2009 VW Jetta TDI gets MPG rated

 2009-vw-jetti-tdi The EPA finally got around to putting official MPG numbers on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which is due to hit dealers lots this summer.  Remember, this new TDI engine is 50 state legal – so you can buy it and drive it anywhere in the US.  Read to hear the results?  Drumroll please…….

30 MPG city and 41 MPG highway.  Underwhelmed?  Sure you are.  With VW’s huge expectations, we expected 40+ city and 45+ highway.  After all, VW is the diesel company – the one that hates hybrids.  Plus, with diesel at record highs ( and ~20% higher than gasoline ), the TDI is starting to not make much sense.  Let’s take a look:

  • Similar price premium vs hybrid
  • Worse fuel economy vs hybrid
  • Higher pollution vs hybrid
  • It’s a VW ( reliability concerns, except for engine )

Historically VW’s TDI’s get a bit better than EPA results in the real world, but the case still isn’t very convincing.  Sorry VW,  you’ll have to do better than this.

Published on May 21, 2008 in Gas Mileage,Volkswagen

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