Speedo and Tach Attack - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Speedo and Tach Attack

June 13, 2011


Volkswagen's human factors engineering department must be experiencing some sort of ongoing internal power struggle. Take a look at the speedo and tachometer in our 2011 VW Jetta TDI. In particular, have a look at the tach.

See anything amiss? Apart from the lowish diesel redline?

Sorry, it was a trick question. There's nothing seriously wrong here.

Now let's look at the last generation Jetta TDI. Ours was a 2009 example.

2009_JettaTDI_tach_rpm100_halfsize350_label.jpgThis tach uses rpm x 100 numbering, which makes it look like a speedometer. Yeah, I always tell my friends I shift at 30-hundred rpm. I'm glad they finally woke up in 2011 and got it right.

2005_JettaTDI_tach_rpm1000_halfsize350_label.jpgWait a minute. Are you telling me they had it right two generations ago in our 2005 VW Jetta TDI? They had a perfectly reasonable tach with thousands on it and then went temporarily insane for a generation?

I know, English is weird. We'll say "three thousand" and "fifteen hundred" in the same breath and not even blink.

But tachs should be in thousands. Always. No matter how we describe our shift points in conversation. The 2011 VW Jetta has it right -- again. Leave it alone this time and move on.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 4,645 miles

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