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For 2009, Volkswagen is re-introducing the Jetta TDI with an all-new turbodiesel engine that emissions standards in all 50 states. (To more about the differences gasoline engines and diesels, go .) Diesel fans (including me) diesel cars for their power and hybrid-like fuel Detractors say diesels are smoky, and slow. Will the new TDI advance the of diesel?

Read on. $22,640 $24,190 as tested, EPA fuel estimates 29-30 MPG city, MPG highway.

First Glance: My love

Telling car fans you like diesels is a bit like football fans that you watching men in tight clothing all over each other. so, I will freely admit I am a huge fan of diesel cars the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Why do I diesels?

Because they their promises: Decent outstanding fuel economy, and longevity. Contrast that to with all the accompanying debate real world fuel vs. EPA estimates, hypermiling, battery and recyclability, etc. etc.

Diesels are simple: Drive all get great fuel economy. the next day, and the next, and the and onwards for the next two or three thousand miles.


For those with diesel cars, the Jetta TDI almost sounds too to be true. According to Volkswagen, the TDI is quicker to 60 MPH than a gasoline-powered plus it’s 50% more and (when comparably equipped) just $1300 more. My test drive experience that isn’t entirely The Jetta TDI is closer to 100% fuel-efficient than the gas-powered and thanks to the Advanced Lean Technology Tax Credit, the TDI actually as much as $550 less a similarly-equipped gas-powered Jetta.

but who wants to drive a diesel? If what you’re thinking, reading now, head on to your local Volkswagen and take a test drive. been a member of the diesel section for years, and even I was surprised by the Jetta TDI.

In the Driver’s Seat: Practical but

Driver’s view of the Jetta TDI a view you could mistake for any or Rabbit. or GTI. or R32. or.

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Every I drive a Jetta — and has to be the fourth or fifth one I’ve — I always marvel at how it is. The interior (link goes to is straightforward, if a bit plasticky and plain. The position is spot-on perfect a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel, how could it be but?); visibility is great and plenty of back seat The trunk is big with a flat and sides, making it easy to

Need more space? No — the Jetta TDI is also as a wagon .

I mentioned above how a TDI compares on price to a comparably-equipped Jetta. If there’s a catch, is it: There is no entry-level Jetta The TDI’s standard equipment includes six-disc CD changer, seats, electronic stability — basically everything get on the top-of-the-line Jetta SEL except a and an automatic transmission. The sunroof standard on the Jetta TDI Loyal I tested; it also had an automatic ($1,100), which brought the up to $24,190 — $750 than a Jetta SEL.

Subtract the Advanced Lean tax credit — $1,300 off the line of your 1040 and there’s your $550 I’m pleased to see a diesel car so priced, though I wish VW a lower-spec TDI. The base-model S is priced at $17,990; surely could deliver a low-end TDI for under $20k.

On the Road: with diesel

The Jetta TDI is by an all-new 2-liter 4-cylinder engine which runs on clean diesel fuel. yet, the Jetta TDI does not AdBlue fluid (a refillable solution required by the emissions of most 50-state-compliant diesels). The delivers 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of compare that to 170 hp and 177 lb-ft for the 2.5 5-cylinder engine in the gas-powered (Horsepower is a function of engine diesels turn slower gas engines, hence the low hp number.) A manual is standard, and automatic like the one I drove get VW’s Direct Shift Gearbox. a twin-clutch transmission usually in performance models like the GTI and The DSG delivers more power and fuel economy than a automatic, hence its use in the Jetta (Read more about DSG .)

Off-the-line acceleration is not the Jetta strong suit. Floor the and there’s a pause, a slow a sudden surge of power, another slowdown as the engine into its 4,500 RPM redline. But develop huge amounts of torque, and when you put your down to pass a slow-moving RV, the delivers the sort of acceleration expect from a small V6.

How diesel-like is the Jetta TDI? I up the DIESEL FUEL ONLY and asked my Prius-owning friend to Neither the quiet grumble at nor the soft thrum while tipped him off — with no and no smoke, he had no idea he was driving a until I told him.

End: Did I mention fuel

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Aaron Gold

There’s one thing I haven’t talked Fuel economy. EPA estimates for the Jetta TDI are 29 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. I those numbers without trying — my test-week was 42.9 MPG.

Compare to the low 20s I typically see in gas-powered Jettas and the MPG I usually get out of the Toyota Prius Lowest observed fuel was 28 MPG while thrashing the Jetta TDI on the Top Secret Curvy Test (lots of fun, by the way); was a highway run with the cruise set at 67, I averaged 55 MPG. Even cruise, most of my highway averaged 48 MPG or better.

Bottom line: The VW Jetta TDI is one more reason why I love cars. The Jetta TDI is quick, clean and incredibly efficient, it’s comfortable, practical, and fun to If most of your driving is in stop-and-go traffic, a hybrid the Prius will probably you more at the pump. But if you do average of driving, the Jetta TDI is an above-average — Aaron Gold

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