2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Review
Volkswagen Jetta TDI, a car designed keeping in mind the US audience, is finally here, and with its classy interiors and advanced handling plus with the availability of the turbocharged diesel engine, the German masterpiece is already making an impact on buyers. Volkswagen with its spectacular launches one after the other is soon to become one of the largest automakers in the globe, especially in the U.S. where you can find a whole group of dedicated Jetta lovers.
The Jetta SE runs on a 170-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Fuel economy isn’t hampered despite of an improved 0-60 time of 8.2 seconds and 177 pound-feet of torque. The TDI model is however powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, making 140 HP and a solid 236 LB-feet of torque. The vehicle can zoom up 0-to-60-mph time of around 8.3 seconds on the Jetta TDI engine, with the quarter-mile taking about 16.5. Fuel economy is excellent, and the drive is smooth and pleasurable on the Jetta TDI.
The TDI engine is astonishing, with lots of mid-range torque, and compliments the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, which downshifts on demand but gives an early upshift. The manual mode, however, is for those who take their driving seriously, giving full control over your shifts and letting you choose between fuel efficiency and performance. The car can race up to speeds 100-115mph with ease, 130mph being the top speed.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, a touch-screen navigation system, chrome exterior trim, all-wheel disc brakes (the S and SE models have drum brakes in the rear), and keyless access and push-button start. Volkswagen offers a sports package as well, with a stiffer suspension and sport seats at a slightly higher cost and an option to add a sunroof is available as standard equipment along with heated mirrors, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.
The four door sedan is a top-class sophisticated vehicle for the high-class. It comes with spacious cabin, which explains the size of the sedan, and the fit and finish are beyond criticism, though the basic models might be a bit edgy. The seats are comfortable and offer more than reasonable support, although you might take time to get used to it. The adjustments for a correct driving position may require a little effort but nevertheless end results are what matters, and the Jetta is far from disappointing. The interiors are loaded with a lot of plastic but thankfully the dash is logically laid out, with huge, legible gauges and easy-to use climate-control and advanced audio systems.
The vehicle offers an exceptional fuel efficiency of 30 miles per gallon in city and a surprising 42 miles per gallon on a highway. The Jetta proves to be pleasant for the environment as it can run on biodiesel as well. Volkswagen however warranties only allows a 5 percent blend of biodiesel, and looking at overall low emissions, diesels just can’t compete with hybrids. The Jetta TDI uses a NOX storage catalyst, which holds the emissions in a reservoir until they can be burned off by the engine