2004 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon Test drive and new car review

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2004 Jetta Wagon, Wide

 Philip

VW’s Jetta has much the personality as the Golf, no surprise it’s built on an identical Compact, attractive, family-oriented, of a driver’s car, the Jetta TDI offers a spacious, practical area. Adding a 4-cylinder and 5-speed automatic provides the touch: exceptional economy. and side airbags, side protection included.

Price in US at $20,460. Warranty: 4-yrs, mi total car, 5 yrs, mi powertrain.

The bottom level of huge car decks in the giant BC ferries is dimly lit and mostly by diesel-powered tractor-trailers and intercity Jammed in any remaining spaces are a few cars. Waiting for the ship to feeling slightly intimidated by the trucks on either side, I decided I was one of the boys for I, too, was a diesel! Turning on the engine, I myself with the thought the boys must have impressed with how this little car could make a great clattering noise. Of the illusion didn’t last a chorus of monster truck drowned out everything but a few hull as our ship reversed to a halt.

In truth, however, the 2004 Jetta TDI Wagon is much than diesels of old, and the on start-up quickly becomes a hum during acceleration and cruise. I to find comfort in the assurance it was delivering extraordinary economy and probably outlast any gasoline Combined with the practical and very attractive – wagon body, this diesel offers a unique solution for an era of high fuel

In the Driver’s Seat

Were it not for the that I once owned VW which were simple but so well they almost luxurious, I might have surprised at the luxury of our test The quality of the fittings, especially the instrument panel, is first-rate. leather seating adds to the even smells rich.

power remote-locking doors, windows, mirrors, and an efficient sunroof, are part of the package, seats are not. The 2004 Jetta TDI Wagon relies on old-fashioned knurled knobs to the backrests and although I like for their nostalgia and the way they can be set (unlike typical notch-type adjusters), most people I suspect, prefer little motors. The layout of the dashboard is in the mode; functional, driver-oriented, clearly-presented instruments.

No problem with front comfort but the rear seat is for tall people, better to children or folks along for a ride. Open the tailgate, and the cargo area is capacious and one or both sides of the rear folded, huge. Maybe not plywood huge but big enough to home an antique hutch.

If a decorator, here’s your

You might find it hard to the 4-cylinder, 1.9-liter turbo is rated at only 100 hp, but it’s that matters where is concerned. And the Jetta engine, most diesels, has a ton of same. comes on at very low rpm’s, always in the right rev range by the 5-speed automatic, a perfect for this car. A quick of the throttle delivers instant better, in fact, than the gasoline-powered Jetta.

Yet you’ll be hard-pressed to exceed rpm, while highway is usually done around the rpm mark. This contributes to running once underway of course, amazing fuel in two weeks of driving I spent $21 for a The transmission has a driver-select sequential-change but it’s totally unnecessary and out of Steering turn-in is sharp and body lean is set, the settles nicely into the

Disc brakes all-round ABS take care of the stopping. I go so far as to call it a sports-wagon, but the 2004 TDI Wagon handles well to be enjoyable on curving roads. noise is subdued, an expansive aids vision.

Journey’s End


In North America the Volkswagen TDI Wagon is probably going to be of a niche car; not for everyone. It appeal to buyers who prefer dimensions for city driving and are to give up a little rear room, who can use the versatility of a wagon, and who a level of refinement rarely in cars of this class. buyers probably plan to their car for a long time, so reap a bundle of cash in savings while enjoying an that just keeps on and going, to paraphrase a well-known TV

The diesel, in spite of how it echos in the of a ship, is a vast improvement previous generations and yes, clean. But some folks, on the sound and feel of gasoline would probably never to the difference. Those who do will be a handsome vehicle that to oversize cargo and feels at in both town and country.

If ever I get a chance to tour the decorator shops in Montecito, Santa Barbara, the 2004 Jetta TDI Wagon is the car I’d to do it in.

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