The Diesel Version (Sort of) - 2010 VW GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 VW GTI: The Diesel Version (Sort of)

July 26, 2010

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Let's say you're considering a VW GTI, but its already impressive 25 mpg just isn't strong enough for your desire to do better for the environment. Or perhaps you're interested in a Jetta TDI, but find it just too boring to drive.

Well, for a limited time only (!) Volkswagen is selling this 2010 Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition, which combines the regular TDI's powertrain with the old GLI's suspension, special 18-inch wheels, a unique body kit and of course, plaid seats.

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While the TDI engine obviously gets amazing fuel economy, as a performance engine, I'd take our GTI's turbopetrol any day. A diesel just isn't very rewarding when driven aggressively. As such, the TDI Cup makes more sense for the eco-minded driving enthusiast who realistically knows they'll end up spending more time stuck in town rather than roaming free on back roads. Indeed, the Jetta TDI Cup would seem to be the most rewarding-to-drive green car on sale -- I'd certainly rather own one of these than a CR-Z.

Another reason to get a TDI Cup: it's a Gen V Jetta. Although I've never been a big fan of it, this car is just so much nicer than the disappointing, cost-cutting Gen VI that shall replace it.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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