2014 volkswagen jetta tdi reliability

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Auto review: Jetta TDI is fun and efficient

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a far cry from the diesel-powered behemoths of the s.

Volkswagen first introduced a diesel engine to the U.S. in the Rabbit. Since then, over 1 million diesel-powered VWs have been sold here, including over , last year alone.

Take a drive in the Jetta TDI and you'll understand why.

Diesels were once rattling slug bombs that delivered outstanding, albeit misery-filled, fuel economy. That long-ago memory thankfully has been replaced with deep torque and athletic highway cruising.

Jetta TDI shares its liter four-cylinder direct-injected turbo-diesel engine with other VWs like the Passat, Beetle, Golf and Tiguan.

In the Jetta, it delivers just horsepower, but a ground-tapping lb.-ft. of torque. With the six-speed manual transmission, fuel economy is rated 30/42 mpg, which in my experience, is quite conservative. I've seen over 45 mpg on longer trips — clicking along at 80 mph in the left lane.

You'd be hard-pressed to expect that just from looking at the Jetta's conservative suit.

The sedan's taut lines are handsome, accentuated with VW's trademark grille, sculpted hood, chiseled sides and inch alloy wheels. A high trunk and lower front splitter look good and enhance aerodynamics. Like the larger Passat, the Jetta is not anything exciting from the outside, but it appears substantial and upscale. Hopefully, the next generation will be more flamboyant.

The interior of the Volkswage Jetta TDI is basic, but comfortable and supportive on long drives.

It's mostly business inside as well. I'm not sure why diesel-powered German sedans always come with basic interiors, but I'm guessing it's to make sure they last as long as the engine.

Our test car came with black leatherette seats, but at least they were heated, thickly bolstered and with lower-lumbar adjustment. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, iPod audio input, satellite radio and auto up/down windows add some luxury — as do cruise control, trip computer and silver metallic trim on the dash and doors.

What makes VWs special is their buttoned-down seriousness. The interior is basic, but comfortable and supportive on long drives. A wide dead pedal, roomy backseat, precise adjustment of climate controls and rear armrest that clicks into place instead of flopping down like a wet sardine tell you a horde of engineers were involved in making the Jetta something more than just another compact sedan.

If your friends make fun of you for buying a boring Jetta TDI, it's because they aren't driving one.

In an otherwise buttoned-down sedan, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, iPod audio input, satellite radio and auto up/down windows add some luxury to the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Ñ as do cruise control, trip computer and silver metallic trim on the dash and doors.

The combination of low-down torque, turbo at speed and the control of a six-speed manual create a fun drive. It is no BMW sport sedan, but the car feels precise, goes where you steer it and rumbles over rough pavement without shaking a creak. A very long drive would be cheap and enjoyable.

If you like this TDI, you'll like things later this year when Volkswagen introduces a new diesel engine for the Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat and Jetta. The powerplants will employ an exhaust gas recirculation system, integrate the turbo intercooler with the intake manifold to improve throttle response, and move the exhaust after-treatment components closer to the engine. The engines will be cleaner, more fuel efficient and 10 horsepower more powerful.

Sounds good to me.

Volkswagen has owned the affordable diesel market for a couple of decades, but diesel versions of the Chevy Cruze and Mazda3 will give it a challenge. Challenge, maybe, but they'll have to work hard to usurp Volkswagen's position. Given our test of the Jetta TDI, it won't be easy to provide a car as well-engineered, efficient and fun-to-drive. Jettas start at $16,, but our test car came to $24,

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The conservative exterior of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI belies its fun handling, dashes of luxury and proclivity for fuel efficiency rated at up to 42 mpg.

VW Jetta TDI

Basics: Five-passenger, FWD sedan.

Powertrain: hp liter Turbo-4 diesel, six-speed manual transmission.

Suspension f/r: Ind/Ind.

Wheels: inch/inch alloy f/r.

Brakes: Disc/disc fr/rr with ABS.

Must-have features: Efficiency, driving enjoyment.

Fuel economy: 30/42 mpg city/hwy.

Assembly: Puebla, Mexico.

Base/As-tested price: $16,/$24,

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Jetta may not be the first name springing to mind when compact-sized transports pop up in friendly conversation, but its variety of under-hood offerings certainly sparks up dialog. Volkswagen's peppy Jetta offers an unprecedented array of powertrains (including a high-mileage turbo diesel and a higher-mileage gas-electric hybrid) that certainly deserve scrutiny especially if prioritizing fuel economy.

The compact segment turned hyper-competitive during the past decade, with big investments by big players. Today's consumer expects many of the advancements and comforts found in larger transports. Volkswagen took a calculated gamble with its sixth-generation Jetta redesign, lowering price points to closer match the competition, but inadvertently slowed momentum. While engine quality and reliability never were in question, ho-hum interiors coupled with sub-par, plastic-like materials paled in comparison to upgraded rivals.  Evaluators from many walks of life (including the general public) took notice.

To its credit, Volkswagen retooled a bit in the model year addressing interior issues with the addition of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and hand-brake lever and decorative dash and door panel trim on all trim level sans bottom-base 'S.'  These elements pay-it-forward in the campaign as Jetta regains much of its lost mojo.  Great turn of events since Jetta offers a finely-tuned TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) clean diesel thrusting highway mileage beyond the 40 mpg barrier.

Diesel technology benefits from precise fuel injection directly into compressed air cylinders during the combustion stroke, negating the need for spark plugs. Diesel fuel's higher-energy density and slower burn properties add up to enhanced mileage and improved mid-range torque (more passing power when needed).  Diesel engines deliver between 15 and 30 percent better mileage estimates than gas counterparts.

Our sedan tester's liter four-cylinder turbo diesel generated horses and impressive fuel estimates of 30 miles per gallon city and 42 highway teamed with either the standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Dual-clutch automatics provides the fuel economy of a manual, but driving dynamics of an automatic with no foot-clutch for drivers to contend with and it's available in gas-engine Jetta's too.

This year marks the th birthday of German-Engineer Rudolf Diesel's debut of the compression-ignition diesel engine.  In Europe, almost half of new-cars sold are powered by diesel engines but in the U.S. the percentage lags under four. Expect substantial growth though thanks to the fuel's superior mileage-extending potential. With higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets looming by ( miles per gallon for select passenger cars), diesel engines have expanded beyond heavy-duty pickups within the portfolios of the U.S. Big Three.  Chevrolet's compact Cruze now includes a diesel variant as does the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Through October of , TDI clean diesel cars and sport utility vehicles accounted for an eye-popping 22 percent of yearly Volkswagen sales in the United States.

In addition to the diesel engine, Volkswagen introduces a new liter turbo gas four-cylinder engine to the compact Jetta and mid-sized Passat in , joining a returning liter four-cylinder. Also introduced last year, a gas-electric hybrid Jetta (starting at $27,) extending fuel to an estimated 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway).

The lowest-priced Jetta gas model,  an 'S' trim with liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission checks in at $16,

Our front-wheel-drive Jetta TDI clean diesel tester came well equipped. No specific designate gets assigned to Jetta's Diesel model since it's marketed in one trim.  Limited option packages and stand-alone extras keep the transaction process refreshingly simple. The gasoline-powered-version differs by offering distinctive alpha trims (S, SE, SEL).

Jetta diesel standard equipment includes air conditioning, satellite radio with trial subscription, heated front seats, cruise control and heated side-view mirrors.   Our tester with standard six-speed manual and no option packages had a $23, starting price and bottom line of $24, when factoring in an $ destination charge.

Two option packages are available with the diesel.  A Premium Package includes power sunroof, dashboard touchscreen radio and rearview camera ($24, with manual transmission, $25, with automatic).The Premium/Navigation packages adds a six-way power driver's seat, push-button start, inch aluminum wheels and, of course, in-dash navigation ($26, with manual transmission, $27, with automatic).

The manual six coupled with diesel's improved torque mixed well, creating a fun-to-drive, responsive experience, especially between 20 and 45 miles per hour. Gone are the days of noisy idles or sulfur-like, rotten egg exhaust fumes and shaky engine idles once stereotypical of diesels. Electronic assist power steering eases Jetta through intricate handling maneuvers. This is the performance high-mileage choice over the Jetta gas-electric hybrid.

The inline, straight across black dashboard is welcome simply for its simplicity. The instrument panel includes two full-circle gauges with a small digital display in between, including horizontal, half-moon fuel-level display and odometer. At night, hot red backlighting illuminates the dash and doors. The rectangular sound system incorporates user-friendly push-buttons and volume-controlling, station-changing twist dials.

The driver's door is home to the trunk-release button, a more convenient local than the floor. In-line dual beverage holders reside aft of the transmission shifter, with a narrow arm rest/storage bin ending the train.  The armrest's sliding, multi-position top offers varying levels of elbow comfort and inside, a plug-in port aiding portable electronics. A second port along with a volt outlet is found under the tri-dial vent functions along with a storage nook.

The manually-tilt-and-telescoping three-spoke steering wheel includes audio volume controls and left-side station preset port.  Manual sliding front bucket seats include a convenient, large under-seat grab ring when adjustments are needed. Like most VW's front bucket seats (including our tester's vinyl material coverings) tilt towards plush rather than firm settings. Front-door power window controls reside at a degree angle while power outside mirror and lock devices are on the driver's door near the smallish handle. The single-bin glove box is of a rather large girth and includes a top-shelf home for the in-vehicle instruction manual.  

Comparatively speaking, rear-seat leg room is rather tight when measured against the competition. As with most compact back rows, two adults travel in maximum comfort, three is one too many. Head room, in back and front, is acceptable thanks to the exterior's arching roofline.

At cubic feet, the trunk accommodates big-time cargo, growing more spacious when pull tabs get yanked, releasing the 40/split rear-seat backrest locking mechanism. The cubic foot measurement is spacious for mid-size sedans, and most excellent for compacts like Jetta.

From the outside, Jetta's conservative style begins with a narrow grille and two horizontal strips flank the familiar circular and stacked VW logo. Headlight housing remains sleek as well. Thin 'C' pillars meet up with a slightly raised trunk lid. The side belt or character line remains relatively straight, rather than a sloped directional.  Large side windows provide drivers with good visibility in all directions. Side-view mirrors included blinker bands alerting those around of your intention.

Volkswagen opened a state-of-the-art production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee in , home to the mid-size Passat sedan.  In , Volkswagen Group of America's U.S. sales topped , units, an impressive 35 percent jump from Volkswagen ranks as Europe's largest-volume automaker and the world's fourth-largest.

Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Price as tested:
  $24,
Engine:  liter turbo direct injection four-cylinder diesel
Horsepower: 
Fuel estimates:  30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway
Length: inches
Wheelbase: inches
Height: inches
Width: inches
Curb weight:   3, pounds
Drivetrain warranty: Five-year/ 60, miles
Assembly: Pueblo, Mexico
Sours: https://www.drivechicago.com/reviews/volkswagen-jetta-jetta-diesel-extends-range-of-motion-and-miles_
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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta comes in a myriad of models and body styles. The current-generation Jetta sedan was introduced as a model to compete with the Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Mazda 3 and Honda Civic. The turbocharged Jetta GLI brought more content and power. Jetta TDI SportWagen, with its turbo-diesel direct-injection engine and available DSG twin-clutch auto-manual transmission, has been earning five-star reviews for its performance and fuel mileage. The Hybrid model joined the Jetta model line for

For , there's a new engine to replace the stalwart five-cylinder (which lingers on in the SportWagen SE). The SE and SEL models come with a new liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes the same horsepower as the old five-cylinder, with more torque (at a lower range), and getting 5 more miles per gallon. It's EPA rated at 26/36 mpg City/Highway.

Another significant change for is the scrapping of the torsion-beam rear suspension, which VW used in the redesign on S models, to keep the base price low. All Jettas now have a multi-link rear, which delivers a more compliant ride and precise handling.

The base Jetta S is very affordable but not the best value. It uses a single-overhead-cam liter four-cylinder engine making horsepower, with a 5-speed manual transmission standard and 6-speed automatic available. The engine is proven but it's slow and inefficient, rated 24/29 mpg with the automatic.

Our time in Jetta seats included miles in the sporty GLI, with its liter turbocharged engine boosted to horsepower now, with premium fuel. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in seconds, with the DSG twin-clutch automated manual transmission. The GLI offers a relaxed, refined sportiness.

We also did miles in the liter Hybrid, which comes standard with a 7-speed DSG transmission, different from the 6-speed DSG in the sedan, in that it's dry clutch rather than wet clutch. We got miles per gallon combined city/highway driving, well below its rating of 42/ It requires premium fuel, and has a smaller trunk to make room for the battery pack.

The Jetta TDI Sedan and SportWagen use the latest turbo-diesel direct-injection technology in their engine, a liter making horsepower and pound-feet of torque, while getting 30/42 EPA-rated mpg. We hear frequent reports of drivers getting over Emissions are low. The TDI is so good we don't see a reason for the Hybrid. Volkswagen boasts that it has the best acceleration, sportiest handling, most rear legroom and biggest trunk in the compact sedan hybrid class, so maybe that's their reason.

The Jetta looks plain to some people because it's clean and simple, with subtle curves and no sculpting; strong wheel arches, a smooth roofline and attractive C pillars. It's about the same wheelbase as the Ford Focus and Honda Civic, but a few inches longer. It feels bigger all around, more like a midsize car to us, because it's so solid.

The interior is practical and well thought-out, although hard plastics are used in some models to keep the price competitive with Ford, Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda et al. However the trim is tasteful and the standard cloth seats fit well, while the optional V-Tex leatherette upholstery passes easily for real leather. The trim in the SEL is upgraded, and in the GLI Autobahn with Navigation that we drove for one week, the ambiance is perforated leather.

The utility comforts are designed well: comfortable driver armrests, user-friendly cupholders, good door pockets and grab handles. Good headroom, and class-leading rear legroom, inches, nearly as much as a BMW 7 Series.

Alas, not so with navigation. In our review of the Jetta we called it a nightmare; in we're calling it the Obamacare Website of navigation systems, so many fails we finally gave up. We don't have the space to name them, and you'd get bored hearing them. Other controls and instruments are excellent, including the gauges, climate and radio. The available flat-bottomed steering wheel with perforated leather is terrific.

The SportWagen SE is the only model that continues to use the 5-cylinder engine. SportWagen interior is equal to that in cars costing thousands more. Solid, soft-touch materials abound. Because of its shorter wheelbase, the wagon has less space than the sedan for passengers, with fewer inches of rear legroom and 1 inch less headroom. Naturally there's more space for cargo, with cubic feet behind the rear seats, and an SUV-like cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat. It can be a great alternative to a crossover or SUV while offering outstanding fuel economy.

Model Lineup

The Volkswagen Jetta S sedan ($16,) comes with the horsepower liter four-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on S and SE models, and a 6-speed automatic is available. Standard features include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, auxiliary input jack, outside-temperature indicator, variable-intermittent wipers, rear defogger, and P/65HR15 tires on steel wheels with wheel covers.

The Jetta SE ($18,) also comes standard with manual transmission, but uses the new liter turbocharged engine making hp and foot-pounds of torque. SE upgrades with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, trunk pass-through, heated power mirrors with turn signals, trip computer, satellite radio, iPod adapter, floor mats, and inch steel wheels with all-season tires. There's a Connectivity package ($20,) that adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, 6-speaker audio system, heated front seats, and alloy wheels. Add the Sunroof package and it's $22,

A 6-speed automatic transmission ($) is optional for Jetta S and Jetta SE.

Jetta SEL sedan ($25,) comes standard with the automatic, and the best features of the SE, including the sunroof and a navigation system. It adds a six-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, keyless access and starting, 9-speaker watt Fender sound system, trip computer, fog lights, rearview camera, and inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.

Jetta TDI ($23,) uses the horsepower turbocharged liter diesel engine. Manual transmission is standard, while the fantastic twin-clutch DSG auto-manual is just $ more. It has many of the SEL features, however there's a Premium package ($24,) and Premium Navigation ($26,).

Jetta GLI sedan ($24,) uses a horsepower turbocharged liter engine. In addition to SE equipment, the base GLI has a hill-holder clutch, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, driver-seat lumbar adjustment, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bluetooth, trip computer, fog lights, sport suspension, and P/45HR17 tires on alloy wheels. The upscale GLI Autobahn ($26,) adds automatic climate control, V-Tex upholstery, heated front seats, sunroof, heated windshield washers, P/40HR18 on alloy wheels, and more. GLI Autobahn with Navigation ($28,) has adds navigation plus keyless access and pushbutton starting, rearview camera, and HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

TDI and GLI models come standard with a 6-speed manual, with the paddle-shifting 6-speed DSG twin-clutch auto-manual transmission just $1,

The Jetta SportWagen comes with two engines, either the old liter 5-cylinder or the efficient liter turbo-diesel with direct injection. Jetta SportWagen S ($20,) and SE ($24,) models with the liter engine are equipped comparably to the sedan. There's also an SE with sunroof package ($26,).

Jetta TDI SportWagen ($26,) is available with the panorama sunroof package including inch alloy wheels ($28,); and with sunroof, navigation and pushbutton start ($28,).

Jetta Hybrid SE $($27,) uses a liter turbocharged gas engine with hp electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission; front and rear disc brakes; Daytime Running Lights; power and heated exterior mirrors; inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; rear spoiler and rear diffuser; unique grille; hybrid badging on front, sides and rear; power windows with one-touch up/down; hybrid interior accents; six-way manually adjustable front seats; automatic climate-control; Bluetooth; auxiliary input jack; trip computer; radio with CD player and six speakers; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; 60/40 folding rear seat; and tilt/telescoping steering wheel column. The Hybrid SE adds LED taillights; power recline front seats; Media-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod cable; Premium VIII touch screen radio with color energy flow display in center console; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; and keyless access with push-button start.

Jetta Hybrid SEL ($29,) adds inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; a power tilt and slide sunroof; upgraded radio and navigation; heated front washer nozzles; heated front seats; and a six-way power driver's seat. Hybrid SEL Premium ($31,) adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Active Front-Lighting System (AFS); foglights with cornering light; inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; Fender Premium Audio System with subwoofer; and a rearview camera.

Safety features on all Jettas include dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, traction control, Electronic Stability Control, and the mandated tire-pressure monitor.

Walkaround

The Volkswagen Jetta looks plain to some people because its curves are subtle, But it's not plain, it's clean. There's almost no bling, although chrome has been creeping back since its redesign. The entry-level S model has the least chrome (like almost all cars), and it's cleanest, with a black honeycomb grille and air intake under the front bumper.

The lines are crisp, no sculpting, with a distinguished face, lean shoulders, strong wheel arches, a smooth roofline and attractive C pillars. There's a neat aerodynamic lip at the trunk's trailing edge, and powerful taillights. It's 5 inches longer than the Honda Civic.

The GLI has a stronger, sportier stance. There's a crosshatch treatment for the grille and lower air intake, sportier front and rear fascias and side sills, a unique design for the fog lights, and larger wheels.

Wagons are usually longer than sedans, but the Jetta SportWagen is three inches shorter than the sedan. The same face, with a definition crease along the sides. It's given movement by a roofline that seems to slant down toward the rear, under the standard roof rails. The SportWagen is stylish.

Interior Features

The Jetta interior is clean, stylish, comfortable, accommodating, and functional. Even with hard plastics, it feels better than the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, although not as rich as the Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra. The white-on-black gauges are easy to look at. You don't always pay attention to trim, but you have to look at the gauges all the time.

The standard cloth seats are comfortable. Our GLI Autobahn with Navigation had perforated leatherette, indistinguishable from real leather. After five hours in the saddle on a sometimes choppy freeway, our butt was over it and our back felt it. We do that run a lot. Butt-and-back wise, the GLI didn't do as well as a Hyundai Elantra five-door.

There are small and appreciated utility/creature comforts, including comfortable driver armrests, convenient cupholders, good door pockets and grab handles: check, check, check, check. Between the seats there's an emergency brake handle, two cupholders, and a small console with an armrest.

The Jetta makes excellent use of space. There's good headroom front and rear, and rear-seat legroom is first in class at inches, as much as the BMW 7 Series. With the rear armrest down, there's a pair of cupholders for the rear passengers, to relax with a drink as they stretch their legs out.

The trunk is a fat cubic feet, and the optional rear seat pass-through works for skis and things. The Hybrid trunk is way smaller with only cubic feet, because the 32kW battery pack rides over the rear axle.

In our review of the Jetta we called the navigation system a nightmare. In this review of the we're calling it the Obamacare Website of navigation systems: so messed up we gave up. We'll spare you the details. We have the fails documented for anyone who's interested. We do have one nice thing to say, which is that the speed limit is posted on the navigation screen, a big contribution to stress-free driving one long night, down I-5 from Seattle to Portland, on that dark freeway with speed limits that continually change between 55 and 70 mph, with scarce signposts.

The touch-screen tuning of the upscale Fender audio system wasn't as bad as the nav system, but it too was difficult and distracting.

The standard driver information display is big and easy to read, located neatly between the tachometer and speedometer. Fuel mileage, range, odometer and thermometer. There's more information on the touch screen. The climate controls are clean and easy to use. The radio tunes with a dial, best ever, so simple. If only we could have shut the navigation lady up, she kept interrupting the radio.

The steering wheel on our GLI was terrific, with its perforated leather(ette), thumb grips and flat bottom. Controls include the phone button that is too easy to bump, calling a voice from above (she seemed to inhabit the roof) telling us we couldn't do what we were trying to do, and wouldn't accept our explanation that we didn't know what she was talking about. Then we tried to shut her up, and couldn't do that either.

The SportWagen's interior could be in a car costing thousands more. Solid, soft-touch materials abound. There is less space for passengers, with fewer inches of rear legroom and 1 inch less headroom. But if the sedan is more passenger friendly, the wagon is more cargo friendly. There are cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and an SUV-like cubic feet of space with the rear seats down.

Driving Impressions

When the entry-level Jetta S was introduced as a model, the technology in its reliable SOHC four-cylinder liter engine was already dated. Now with the new liter direct-injection turbo in the Jetta SE and SEL models, the S seems like a tractor. The S offers horsepower with foot-pounds of torque and 23/29 mpg with automatic; while the SE makes horsepower and foot-pounds of torque, and delivers 25/36 miles per gallon. It costs $ more but has more features too.

With the 5-speed manual transmission, the S gets 24/34 miles per gallon, only 2 mpg less than the new engine; however, that transmission has long throws and feels numb, and the lack of torque in the liter engine means you have to downshift a lot.

The sport mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission is sharp and effective. It shifted with crispness on San Francisco's hills, and stayed smoothly in third gear in slow-and-go freeway traffic, a situation where many transmissions will constantly shift up and down. Manual mode can be used for spirited driving, shifting at the lever. It's programmed well, and doesn't keep over-ruling the driver.

The GLI is powered by a liter DOHC turbo four making hp at rpm (an increase of 10 hp in ), and foot-pounds of torque at a low and convenient rpm. It does 0 to 60 in seconds with the satisfying DSG 6-speed auto-manual transmission, and there's plenty of smooth power at high speeds.

The 6-speed manual transmission is a pleasure, but the DSG (built by the House of Audi) is the best of its kind, with sharp shifts in auto or manual mode, although in the GLI we found that it surged a bit around town. Well-placed steering-wheel paddles come with the DSG. They're very tidy and effective, more like tabs than paddles. Volkswagen is good on ergonomics.

There's road noise on rough asphalt, even in the GLI. It's rated at 32 mpg highway, which (unlike with the Hybrid) is what we got. On a mile road trip, often running mph, we got mpg headed north and mpg headed south, on recommended premium fuel. One thing that bugged us was the gas cap cover, which didn't pop open as designed. It took fingernails.

We also got a lot of seat time in the Hybrid, with a liter turbocharged inter-cooled engine with horsepower electric motor. It's not very quick, although VW claims it's the quickest compact sedan hybrid which might be true. It's nice that the DSG transmission is standard, with 7 speeds in the Hybrid. It's rated at 42/48 mpg, but we only got mpg over miles, half casual city and half freeway at 72 mph. And it takes premium fuel, while the others run on regular or diesel.

The Hybrid uses regenerative braking, converting heat to electrical energy. You can feel it in the brake pedal. At very slow speeds the brakes are too sensitive, but at 30 mph the sensitivity goes away; that inconsistency is a problem because your foot and brain can't keep adjusting back and forth. You're either bouncing your forehead off the steering wheel in parking lots, or nearly crashing into the car in front of you when slowing for red lights. At freeway speeds the pedal feels normal.

Our favorite powertrain is the Jetta TDI with DSG transmission. The liter turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine makes horsepower and an impressive lb-ft of torque. Its time is an unimpressive seconds, but we can live with that because fuel economy is in the mpg range. Put our favorite powertrain in our favorite body style, the SportWagen, and we're happy.

Summary

The Volkswagen Jetta has models for different needs and budgets. The S with its low price is not the best bargain, as the SE offers more value. The new Hybrid offers less than the diesel TDI, for more money. The TDI SportWagen remains a winner in everybody's book except those who need size and horsepower or all-wheel drive. And if you want a midsize VW sport sedan, the GLI is there for you.

Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drives of the GLI and Hybrid in the Northwest, and S models in San Francisco. Kirk Bell reported after driving the TDI and SportWagen in Herndon, Virginia.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volkswagen Jetta S sedan ($16,), SE sedan ($18,), SEL sedan ($25,), TDI sedan ($23,19), GLI ($24,), Hybrid SE ($27,), Hybrid SEL ($29,) ), Hybrid SEL Premium ($31,), SportWagen S ($20,), SportWagen SE ($24,), SportWagen TDI ($26,)
Engines:hp liter inline-4; hp liter turbocharged inline4, hp liter inline-5; hp liter TDI turbodiesel inline-4; hp liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automated manual; 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automated manual
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains, tire pressure monitor, traction control, ESC, ABS with brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):HID headlamps, rearview camera
Basic warranty:3 years/36, miles
Assembled in:Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn with Navigation ($29,)
Standard equipment:V-Tex leatherette upholstery, power sunroof, RSN touch-screen navigation system, heated front seats, air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with trunk pass-through, power windows, power door locks, heated power mirrors with turn signals, keyless access and starting, Fender premium audio system with auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bluetooth, theft-deterrent system, illuminated visor mirrors, floor mats, heated windshield washers, fog lights, HID headlamps, rearview camera, inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSPR):$
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:liter direct injection turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm): @
Transmission:6-speed automated manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:24/32 mpg
Wheelbase: in.
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Track, f/r:/ in.
Turning circle: ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:/na/ in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: in.
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Cargo volume: cu. ft.
Payload: Lbs.
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut with lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: in.
Curb weigth: lbs.
Tires:/40R18
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VW Jetta TDI Review - 2011-2018 - 6th Gen

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Trendline+ Review

The last Jetta produced for our market suffered noticeably from cost-cutting measures and was lambasted for its cheap interior's lack of quality. Those issues have been largely addressed, with soft-touch dash materials in the top-spec Jetta, as well as standard independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes across the model range.

Volkswagen manufactures some 14 different powertrains globally from traditional gasoline combustion to plug-in hybrid to full-on electric -- and they realize that there's no single solution to conserving fuel and reducing emissions. Each market has different requirements, and the company has been promoting their diesel engines as a good choice for thrifty Canadians. Volkswagen has been selling diesel since the s, and clean diesel now comprises 28% of their sales.

What is a Volkswagen Jetta TDI?
A compact sedan with German engineering, the Jetta is comfortable yet rather plain when it comes to luxury. For a compact, the Jetta looks and behaves like a larger sedan. Despite its small, maneuverable size the Jetta makes a great family vehicle with litres of trunk space (more than the Corolla, Focus, Civic or Cruze).

For , the Jetta is now available with TDI on all trim levels, where previously it was available only on the range-topping models.

Volkswagen Jetta Price and Specs
The Jetta ranges in price from $14,$29, and is available with a L L4 turbo producing hp/ lb-ft, a L L4 rated at hp/ lb-ft or the L inline 4-cylinder turbodiesel found in my tester. It puts out hp and lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. It's a good match for the 1,kg sedan.

The Jetta TDI Trendline+ starts at $22,, with an optional $ Connectivity Package and a 6-speed automated sequential transmission for $1,

Inside and Out the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Trendline+
Outwardly, the Jetta is attractive, yet conservatively styled. With its clean, blocky lines, the Jetta is totally Germanic in design. The 15" standard steel rims don't do much for the Jetta's appearance, however, moving up through the trim lines adds larger and much prettier multi-spoke alloys.

Inside, the cabin is very simple, and as mentioned before, not at all luxurious. Having been blasted in the past for their shoddy, dated interior quality, Volkswagen has improved the Jetta's cabin quite a bit -- although there are still the odd bits of flashing on plastic edges around the gauge bezel.

Seating is power adjustable, supportive, and covered with durable upholstery.

It's a comfortable, well-functioning space, and the switchgear and centre console are ergonomically logical if not stylish. There's no Navigation, no fancy touchscreen, and the tiny display is only a step above the one in my year-old hatchback. But there's a nice little trip computer between the gauges, and an $ connectivity package that easily accepts my Blackberry. There is a stereo, and it does make noise. Higher trim lines receive a really decent Fender sound system, but it's part of a $1, Technology package.

Driving the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Trendline+
The Jetta's German pedigree becomes obvious as soon as you've hit the road. The ride is quite firm, yet pleasantly so for those of us who enjoy composure and road feel over cushiony comfort. The former torsion beam rear suspension is gone, replaced with independent suspension all around. As a result, the Jetta offers a very composed and confidence-inspiring ride through turns and over rough pavement.

Although base model Jettas still retain the old hydraulic steering setup, the rest of the lineup (including this one) has electro-mechanical steering that's geared towards fuel efficiency rather than responsiveness. Fairly precise and nicely weighted, the steering increases in weight at highway speed.

What the Jetta sacrifices in luxury, it makes up for in safety. All Jettas come well-equipped with standard features like six air bags, electronic stability system, four-wheel ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, and head restraints.

The Jetta's powertrain seems perfectly matched to its size and handling. The L diesel engine feels well-matched to the car's size, and effortlessly moves it along at a brisk pace. It's easy to forget that there's a diesel under-hood, until you roll the window down. Even then, it's by no means unpleasant.

Fuel consumption wasn't as good as it could be, thanks to the extreme cold. I averaged around L/km, yet I've previously gotten L/km while driving the same model during nicer weather. Of course, all the climate controls and seat warmers necessary also take their toll on fuel consumption.

Comparing the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.
The Jetta’s main competitors are the Chevy Cruze Diesel, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic (hybrid model available), Mazda3 (hello SKYACTIV!), and Ford Focus EcoBoost.

Overall, the Jetta is an extremely pleasant and capable daily driver, and well worth a look for those in the market for a compact car.

Experts

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95%

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National Motorists Association Blog

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars.

One of the few &#; one of the two &#; that&#;s not is VW&#;s Jetta TDI.

Its only competition is the Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only other diesel-powered sedan you can currently buy for less than $25k.

But in the Chevy&#;s case, just barely.

Its MSRP is $24, &#; and unless you possess epic haggling skills, the out-the-door price (including taxes and tags) is almost certain to be over $25k.

Meanwhile, the Jetta TDI&#;s base price is just over $21k &#; so getting one out-the-door for under $25k ought to be doable.

But there&#;s more to it than just dollars and cents (and MPGs). The Jetta is also appealing for what it has &#; and hasn&#;t got.

Like a manual transmission (with an automatic optional) as opposed to the Chevy&#;s one-choice-fits-all automatic transmission only.

And multiple body styles &#; sedan and wagon. The Cruze comes just one way (sedan).

Looks like someone brought a knife to a gun fight.

And it&#;s not VW.

WHAT IT IS

The Jetta is VW&#;s mid-sized sedan/wagon a bit smaller than the Passat &#; a bit larger than the compact-sized Golf hatchback sedan.

It&#;s available with both gas and diesel and hybrid powertrains.

The TDI (turbo direct injection) diesel Jetta sedan&#;s base price is $21, with the six-speed manual transmission. With the optional Direct Shift (DSG) six-speed automatic transmission, the sticker reads $22,

A Chevy Cruze diesel &#; the only other car in this class that&#;s available with a diesel engine &#; starts at $24,

The Cruze diesel&#;s highway mileage (46 MPG) is better than the VW&#;s (42 MPG) but the VW does better in city driving (30 MPG vs. 27 for the Chevy) so the two cars&#; &#;combined&#; MPG (34 for the VW, 33 for the Chevy) is dead heat.

WHAT&#;S NEW

When the current Jetta came out a couple of years ago, there were complaints about cheap-outs, including drum rear brakes being standard. All Jettas come standard with four-wheel-disc brakes now, as well as an independent rear suspension.

TDI Jettas come standard with a &#;soft touch&#; dashpad, fancier faux leather interior trim, excellent seat heaters and 16 inch wheels.

WHAT&#;S GOOD

Best value &#; period.

Standard manual transmission &#; and no fuel economy penalty for selecting it.

Sedan &#; or wagon &#; bodystyle.

Vastly roomier inside (both rows) than the Cruze.

Quicker than the Cruze diesel (with either transmission) and just as economical to drive.

But costs less to buy.

WHAT&#;S NOT SO GOOD

Uh&#;

Well&#;

Hmmmm&#;

They&#;re not giving them away?

You can&#;t turn the DRLs off?

UNDER THE HOOD

TDI Jettas are propelled by a liter, hp turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine paired with either a six-speed manual transmission (standard) or (optionally) a six-speed DSG &#;automated manual.&#; The DSG is a more efficient form of automatic that combines design elements (and inherent efficiencies) of a conventional manual transmission but with the put-it-in-drive and forget-about-it convenience of fully automatic transmission.

Interestingly, your rated mileage will be identical regardless of transmission choice. The manual six-speed Jetta and DSG automatic-equipped Jetta both deliver the same 30 city, 42 highway. Often, there will be a mileage penalty to pay for choosing a manual over an automatic transmission, but that is not the case here.

Chevy&#;s Cruze diesel produces slightly more power ( hp) and torque ( ft.-lbs. vs. ft.-lbs. for the TDI VW). Its highway mileage (46 MPG) is best-in-class (and better than the Jetta TDI&#;s 42 MPG on the highway) but this is mitigated (in the Jetta&#;s favor) by the Chevy&#;s lower city mileage (27 MPG vs. 30 for the VW) as well as the Jetta TDI&#;s much lower price tag.

There is also a performance gap.

Both versions of the Jetta TDI (manual and automatic) are quicker than the Cruze, The automatic-only Chevy gets there is seconds while the DSG Jetta does the same deed in seconds.

The manual Jetta is quicker still.

Why the disparity &#; given the Chevy&#;s got the stronger engine?

Because it&#;s the heavier car &#; 3, lbs. at the curb vs. 3, for the VW.

Another debit against the Chevy: Its diesel engine requires diesel exhaust fluid in order to pass muster, emissions-wise. This means periodic top-offs of DEF as well as diesel fuel.

The Jetta TDI manages to be smog-legal without the DEF.

This saves you some money &#; as well as some hassle.

ON THE ROAD

Diesels are known for their excellent mileage. As word gets out about their now-excellent performance, their popularity is certain to increase.

Consider: The Jetta TDI accelerates to 60 several seconds more quickly than a Prius hybrid &#; which needs seconds to get there (vs. for the TDI VW).

But there&#;s more to it than getting-going.

Another virtue of the diesel-powered car relative to a hybrid car is how at home it feels on the highway. Hybrids are optimized for low-speed (and stop-and-go) driving. On the highway, their powertrains are often working hard to keep up &#; especially at speeds over 70 MPH. The gas engine is not only on continuously (because at highway speeds, a hybrid&#;s electric battery drains in minutes, forcing the gas engine to kick on to keep you moving) it is small and underpowered &#; and it shows.

And sounds.

Lots of engine-revving contretemps. Very little in the way of reserves on tap.

Remember: A hybrid&#;s gas engine is only half the hybrid&#;s powertrain (the other half being the electric motor and battery pack) and it&#;s typically a very small gas engine. Or rather, small for the car. Because it&#;s only needed part-time and because that&#;s how hybrids save fuel.

A diesel-powered car like the Jetta TDI, on the other hand, happily hums along at MPH with the engine barely working to maintain speed. It has no batteries to deplete. And it will go plus miles (on the highway) before it needs a top-off.

Now, you may have checked the specs and are saying to yourself: Wait a minute. The Prius is rated 48 MPG on the highway. That&#;s better than both the Jetta TDI and the Chevy Cruze diesel.

Which is true. If you don&#;t drive plus MPH.

Keep it at ish and the Prius&#; mileage may be as advertised. But then, you&#;ll be the slowest moving thing on the road &#; a true Road Clover. If you keep up with traffic &#; which these days means maintaining MPH on most highways &#; I assure you a Prius&#; highway mileage will be nowhere near as advertised.

And not as good as the Jetta&#;s or the Cruze&#;s.

The other side of the coin here is that the Jetta TDI (and for that matter, the Cruze diesel) drives less clunky than the Prius, which handles awkwardly, does not appreciate sudden steering inputs (as when swerving to avoid a deer) and (per above) is much noisier under duress (as when accelerating).

Relative to the gas-engined Jetta, the TDI Jetta&#;s other big plus is its down-low grunt. The diesel engine produces much more torque than either of the Jetta&#;s two available gas-burning engines. In fact, the TDI engine produces almost twice the torque of the base Jetta&#;s gas-burning engine: ft.-lbs. vs. ft.-lbs.) and makes it much sooner (at 1, RPM vs. 4, RPM).

Translation: When you push the &#;gas&#; pedal, the diesel engine pulls much harder with less pedal pushing. In fact, it will spin the tires if you push it more than half-way down coming off the line. The abundant and easily accessed torque (which is maintained throughout the powerband) also makes part-throttle merging and passing a relaxing experience. You will find that you rarely need to work the engine hard.

But it&#;s fun to do it sometimes.

AT THE CURB

Looks are subjective.

The Jetta&#;s roomier-than-thou (well, roomier-than-Cruze) interior isn&#;t.

Take a gander: The Jetta has inches of legroom up front and &#; here&#;s the really big one &#; inches of legroom in the second row. Compare those numbers with the Cruze&#;s. It has slightly better front-seat legroom ( inches) but its backseat legroom ( inches) is not even in the ballpark. For those who haven&#;t got a calculator handy, the VW has almost 3 inches more legroom in the second row. That&#;s the difference between tight &#; and comfortable.

Same goes for trunk space, by the way. The Chevy&#;s got cubic feet; the VW cubic feet.

Inside and out, the Jetta is Teutonically tidy. Alles in ordnung ist.

Straightforward layout. Analog gauges facing you; demure piano black and brushed nickel trim plates in not-excessive quantity. Sensible &#; purposeful &#; pull-up emergency brake lever. Large, rotary controls for the temperature, fan and air outlet settings. Generous &#;scoops&#; built into the lower door panels to accommodate stuff. Superb paint quality &#; including the door jambs and underside of the trunk and hood.

Thoughtful touches include a separate dome light for the second row occupants, controlled by a high-class-looking rotary knob.

Is there anything not to like?

I found one small thing &#; literally.

The center console storage area is hilariously tiny. You might fit a pack of cigs in it.

THE REST

The argument has been put forward that the usually higher cost of the diesel-powered version of a given car (and the always-higher cost of diesel fuel) takes away from the economic case for buying a diesel-powered car over its gas-engined equivalent.

If we&#;re talking Chevrolet, that is a compelling argument.

Even if you manage to buy one for &#;sticker,&#; you&#;re still looking at about $25k. Which eats away a lot at the putative mileage advantage&#; relative to the Jetta.

Which you can buy for about $3, less.

And which will give you almost exactly the same MPGs, overall.

And the $3, ($3, to be precise) you saved on the car? At current prices ($ per gallon in my neck of the woods) that&#;s worth almost 1, gallons of fuel. The Jetta TDI&#;s &#;combined&#; (EPA&#;s terminology for average) fuel economy is 33 MPG.

Got your calculator? That&#;s 33, miles &#; give or take &#; of free driving.

If you buy the Jetta TDI over the Chevy Cruze diesel.

Parenthetically, the same argument applies with equal force vis-a-vis the Prius hybrid, which has a base of $24, And while its mileage on paper might be better, in the real-world, it&#;s often not. And even if it were, the Prius will eventually have issues with its batteries. Whereas the TDI diesel should deliver Methuselean longevity (,plus miles) before it begins to show signs of getting tired.

Or, from another angle: The money you save on the car can be put toward options. Maybe the eight-speaker Fender premium audio rig, for instance.

Or the sunroof.

THE BOTTOM LINE

What&#;s not to like?

Very little (perhaps maybe the little center console cubby).

Sure, diesel fuel could be cheaper (it&#;s not, courtesy of the government) which would make a car such as this even more appealing.

But even given not-cheap diesel fuel, the Jetta TDI rights the math. This is a car that makes sense.

But which is also a lot more than merely sensible.

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Volkswagen Turbo Diesel TDI One Year Ownership Review - 2015 Jetta TDI

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review With Update by Carey Russ +VIDEO


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VW Jetta

Want great fuel economy and a great driving experience? This is your new car!

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WITH CAREY RUSS

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Do you like to go as far as possible on as little fuel as possible? But do you want an actual driving, as opposed to a mere operating, experience with that frugality? Never mind the hybrids, you might want to take a look at a contemporary diesel.

Here in the U.S., affordable diesel means Volkswagen TDI. Which also means a European calibration to the suspension and so driving experience, and typically VW upscale interior design and materials. Case in point: VW's most popular offering in the US market, the Jetta sedan.

When the latest generation of Jetta made its debut in model year , VW wanted to expand its customer base here. That meant lower prices, to compete more directly with the Japanese and American brands. And that meant "de-contenting", as in reversion to a torsion-beam rear axle and use of less-expensive hard plastics for interior surfaces, among other less-obvious cost-cutting. The VW Faithful screamed, but sales noticeably improved.

And VW listened to its fans as well. It took a few years, but as of the rear torsion-beam was replaced by a fully-independent multilink system in all models, for improved ride and handling. The liter five-cylinder engine used in the SE and SEL trim levels gave way to a lighter-weight liter four-cylinder turbo with the same horsepower and improved torque. The liter, hp base engine, liter, hp turbo in the GLI, and liter, hp turbo-diesel in the TDI remained unchanged. For now&#;

I first drove the new T when VW did its full-line product introduction last Fall, and then for a week earlier this year. Milder in tune and suspension calibration than the GLI, it's still sportier than the average compact sedan and was never boring. More recently, I spent a week with a fairly basic-spec TDI. With only horsepower, one might think it would be slow and boring. One would be wrong, very wrong. Never overlook torque, in this case lb-ft -- a bit more than the GLI's As the old saying goes, horsepower is what you brag about; torque is what you feel. Here, allied with VW's twin-clutch automated manual DSG, acceleration was plenty strong enough at the speeds commonly used around town and on back roads, falling off a bit over 50 mph. No complaint there -- without trying to save fuel, city and back road driving returned 30 mpg or better, with plus on the highway. With suspension and steering for a true driving experience, and no loss of trunk space to batteries.

My Jetta TDI test car was the "base" TDI. With alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius/XM satellite radio, all currently-popular audio choices including streaming audio, V-Tex leatherette, and more, it's hardly a "base model". Below it is the "Value Edition" with steel wheels, cloth seats, and lower-spec audio. Above are Premium, adding a rearview camera, Fender (yeah, that Fender) audio system, and more. Premium With Navigation adds a touchscreen nav system and SD card reader.

In all, transmissions are six-speed stick or DSG. The stick is more fun; the DSG is less stressful in traffic. If your last experience with a VW diesel was a long-ago Rabbit, this is not that. The VW Jetta TDI proves that diesels can be fun. And economical.

APPEARANCE: Changes to the current Jetta have been minimal since its debut, and the clean, simple lines are aging well. Taillights have gone from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, and minor restylings of front and rear fascias are noticeable only to committed VW fans. It's a three-box sedan that is not embarrassed to be a sedan, although boxiness is kept a bay by a good balance between angles and curves. Badging is the only way to tell a TDI from other Jettas.

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VW Jetta

COMFORT: Inside, the Jetta has been noticeably re-contented. Here are the simple geometric shapes and close tolerances that VW has been know for, with soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and aluminum binding (or a convincing imitation thereof) around the vents and instruments. The V-Tex-covered front seats are better than expected in the price class, and are mostly manually-adjustable. Seatback angle is power, a definite improvement over the awkwardly-placed knobs in earlier VWs. Yes, the driver's cushion height is adjustable, manually, as are the tilt and reach of the leather-rimmed steering wheel.

Visibility is good, even to the rear. There is plenty of useful storage around the interior, including a locking glovebox, console box with external audio interface, and storage and drink bottle holders in all doors. The size increase of the current Jetta is put to best use for rear-seat passengers, with upscale amenities like floor heat vents and end-of-console AC vents as well. The trunk is commendably large, and under its floor where usually lurks a space-saver donut or, worse, a can of sealant, I found a real spare -- a /65R15 Bridgestone Turanza vs. the four /55R16 Continentals, but correct diameter and safer and more useful than the usual choices.

SAFETY: The Jetta's unibody structure is designed and built for optimum safety, with controlled deformation in a collision. Frontal, front-seat side, and full-length side curtain airbags add further passive protection. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes plus electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), hydraulic brake assist (HBA), and electronic stability control (ESC) add further protection. If a crash does happen, the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) unlocks the doors, shuts off the fuel pump, and activated the hazard lights.

RIDE AND HANDLING: Like other regular (non-GLI) Jetta models, the TDI has a firmer suspension tuning than the popular compact choices. The now all-independent, strut front, multilink rear suspension is sport-touring as opposed to pure sport, but still offers an engaging driving experience and good comfort. Good four-wheel disc brakes and properly-executed electrically-assisted rack-and-pinion steering deserve credit here, too.

PERFORMANCE: With maximum torque ( lb-ft worth) at a low rpm, the Jetta TDI gets up and moves strongly and quickly up to around 50 or 60 mph, where thrust lessens. Watch your mirrors on the Autobahn, but this should present few problems in American driving. Maximum horsepower is "only" (at rpm), but that's enough to keep it moving highway speeds with little effort. The DSG "automatic", a racing-type twin-clutch automated manual gearbox that is more efficient than a torque converter, shifts quickly and smoothly once it has warmed up, and does offer manual-shift mode. Which is useful for tight, hilly country roads, but the wide torque band of the diesel means that shifting is not often a necessity. The DSG also serves to keep the engine out of the rev limiter, which I have become acquainted with in manual TDIs. After all, its wild cousins over at Audi have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans how many times? GLI it may not be, but the TDI is a long ways from a slow, smoky old Rabbit Diesel. With minimal regard to highest mileage, I saw low 30s around town and on back roads and low to mids on the highway. Figure an average in the mids -- as good as some hybrid sedans.

CONCLUSIONS: Want great fuel economy and a great driving experience? Think diesel, Volkswagen TDI.




SPECIFICATIONS

Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Base Price $ 24,

Price As Tested $ 25,

Engine Type 16 valve DOHC turbo-diesel

Engine Size liters / cu. in.

Horsepower @ rpm

Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm

Transmission 6-speed automated dual-clutch manual

Wheelbase / Length in. / in.

Curb Weight lbs.

Pounds Per Horsepower

Fuel Capacity gal.

Fuel Requirement ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel

Tires /55R16 91H Continental ProContact m+s

Brakes, front/rear vented disc / solid disc, ABS, ESC, EBD, HBA

Suspension, front/rear independent strut / independent multi-link

Drivetrain transverse front engine, front-wheel drive

PERFORMANCE

EPA Fuel Economy - miles per gallon city / highway / observed 30 / 42 / 35

0 to 60 mph est sec

OPTIONS AND CHARGES

Destination Charge $

Update

The Jetta, revealed at the New York International Auto Show in April, goes on sale "third quarter of ", and will get some changes. Most apparent are front and rear restylings that bring it closer to the larger Passat. The latest electronic driver assistance and safety systems, including blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning, and parking distance control, will be offered. Fuel economy is expected to improve due to lowered aerodynamic resistance and low rolling-resistance tires. (Which won't necessarily improve the fun factor&#;) Interior changes include new materials and trim. Of most interest in the engine compartment is the TDI, which gets the latest version of VW's liter turbodiesel, developed from the same EA architecture as the gasoline T. Horsepower is up a bit, to , peaking between and rpm, with torque the familiar lb-ft, between and rpm. Fuel economy is expected to increase by a couple of miles per gallon all around. So, just like it has been, but a little bit better.





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Cheap Diesel: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Value Edition Costs $22,

Jetta Gets 5-Star NCAP Score from NHTSA

Oil burning just got a whole lot cheaper. Amid news that the VW Jetta lineup earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the $22, Volkswagen Jetta TDI Value Edition was announced this morning, making the Jetta far and away the cheapest diesel-powered car in the United States.

The Jetta TDI, already the cheapest diesel-powered car in America, gets cheaper by basing the new Jetta TDI Value Edition off of the base Jetta S, rather than the higher-spec Jetta SE. The Jetta TDI Value Edition keeps the Jetta S' inch steelies and lack of visual flourishes, and adds VW's hp and lb-ft of torque liter turbodiesel I-4, electric power steering, heated cloth seats, cruise control, and two extra speakers.

The Jetta TDI Value Edition starts at $22, when equipped with the six-speed manual, $ less than 's cheapest Jetta TDI. The only available option - Volkswagen's DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic - costs $, bringing the price to $23, No matter the transmission, the VW Jetta TDI Value Edition nets an EPA estimated 30/42 mpg city/highway.

In other Jetta news, Volkswagen also announced that the model has earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA as part of the administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). A 5-star NCAP rating is earned by acing the NHTSA's front, side, and rollover crash tests. The Jetta joins the Beetle Coupe and Passat as Volkswagen's 5-star-rated vehicles.

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