2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: This is a Diesel.
December 12, 2011
Subtle punctuation is all that's needed to convey how I feel about our Jetta. In the past few years, I've been pleasantly surprised by some diesel-powered vehicles (Audi, BMW, Mercedes), prompting me to ask/exclaim, "This is a diesel?"
In the case of our Volkswagen Jetta TDI, it's simply, "This is a diesel. (period)"
There's no mistaking it for anything else. Once you start it up, that rattle coming from the hood just screams diesel. Then there's that lazy launch off the line that I've commented on before. If you're cruising down the highway, though, the Jetta feels just fine; that is, until you go to pass someone, then that rattle and hesitation reminds you.
Granted, our Volkswagen costs about half of what the aforementioned impressive diesels do, so I really can't fault it too much.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor