2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test


2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Mythbusting

February 22, 2012

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Myth: IL is playing "let's see who can get the highest mpg" games with the Jetta. -- commenter @brn.

Sure, last year editors Brent Romans and Ron Montoya battled it out to try and get the best mpg in our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI without hypermiling.

But I'll have you know, at least speaking for myself, I don't drive the Jetta with fuel economy in mind. And seeing as how editor Dan Edmunds claimed, "Diesel torque rules" in a previous post, I'm guessing a lot of the other editors don't either.

In fact, editors Al Austria, Dan Frio and Mike Monticello drive it in Sport mode. The Jetta just manages to hold onto its top spot in spite of how we drive it. Busted!

If you're curious to see how the fight for best average mpg played out between long-termers Jetta TDI, Fusion Hybrid, Mazda 3 Skyactiv, Fiat 500 and Mazda 2, hit the jump.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 17,330 miles

April 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

18.3

31.7

39

Mazda 2

38.1

21.1

31.5

32

VW Jetta TDI

31.8

25.5

28.7

34

May 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

38.8

25.5

32.6

34

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

18.3

31.7

39

Mazda 2

38.1

21.1

31.5

32

June 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

40.3

25.5

34.2

34

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

18.3

31.7

39

Mazda 2

38.1

21.1

31.6

32

July 2011: Editor Ron Montoya upped the TDI's best mpg during Carmaggedon weekend thanks to the fact that "There was nobody on the road."

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

42.9

25.5

35.1

34

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

18.3

31.7

39

Fiat 500

42.4

25.4

31.5

33

August 2011: Editor Brent Romans beat Montoya's best mpg for the Jetta and without hypermiling.

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.4

34

Mazda 2

38.1

21.1

31.8

32

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.6

39

September 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.3

34

Mazda 2

38.7

25.7

32.0

32

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.6

39

October 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.4

34

Mazda 2

38.7

21.1

31.9

32

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.6

39

November 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.4

34

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.6

39

Fiat 500

42.4

25.3

31.0

33

December 2011

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.3

34

Mazda 3 Skyactiv

39.7

23.5

31.8

32

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.6

39

January 2012

Car

Best

Worst

Average

EPA

VW Jetta TDI

46.1

25.5

35.3

34

Fusion Hybrid

37.7

24.4

31.7

39

Fiat 500

42.4

25.3

31.1

33

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