With Volkswagen's introduction today of the new 2006 Jetta GLI ($TBA), it looks like the company finally came to its senses and will be offering a model without the ridiculous chrome on the frontend — and we couldn't be happier. The new GLI model (pricing not yet announced) features a 2.0 T turbocharged four-cylinder that's good for 200-hp and is available with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting. In addition to the standard Jetta features, the GLI has an upgraded suspension, blue-tinted windows, optional 18-inch alloy wheels, alloy pedals and trim, and a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and telephone controls and DSG shift paddles.
There are some cars that get everything right — the styling, the performance, the features and the price. The 2005 Acura TL is one of those cars. The sedan has a mature yet sporty look, and packs a 270-hp VTEC V-6 engine, 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension system, and a long list of techno goodies — Bluetooth wireless for your cell phone, a premium 8-speaker surround-sound system with DVD-Audio support, the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, and Keyless Memory Settings that allows drivers to store and recall their preferred seating, side-mirror and climate control preferences.
The BMW 3 series has always been known for its excellent driving performance and (relatively) accessible price, and now you can add technological prowess to that list. Available with such gadgetry as a navigation system with voice command, Bluetooth cell phone integration, adaptive xenon headlights that turn with the car, and iPod integration, the 2006 BMW 325i Sedan (starts at $30,300) makes a great car for any geek. Despite its starting price, our tricked out build-your-own came in at nearly $47,000 — and worth every penny.
So this is a coupe huh? The old men at Mercedes appear to have lost their minds, as this model has four full doors, which in our eyes makes it a sedan — but a darn sexy sedan. The 2006 CLS500 ($66,000) features a 5.0L V-8 engine, 302 horsepower, and a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds. Not bad for a “coupe,” but really impressive for a sedan. We guess it’s also worth mentioning that it comes with enough gadgetry and safety technology to make any geek jealous.