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      04-17-2019, 12:02 PM   #1
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2020 VW GLI review by Throttle House

Upset that you can't buy a MY2019 or MY2020 four door BMW with a manual transmission? VW might have the answer!

I am a huge fan of GTI's and have had two of them myself, so the fact that journalists are drooling over the new GLI comes as no surprise.

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I'd rather a get a base Genesis G70 in MT with a proper RWD setup.
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I'd rather a get a base Genesis G70 in MT with a proper RWD setup.
Good point Alex! I've never had a Hyundai nor have I driven a Genesis so I can not really say anything about that. I hear great things from the reviewers though!
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Except that it's not a 330i.
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Except that it's not a 330i.
I would take a 6MT GLI/GTI over an automatic 330i. But of course, to each their own.
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Ummmm...That's FWD. Pass.
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I would take a 6MT GLI/GTI over an automatic 330i. But of course, to each their own.
Sure, if manual matters more than:

engine, performance, efficiency, comfort, suspension, design, transmission, weight balance, tech, quality, reliability, customer support, brand, resale, and proper RWD or RWD biased AWD

then this VW is a great option. I think there is also a Kia Soul with manual.
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The current Jetta just looks awful though. Interior is poor too.

I like my GTI, but sedans are sad.
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Wow, sorry to hear about that!
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Just saw this one today at the NY Auto Show.
Yeah, some don't like the design. Well ... I don't like the g20 design either, so?

I honestly like the Jetta. It's just a tad too big if anything!


Just another manual option folks. I would go for it if I needed a sedan.
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Sure, if manual matters more than:

engine, performance, efficiency, comfort, suspension, design, transmission, weight balance, tech, quality, reliability, customer support, brand, resale, and proper RWD or RWD biased AWD

then this VW is a great option. I think there is also a Kia Soul with manual.

I don't know man. It's a pretty decent compromise. I've had two GTI's myself (MK6 and 7) back to back with my M3's and I'd buy a 3rd one if I could. They are fun as hell and very well built, in my experience. A manual is like the cherry on top. I've had a DSG GTI as well and it was wicked fun!
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Sure, if manual matters more than:

engine, performance, efficiency, comfort, suspension, design, transmission, weight balance, tech, quality, reliability, customer support, brand, resale, and proper RWD or RWD biased AWD

then this VW is a great option. I think there is also a Kia Soul with manual.

I don't know man. It's a pretty decent compromise. I've had two GTI's myself (MK6 and 7) back to back with my M3's and I'd buy a 3rd one if I could. They are fun as hell and very well built, in my experience. A manual is like the cherry on top. I've had a DSG GTI as well and it was wicked fun!
Yeah, there's some blind hate for anything fwd. for three years we had an F30 and a GTI in the garage and I drove the F30 less than a handful of times.
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Yeah, there's some blind hate for anything fwd. for three years we had an F30 and a GTI in the garage and I drove the F30 less than a handful of times.
Absolutely!! I love the f30 as well, but the GTI is just more childish and engaging since it is a smaller car with a lower center of gravity.

As an enthusiast (and manual transmission lover), I can not help but feel fortunate to have the Jetta GLI with a manual as an option to pick from. I feel after BMW turned their backs on us and left us out in the cold, VW is greeting us back with a warm cup of hot chocolate and fuzzy slippers.

It's one thing to offer a manual at all on the GLI, its an entirely different matter for it to be as competent as it's (much smaller) sibling, the GTI. That's an awesome effort!
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Well there was the scare that the Mk8 would be 48v and they'd kill the manual, but for now at least, it appears they'll still have it.
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Ummmm...That's FWD. Pass.
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I would go for it if I needed a sedan.
Here's a much more preferable choice, to buy, to drive, to live with, to service, and to be helped by the manufacturer if the need arises (less likely, of course!)

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...l-test-review/
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I had a last generation GLI and I enjoyed it.

I thought about this GLI, but ended up purchasing a CPO 2016 328i with 10k miles for $21k last week. Less expensive and more fun.. not manual though.

I have the M3 6MT for weekend fun so I don't need manual for a DD.
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Ummmm...That's FWD. Pass.
+1 And itís VAG product. Double no thank you
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Just saw this one today at the NY Auto Show.
I want to like the GLI but it isn't easy. First- the rear view just isn't attractive to my eye. Also- the interior has much broader use of hard plastics than competitors even a class below. The other thing that struck me today is the lack of side bolstering in the seats. I really don't think the GLI is in contention for me. I think I'd rather own an Acura TLX... of course I'd have to drive them both first.
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Itís at a compelling price point but there are a lot of options there. I would prefer an actual GTI over the GLI. I have it stuck in my head that the GLI is for someone who wanted a GTI but needs to blend in even more than a GTI does.

Iíd buy a used S3 if I wanted a sedan or spring for a Golf R....at least they have AWD.
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