, VW Car-Net telematics system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a premium nine-speaker Fender audio system with a touchscreen interface, a CD player, satellite radio, an iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.
If you equip 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn with the navigation system package, it will also come with a touchscreen navigation system with bi-xenon headlights with Audi-like LED accent lights, a rearview camera and keyless ignition/entry. A rear lip spoiler is available as optional.
Engine And Safety
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn sedan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Front wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automated manual (called as DSG) are optional.
In performance testing, the previous Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn model with the manual transmission accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is a little slow for its class. This year, with 10-hp increase it’s down to 7.9 second . EPA estimated fuel economy stand at 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the manual transmission, while the DSG took 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway 27 mpg combined.
Standard safety features for 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI wagon includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is a VW Car-Net telematics system, which provide roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle location, remote vehicle access and geo-fencing (allows parent to set boundaries for teenage drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions on the go.
In government crash tests, 2014 Jetta achieve four stars for front crash protection. In test by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2014 Jetta get the best possible rating of good in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, roof strength and side-impact tests. It’s also received the second lowest rating of marginal in the small-overlap frontal-offset crash test. In brake testing, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn come stop from 60 mph in 128 feet. Which is a worse than average for a compact-to-midsize sedan.
Volkswagen Jettas are known to be reliable cars but it isn’t uncommon to hear of them mechanical issues, especially as they age.
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn has a pretty nice interior thanks to an upgrade over the regular Jetta, including some high-quality material. It is also pretty spacious, because the the rear seats is big enough and comfortable for full-size adults. The trunk space stands at 15.5 cubic feet is also one of broadest you will find in this class. If you need more cargo space, folding the rear seat is very easy through the center of the pass-through feature and also folds down.
Available touchscreen stereo interface and redundant dial buttons are also very good, which is ideal for controlling a portable music player but the placement is a bit awkward. The navigation system however a little disappointing, because the small screen and displays the amount of information is limited.