Transmission in Sport - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Transmission in Sport

December 02, 2011

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Last night I rolled in our long-term 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and played around with the DSG auto transmission. I'm not a fan of the drivability of our Jetta diesel, but the transmission's Sport setting helps, removing most of the low-speed stumbling and bumbling.

There's quicker throttle response, overall and when starting from rest. And if you keep your foot in it, the engine quickly zings up past 4000 revs (redline is at 5K). Shifts happen more quickly too.

I don't know how big an effect this will have on fuel economy, but I like the S position more than both D and the manual gate, so this is how I'll drive it from now on.

What about you VW TDI owners? Do any of you normally drive around in S?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 14,900 miles

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