Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI – Review and Test Drive

In 2010, the ratio of buyers who chose the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI versus the gasoline-powered variant was more than four to one.  After spending a week with the JSW (as it’s often called), I quickly discovered why.
The Jetta SportWagen, known as the Golf Variant in its home market, Germany, …

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

What Will The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Test Car Be?

The Diesel Driver’s two long-term test cars are the BMW 335d and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI
In August, The Diesel Driver will add a third long-term car to its diesel-powered test fleet.   Currently, four car manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, offer a total of 14 cars and SUVs in the …

Diesel Economics: U.S. Sales Double in 2010

Diesel Economics: U.S. Sales Double in 2010

An in-depth analysis of new car sales data by The Diesel Driver shows that monthly diesel sales doubled in 2010 and that buyers showed increasingly strong preference for diesel-powered cars compared to the gasoline-powered equivalent models.
The Diesel Driver analyzed 2010 new-car sales data provided by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, …

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Auto: The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

A 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is now part of The Diesel Driver’s long-term test fleet.  Diesel Driver readers correctly guessed that the new auto would be a Volkswagen (30% said VW, 28% Audi, 25% Mercedes-Benz, and 17% BMW).
There are a lot of things we like about the new Jetta.  For …

The Diesel Driver 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Calendar Released

The Diesel Driver’s 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI calendar is now available online for immediate delivery.
The Diesel Driver’s 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI calendar captures the elegant design of VW’s sleek new Jetta sedan.  The Jetta has been completely redesigned and reengineered and
Volkswagen has done an excellent job in engineering …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and SEL – First Road Test and Review

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and SEL – First Road Test and Review

Highway 1 runs along much of California’s Pacific coast and some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.  Portions of it are known as the Pacific Coast Highway, the Cabrillo Highway, and the Shoreline Highway.
I spent two days driving the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta (see last month’s First Review …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta – First Review

2011 Volkswagen Jetta – First Review

For decades, American car makers have been trying – with varying degrees of success – to design and build cars that are European.  Now a German car maker, Volkswagen, has designed a German car, the 2011 Jetta, with a U.S. audience in mind.
In this case, the U.S. audience is one …

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel (as well as gasoline-electric hybrid) automobiles are typically sold at a higher price point than their petrol-only counterparts with the difference typically being several thousand dollars.
For example, the BMW 335d’s list price is $43,950 while a similarly-equipped 335i is $41,975.  The diesel-powered BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (BMW parlance …

BMW and VW Diesels Among 10 Best Engines for 2010

BMW and VW Diesels Among 10 Best Engines for 2010

Two clean-diesel engines were among the ten best engines for 2010, as selected by Ward’s, an automotive news and data provider.
Six editors from Ward’s nominated a total of 34 engines available in regular production cars in the United States priced no more than $54,000.
The two diesel winners were BMW, for …

First Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

First Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

On a round-trip to Philadelphia from New York City for a meeting, the Jetta averaged 43 mpg on the highway (with speeds ranging from 55 to 80 mph).  The Jetta provided a steady supply of power with just a hint of turbo lag and its torque made passing easy.
The easiest …