2011 Volkswagen Jetta – First Review

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The 2011 Jetta TDI is powered by the same 140-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as the current Jetta TDI – and it’s the same engine that gave Volkswagen a Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption.  The 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) of diesel torque starts at $22,995 and comes with all of the features of the SE – including the convenience package and the sunroof, which makes the additional cost of the diesel variant only $2,200.

For $24,195, Volkswagen adds keyless access and push-button start, a 5” touchscreen satellite navigation system, lumbar adjustment for the driver, fog lamps, a chrome grill, and interior metal-look accents.

The Jetta TDI can go faster than other 2011 Jettas (209 km/h or 130 mph versus 204 km/h or 127 mph for the petrol SE/L and 193 km/h or 120 mph for the Jetta S).  It travels from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, a figure that is somewhat slower than the last Jetta we tested back in 2009 (see chart below for a complete year-by-year comparison).  Fuel economy for the 2011, however, is somewhat improved.

The 2011 Jetta TDI uses only 7.8 l/100 km (30 mpg) in the city and a mere 5.6 l/100 km (42 mpg) on the highway – and this figure doesn’t change if you opt for the smooth-shifting DSG automatic.  Furthermore, it’s likely that owners will see even better fuel economy.  The 2010 Jetta, which had the same EPA rating, used only 6.2 l/100 km (38 mpg) in the city and 5.3 l/100 km (44 mpg) on the highway according to tests by third-party certifier AMCI.

A full report and test drive on the Jetta TDI will be published shortly. In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow from the drive in the Bay Area.

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2009 Jetta TDI 2010 Jetta TDI 2011 Jetta TDI
Base price $21,990 $22,830 $22,995
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive Front engine, front-wheel drive Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 2.0/140 hp/turbocharged I-4 2.0/140 hp/turbocharged I-4 2.0/140 hp/turbocharged I-4
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Curb weight (lbs) 3230 3230 3210
Wheelbase (inches) 101.5 101.5 104.4
Length x width x height (inches) 179.3 x 70.1 x 57.4 179.3 x 70.1 x 57.4 182.2 x 70.0 x 57.2
0-60 mph (seconds) 8.5 8.2 (manual); 8.5 (auto) 8.7
City/highway fuel economy (mpg) 30/41 (manual)

29/40 (DSG automatic)

30/41 (manual)

30/42 (DSG automatic)

30/42 (manual)

30/42 (DSG automatic)

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