Near-hybrid economy, but fun to drive
By Cornfieldcraig on
Vehicle2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
ReviewI had been driving a 99.5 Jetta TDI with 180k miles before buying this car. It had been quite reliable and is still running well, but I was ready for a new car. Cheapskate that I am, I put $500 down on a 2010 Prius which wasn't yet in the dealerships. I finally had a chance to drive the Prius and was moderately disappointed, so I went 10 minutes down the road and test drove the 2009 Jetta TDI. The driving experience was simply night and day. I expect that the Prius would have been more trouble-free and about the same cost per mile as the Jetta, I just couldn't bring myself to buy the Prius. The new TDI is SO smooth, powerful, quiet, and clean- smelling. I just wish the mpg was better.
Best FeaturesSmooth, quiet, powerful, and efficient engine.
Worst FeaturesDon't really like the V-tex leatherette upholstery. It feels real enough, but it's uncomfortable in warm weather, especially in black/anthracite. There should be options for leather or fabric.
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