I spend a lot of time driving people around and as much as I love my Beemer the gas mileage was killing me. In in effort to find something better at the pumps I starting researching hybrids, then diesels. It struck me that when I found out the in Europe around 40-50% of the cars sold are diesel that they were on to something. They are, a far superior fuel economy. I average around 44 mpg's. Hybrids get great milage too, only replacing the batteries after 100,000 miles seemed costly compared to diesels longevity. Diesels also have more future fuel options, such as Bio-diesel (google Willie Nelson and bio diesel) I'm completely happy with my VW and the 2006 model is very very nice.
The comfy interior, less visits to the pumps, great stereo, 17" wheels (option), safety features galore, nice exterior, and how it's just the right size for five people. You can not go wrong with this car!
With around 2,000 miles on our three-week old Jetta 5-speed TDI with Package Two we're getting, since day one, 48 mpg. Compared to the '78 diesel Rabbit and '81 diesel Jetta we owned years ago the new Jetta is so much more refined, comfortable, quiet and near-luxury with no penalty in gas mileage. It's powerful and I can pass on two lane roads with no drama. I have had zero issues and the dealer prep was perfect and complete. There's "value-added" in this car i.e. touch the passing signal and it blinks three times without having to hold the stalk. The center armrest adjusts for height and length. Little things that add up for a satisfying experience. I broke it in as per the Fred TDI website instructions, by the way.
Lose the satellite radio and add a mini jack input for my iPod. XM and Sirius are low-fi MP3 quality and are not suitable for listening to classical orchestral or acoustic jazz music!
The Jetta TDI handles very well. I like the ease in steering and the cornering ability. The trunk capacity was a factor in my purchase decision. The quality of materials and construction is most impressive. Also, we are pleased with the safety features such as the airbags.
The stereo system is very nice and the seats are comfortable with lots of adjustment capability.
After 25 years of driving Suburbans and Silverado 4WD diesel pickups, I was ready for a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. I was a bit apprehensive about a smaller car, and didn't have opportunity to test drive a Jetta prior to purchase, so that added to my anxiety. My fears were completely unfounded. I am thrilled with my new Jetta TDI! It handles incredibly well, is gorgeous, and has wonderful amenities. The diesel engine is very quiet. My long-legged family has plenty of space in front and back seats. It was a 350 mile drive home from the dealership, and the car averaged 50.2 mpg on the highway, far above the estimated mpg. So far I'm getting over 40 mpg in town. What a terrific car!
It's hard to choose just a few favorites. My top three are the incredible gas mileage, the spacious trunk and glove box, and the sleek body style. The leather seats are beautiful and I love all of the chrome accents. The nighttime dash lighting is really cool and the premium sound system is amazing.
I really miss having headlights that come on automatically at dusk. With all of the other wonderful features, it seems that this would be a given.
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