2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn
2.0 liter turbo four (228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm)
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, front wheel drive
26 cities / 36 highways / 30 communities (EPA rated, mpg)
9.0 city / 6.5 highway / 7.9 combined. (NRCan rating, l/100km)
Base Price: $32,990 / $35,432 CAD
As tested: $33,385 / $35,432 CAD
Prices include $1,195 in US destination fees and $2,437 in freight, PDI and A/C tax in Canada, and due to equipment differences across borders, they are not directly comparable.
I know that I am remarkably fortunate to do what I do here at TTAC. I’m a car lover, I get paid to go play cars. Friends often ask what I’m driving this week, rather than the usual small talk about the weather. A touch of envy seeps into the conversation when I reveal that I’m driving a high-end luxury car or a powerful sports car.
When it comes down to it, however, I use whatever car arrives in my driveway that week as my primary driver: first, to properly rate it for you, dear reader, and second, to keep miles away from the cars in my driveway. But I will always need my own cars, as I need access to my office for the day job and don’t always have media lenders I can rely on. However, one of my own cars will be reallocated soon with his older son turning 16 in about a week – and my other – an old Miata – isn’t particularly suitable for year-round driving.
So, this is where my privilege comes in – I’ve been using this second career as an extended test drive to find my next daily driver. While those high-end luxury cars would be a great addition to the fleet, they honestly don’t pay me enough here. So I’m looking at more affordable ways to get where I’m going – and something that offers cheap thrills like the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI might be the perfect choice.