2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Vollkswagen Jetta TDI: How Green is Diesel?

April 23, 2012


Here's a post Earth Day question for you: Do you consider diesel cars to be "green"?

Ask any anybody at Volkswagen and they'll tell you that diesels are most assuredly green since they're more efficient. But the average car buyer, at least in the U.S., probably thinks much differently. Diesels are what smelly trucks use right? How clean can those be?

It's actually a complicated answer depending on your view of greenhouse gases vs. strict efficiency, but forget all the technical details for now. Are you convinced that diesels can be as green as a hybrid? And more importantly, could you convince someone who had never heard of the term "clean diesel?"

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta in VA is:

$147 per month*
* Explanation