By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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Shame on me; I have never really been up on my Volkswagen model designations. Of course, I know what a GTI is, but when told I was going to be driving the GLI Jetta this week, I was in the dark as to what exactly the GLI was. I tried looking it up on the VW website to no avail; it still doesn’t exist according to www.vw.ca. To my surprise, I see Laurance Yap’s First Drive on Autos and realize it is essentially the GTI of the Jetta line-up!

2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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I spent the day waiting to drop off last week’s vehicle and pick up this new Jetta. I was secretly hoping I would get a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox)-equipped model. I really wanted to try out this wonderment of technology that the VW/Audi group is starting to offer in more and more vehicles in their respective line-ups.

Since I can’t find any information about the Canadian Jetta GLI on any of Volkswagen’s sites (there is U.S. information and Euro info), I’ll have to go on my limited knowledge and by poking around the car.

2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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My test vehicle is in a striking Salsa Red, a very bright colour indeed. Also included in my tester is the sought-after DSG transmission. This is a true manual transmission that is computer controlled with two clutches which engage and disengage as required. You can drive it like an automatic, and if you feel like shifting gears, you can flick the flappy paddles on the back of the steering wheel and go to town.

This GLI has the standard, and very stylish, 17-inch multi-spoke wheels and optional luxury leather package, including leather seats, power sunroof and power lumbar adjustment. Other notable features that are immediately noticeable are the extremely sporty seats and steering wheel, which just scream sports car.

Excuse me while I go test out those flappy paddles…

2007 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
MSRP as tested: $37,150

For more information on VW and the Jetta visit Volkswagen Canada

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