2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: I'd Buy The DSG
July 28, 2011
Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe. Well, at least it's a lot easier to say then Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. That one really just rolls off the tongue. Anyway, if I were buying a 2011 Jetta TDI, I'd get DSG instead of the manual.
Sure, I like three pedals. Every car I've ever owned has had a manual transmission. But the DSG gives up so little compared to a traditional manual (and gains so much) that I see little reason not to spend the extra $1,100.
Stuck in heavy traffic? Just keep in automatic mode. Want to have more control of the shift points? Place it in manual and do it yourself. The shifts are very quick, and you get rev-matching for downshifts, too. It's the best of both worlds. I'd like our Jetta even more if VW gave it shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Granted, on a sports car (say, a Porsche Cayman), I'm pretty sure I'd still get a manual. In that case, I'd still want the true man-machine connection you get from really rowing the gears and working the clutch. But for an economy car like the Jetta TDI, it's DSG for me.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor