2001 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Review: Great commuter car

2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Consumer Review

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GL TDI Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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Great commuter car
By Phlonet on


2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL TDI 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


In the first year I was driving 120 miles per day and was getting between 50-55 mpg. My commute lessened considerably, and now I'm only getting mid 40s, though on longer trips its back up around 50. While the TDI doesn't have quite as much pep as a 1.8T or a V6, its still sportier than many other "economy" commuter vehicles. Takes a little bit longer to start when its below zero, but have never had it fail to start. Only one mechanical issue related the glowplugs that was misdiagnosed at first, but then fixed properly on a subsequent visit. I wholeheartedly recommend this car to anyone who has to drive any sort of distance.

Best Features

Gas mileage, simple interior features, solid road handling, fun to drive.

Worst Features

The cupholders in the front sit in front of the radio when you have a CD player installed. The rear cupholders aren't deep enough to be useful.
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