Well, that was fine (2014 VW GLI)

I swung by a dealer on my way to REI for shotgun style Christmas shopping(buying for numerous people in various parts of the store). They had a 2014 VW Jetta GLI on the lot. I’ve been trying to find the right car to compliment my 996 lately: carry 4-5 people, a roof rack when needed, and preferably an automatic so my wife can drive it.

Anyways, the positives: the thing seemed really spacious for its dimensions. The seats looked nice and felt good. The engine Had good throttle response. I liked the color and the wheels. It felt really nice for the money, way nicer than my Turbo Beetle which is only two years older.

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The transmission was okay. In drive it seemed to want to get into the next gear too quickly. In manual mode there was a little delay before it would actually shift but the shifts themselves were very fast. I hadn’t driven a DSG in a while but some of the quirks with low speed driving that I hear people complain about were more apparent to me than the last time.

The whole thing felt a little too; and please forgive the car review cliche speak; it seemed too grown up or maybe just lacking in character. The soundaktor(or whatever it’s called) was pretty obvious to me. Steering was... I didn’t notice. I’m a little surprised that it felt as different as it did compared to my Beetle. It didn’t feel all that much bigger from the drivers seat but it did feel a little less rambunctious. I don’t know why, but that was just my impression.

I wanted to really like it because on paper the GLI seems like a good bet. But if I want whatever I get to keep me happy long term, then I think it’s going to need to be more entertaining.

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