2012 Changes and updates


  • New facelift model
  • Creation of S w/ sunroof trim
  • Steel wheels on S Manual
  • 16” Portland alloy wheels on S Automatic
  • Trip computer on S model
  • 18” alloy wheels and Chrome exterior elements standard on SE
  • 19” alloy wheels, Wheel housing extensions, LED Daytime Running Lights, Upgraded interior trim standard on SEL
  • RNS510 gets voice controls!

  • Creation of three 2.5L carline trims ( base, connivence, conv and sunroof)
  • DELETE ALL Packages and Stand Alone Options
  • Creation of three 2.0L TDI® carline trims (base, sunroof and Nav, S&N with tech)
  • 2.0L Golf TDI New 17” Salamanca alloy wheels
  • LED DRLs with xenons on TDI tech


  • Creation Convenience & Sunroof carline trim (same as 2011 GTI with sunroof)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights on top two trims
  • 2.0T GTI Autobahn gets 18” Serron Alloy Wheels from Adidas model
  • iTunes tagging


  • Creation of S w/ sunroof trim
  • Creation of TDI base and TDI w/ Premium trim
  • Deletion of SEL w/ Sunroof trim
  • Deletion of SEL w/ Sport Package trim (replaced by GLI)
  • iTunes® Tagging & HD Radio on premium 8 radio and RNS315 (new MDI cable)
  • Fender® Premium sound system on SEL
  • Sunroof standard on SEL
  • TDI premium adds power tilt & sliding sunroof, Premium VIII touch-screen radio w/ Fender® premium audio w/ subwoofer

Jetta SW

  • Creation of SE w/ sunroof trim
  • DELETE All packages & stand alone options
  • Creation of TDI® w/ sunroof trim
  • Creation of TDI® w/ Sunroof & Nav. trim
  • Media Device Interface (MDI) w/ iPod® cable,iTunes® tagging and HD radio standard on SE and TDI
  • Kessy keyless entry and push button start
  • New “Sport” trim
  • RCD550 with six disc changer replaces RNS550  on Sport
  • Delete rear view camera on Sport
  • “Sport with Nav” adds rear view camera and RNS550 nav
  • Confort hatch cover (whatever that means, Power maybe?)
  • LED taillights standard on hybrid

  • Analog clock!
  • Minor interior trim changes
  • new wood-trim on Lux plus, limited and executive

New for 2012

  • Beetle
  • GLI
  • Passat
  • EOS
  • Golf  R

Posted on May 1, 2011, in 2012, Beetle, CC, EOs, First look, GLI, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Hybrid, Jetta, Navigation, Passat, Radio, Routan, Touareg. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hi Jay,

    Will we be able to get the Tiguan in a manual trans for SE and SEL, or only the bare bones S?

  2. Love the work Jay! YoU ROCK!

  3. Hi Jay,

    Regarding the 2012 GTI change to include “iTunes Tagging”, can we assume that means the GTI’s RNS-315 will now support HD Radio? Also, is there any news whether the US will receive the same Climatronic dual-zone electronic climate control system that Canadians and Europeans currently enjoy, or will we get the “short end of the stick” on that one again? Thanks for the updates, btw!

  4. Do you have any pricing information? How do the 2012 MSRPs line up with the 2011s on a Jetta TDI?

  5. Any idea when we can expect the 2012 GTI to start arriving on dealership lots in California and Arizona?

  6. Happen to know when production starts for the 2012 Jetta, timeframe you would expect 2012’s to hit the lot?

  7. Certainly disappointing Fender option will not be included on Jetta Sportwagen in 2012 =/

  8. Hi Jay, great site!

    Can you explain to me what it means in the Jetta SW section: “DELETE All packages & stand alone options?” If I want an SE with a sunroof, nav and alloy wheels, will the nav and alloy wheels still be available as options?

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