2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: I Dig It
January 03, 2012
Our longterm 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a smooth, torquey, comfortable, quiet, roomy car that's frugal on fuel. And I do mean quiet - there's almost no road noise to speak of. If you were to pareto-ize the demands of the American consumer, all of the above attributes would be in the top ten.
Sure, when accelerating from a standstill you can catch the diesel mill off boost for a split second. But it's hardly a thing. The posts by other editors might have you thinking it's a big deal. It's not. Don't buy into it. Once rolling, this thing is all torquey goodness, all the time.
And yes, it has a soft brake pedal and nonlinear braking response. When you apply a constant pressure at the pedal, the car decelerates more and more aggressively as the speed drops. It's strange, but nowhere near as offensive as, say, the brakes in most hybrids.
Unlike hybrids, the TDI drives like a car. It's honest. I dig it. I'd rock a TDI as a daily driver.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 15,643 miles.