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Published on May 9th, 2008 | by Clayton

2009 Jetta BlueTDI Comes to US This Summer, Sports 60 MPG and Cleaner Emissions

May 9th, 2008 by  
 

[social_buttons] VW’s Jetta BlueTDI: 60 MPG, 90% Emissions Reduction for NOx

VW’s ultra-low emission 2009 Jetta will be coming to the US mid-summer, according to an announcement made late last month at the Vienna Motor Symposium.

This newer version of the Jetta will meet the strictest emissions standards in the world—BIN5/LEV2—which are enforced by 5 US states: California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and Vermont. BIN5/LEV2 standards severely cap nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions (0.05 g/mile), one of the two tailpipe pollutants that have given diesels a bad rap (that and particulate matter).

As it happens, Bin5/LEV2 standards are tougher than their European counterpart, the Euro-5, and VW had to custom modify the Jetta BlueTDI for the North American market. NOx reductions were met with internal engine modifications—some of which are “unique worldwide”—and a maintenance-free NOx exhaust trap. Altogether, this system reduces NOx emissions by 90%.

Combining clean emissions with a road-tested fuel economy of up to 60 MPG highway could make this a winner in the US. Dr. Ing. Jens Hadler, Director of Volkswagen Powertrain Development commented:

[H]igh fuel prices and a dramatic change in environmental consciousness means that diesel is becoming more and more attractive for American drivers every day. This is why many customers, especially in California, have been waiting for a super-clean diesel like our BlueTDI. I think this motor will help the diesel get its big break in America because it consumes so little and yet can go such long distances on a single fill-up. And in a country as big as the United States, this is a priceless advantage. On the highway, for example, this engine can reach up to 60 miles per gallon. This is an improvement of 12 percent over its predecessor, which had a lower capacity and higher emissions.

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In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.



  • Uncle B

    Bullshit bullshit bullshit! I have a Jetta! I want a turbo biodiesel/electric hybrid. If VW won’t then maybe a Chinese mark will!

  • Uncle B

    Bullshit bullshit bullshit! I have a Jetta! I want a turbo biodiesel/electric hybrid. If VW won’t then maybe a Chinese mark will!

  • alex9852

    Hey! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

  • alex9852

    Hey! Thanks for all the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

  • I wonder why they can put a 1 liter TDI engine in the smart car… Imagine the MPG on that thing 🙂

  • I wonder why they can put a 1 liter TDI engine in the smart car… Imagine the MPG on that thing 🙂

  • John

    Where are the official EPA mileage figures? It’s not posted up on fueleconomy.gov. How do we know that you haven’t confused miles per Imperial gallon with miles per US gallon?

  • John

    Where are the official EPA mileage figures? It’s not posted up on fueleconomy.gov. How do we know that you haven’t confused miles per Imperial gallon with miles per US gallon?

  • John

    Where are the official EPA mileage figures? It’s not posted up on fueleconomy.gov. How do we know that you haven’t confused miles per Imperial gallon with miles per US gallon?

  • this is great! I can’t wait to see one and drive it. 60mpg is awesome. Its about time they got some good disels running around the usa.

  • this is great! I can’t wait to see one and drive it. 60mpg is awesome. Its about time they got some good disels running around the usa.

  • this is great! I can’t wait to see one and drive it. 60mpg is awesome. Its about time they got some good disels running around the usa.

  • Ghosx

    What’s the 0-60? Does it have enough horsepower to get out of its own way?

    Not to mention, with Diesel priced at roughly an extra dollar per gallon right now, one doesn’t really save that much over regular gas, so the fuel economy savings is rendered pretty much meaningless at the moment.

  • Ghosx

    What’s the 0-60? Does it have enough horsepower to get out of its own way?

    Not to mention, with Diesel priced at roughly an extra dollar per gallon right now, one doesn’t really save that much over regular gas, so the fuel economy savings is rendered pretty much meaningless at the moment.

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  • Bob Dole

    A chinese car? They’re still death traps…

  • Bob Dole

    A chinese car? They’re still death traps…

  • Peter
  • Peter
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  • Damian

    Damn, I want one, my 2002 Jetta TDI only gets 38 in the city. I wonder how much I can get for it. I just might have to accident when shortly after they come out, so i can replace it.

  • Damian

    Damn, I want one, my 2002 Jetta TDI only gets 38 in the city. I wonder how much I can get for it. I just might have to accident when shortly after they come out, so i can replace it.

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  • JimH

    @ Ghosx: Obviously, you have not driven a TDI. If you had, you would know that diesel engines are intrinsically more efficient that their gasoline counterparts, generating more energy from each gallon of fuel, and creating more torque (what REALLY powers your car) that them as well. The problem with diesels recently, has been the relatively high volume of NOx in comparison to the exhaust from gasoline engines. Well, now that this problem is 90% solved, we can feel much better about driving a car the not only gets more miles per gallon, but put out far fewer emissions that those driving gasoline powered vehicles.

    And BTW, your argument that the higher cost of diesel is rendering the fuel economy gains meaningless, well, thats only true if all you care about is the cost of filling up your tank. The greater efficiency, of up to 60 miles per gallon, is still valid. I hope you realize that no matter what you burn in your vehicle, every emits roughly 19 pounds of CO2. If you burn fewer gallows, you emit fewer pounds of CO2. Simple math.

  • JimH

    @ Ghosx: Obviously, you have not driven a TDI. If you had, you would know that diesel engines are intrinsically more efficient that their gasoline counterparts, generating more energy from each gallon of fuel, and creating more torque (what REALLY powers your car) that them as well. The problem with diesels recently, has been the relatively high volume of NOx in comparison to the exhaust from gasoline engines. Well, now that this problem is 90% solved, we can feel much better about driving a car the not only gets more miles per gallon, but put out far fewer emissions that those driving gasoline powered vehicles.

    And BTW, your argument that the higher cost of diesel is rendering the fuel economy gains meaningless, well, thats only true if all you care about is the cost of filling up your tank. The greater efficiency, of up to 60 miles per gallon, is still valid. I hope you realize that no matter what you burn in your vehicle, every emits roughly 19 pounds of CO2. If you burn fewer gallows, you emit fewer pounds of CO2. Simple math.

  • JimH

    @ Ghosx: Obviously, you have not driven a TDI. If you had, you would know that diesel engines are intrinsically more efficient that their gasoline counterparts, generating more energy from each gallon of fuel, and creating more torque (what REALLY powers your car) that them as well. The problem with diesels recently, has been the relatively high volume of NOx in comparison to the exhaust from gasoline engines. Well, now that this problem is 90% solved, we can feel much better about driving a car the not only gets more miles per gallon, but put out far fewer emissions that those driving gasoline powered vehicles.

    And BTW, your argument that the higher cost of diesel is rendering the fuel economy gains meaningless, well, thats only true if all you care about is the cost of filling up your tank. The greater efficiency, of up to 60 miles per gallon, is still valid. I hope you realize that no matter what you burn in your vehicle, every emits roughly 19 pounds of CO2. If you burn fewer gallows, you emit fewer pounds of CO2. Simple math.

  • Scott

    Wow, sure does look hot, 60mpg, 90% less NOx, but what about sulphur emmissions?

  • Scott

    Wow, sure does look hot, 60mpg, 90% less NOx, but what about sulphur emmissions?

  • Jake

    First, John: 60mph is likely US miles/US gallon. My 2003 TDI Jetta gets about 50mpg freeway (mine is a manual transmission, though; automatic is probably lower).

    Second, Ghosx: Your comment about 0-60 is a good example of what’s wrong with how consumers over here think: bigger is better and the faster something is, the better. I can tell you from personal experience that these cars have plenty of zip. Not quite the same as, say, a Corvette, but the 90hp under my car’s hood are more than enough to safely and easily merge into traffic or turn a corner quickly to snag a spot during rush hour. Of course I can’t really tow anything with this, but then neither can a Mustang.

    Also, I would like to point out that gas-cost.net shows a 1-year prediction of diesel prices (I’m not sure on the reliability of this figure) at 3.45, compared to 3.83 for regular gas. So…there ya go. If it works so well for Europe, why can’t it work here?

  • Jake

    First, John: 60mph is likely US miles/US gallon. My 2003 TDI Jetta gets about 50mpg freeway (mine is a manual transmission, though; automatic is probably lower).

    Second, Ghosx: Your comment about 0-60 is a good example of what’s wrong with how consumers over here think: bigger is better and the faster something is, the better. I can tell you from personal experience that these cars have plenty of zip. Not quite the same as, say, a Corvette, but the 90hp under my car’s hood are more than enough to safely and easily merge into traffic or turn a corner quickly to snag a spot during rush hour. Of course I can’t really tow anything with this, but then neither can a Mustang.

    Also, I would like to point out that gas-cost.net shows a 1-year prediction of diesel prices (I’m not sure on the reliability of this figure) at 3.45, compared to 3.83 for regular gas. So…there ya go. If it works so well for Europe, why can’t it work here?

  • Jake

    First, John: 60mph is likely US miles/US gallon. My 2003 TDI Jetta gets about 50mpg freeway (mine is a manual transmission, though; automatic is probably lower).

    Second, Ghosx: Your comment about 0-60 is a good example of what’s wrong with how consumers over here think: bigger is better and the faster something is, the better. I can tell you from personal experience that these cars have plenty of zip. Not quite the same as, say, a Corvette, but the 90hp under my car’s hood are more than enough to safely and easily merge into traffic or turn a corner quickly to snag a spot during rush hour. Of course I can’t really tow anything with this, but then neither can a Mustang.

    Also, I would like to point out that gas-cost.net shows a 1-year prediction of diesel prices (I’m not sure on the reliability of this figure) at 3.45, compared to 3.83 for regular gas. So…there ya go. If it works so well for Europe, why can’t it work here?

  • Hey Great news, I love it when ecology and progress fit together.

  • Hey Great news, I love it when ecology and progress fit together.

  • Hey Great news, I love it when ecology and progress fit together.

  • ZTS

    At http://www.fueleconomy.gov they only rate this car at 34MPG combined (30MPG Cit, 41MPG Highway)

  • ZTS

    At http://www.fueleconomy.gov they only rate this car at 34MPG combined (30MPG Cit, 41MPG Highway)

  • ZTS

    At http://www.fueleconomy.gov they only rate this car at 34MPG combined (30MPG Cit, 41MPG Highway)

  • Some people are either really that BRAINLESS or there pure shilling:

    “Not to mention, with Diesel priced at roughly an extra dollar per gallon right now, one doesn’t really save that much over regular gas, so the fuel economy savings is rendered pretty much meaningless at the moment.”

    SO your going from 20mpg to 60mpg a 300% increase in fuek economy and your worried about a less than 25% increase in the cost of the fuel you will use? Your joking right. Do you know the NUMBER that tells you how much a car costs to drive? its the DOLLAR per MILE.

    You take the COST of a gallon of fuel and divide it by the numbers of miles that gallon will get you SO here in NJ today I just filled up at 3.619 I get 25mpg so my cost per mile is 14.48 CENTS per mile.

    NOW diesel is $4.49 a gallon here. at 60mpg thats 7.48 CENTS per mile. I am getting BETTER than 20mpg I am getting 25mpg and still the more expensive diesel would be HALF what I am paying now per mile driven.

    Lets see if I had a 35mpg car. 10.34 CENTS per mile.

    What about 40mpg? (no such thing unless you get a metro civic or similar small 80’s 90’s car or already have a diesel but hey lets try. 9.04 CENTS per mile.

    45mpg 8.04 CENTS PER MILE

    50mpg 7.23 CENTS PER MILE

    SO unless your driving a gasser that gets 50mpg or better the DIESEL IS STILL CHEAPER.

    SO just how many MPG are YOU getting right now? Unless your driving a PRIUS your not getting a better deal on gas than diesel and only JUST BARELY ie if you drive that prius PERFECTLY. Soon as you drop below 49mpg the Diesel is cheaper.

    DUH.

  • Some people are either really that BRAINLESS or there pure shilling:

    “Not to mention, with Diesel priced at roughly an extra dollar per gallon right now, one doesn’t really save that much over regular gas, so the fuel economy savings is rendered pretty much meaningless at the moment.”

    SO your going from 20mpg to 60mpg a 300% increase in fuek economy and your worried about a less than 25% increase in the cost of the fuel you will use? Your joking right. Do you know the NUMBER that tells you how much a car costs to drive? its the DOLLAR per MILE.

    You take the COST of a gallon of fuel and divide it by the numbers of miles that gallon will get you SO here in NJ today I just filled up at 3.619 I get 25mpg so my cost per mile is 14.48 CENTS per mile.

    NOW diesel is $4.49 a gallon here. at 60mpg thats 7.48 CENTS per mile. I am getting BETTER than 20mpg I am getting 25mpg and still the more expensive diesel would be HALF what I am paying now per mile driven.

    Lets see if I had a 35mpg car. 10.34 CENTS per mile.

    What about 40mpg? (no such thing unless you get a metro civic or similar small 80’s 90’s car or already have a diesel but hey lets try. 9.04 CENTS per mile.

    45mpg 8.04 CENTS PER MILE

    50mpg 7.23 CENTS PER MILE

    SO unless your driving a gasser that gets 50mpg or better the DIESEL IS STILL CHEAPER.

    SO just how many MPG are YOU getting right now? Unless your driving a PRIUS your not getting a better deal on gas than diesel and only JUST BARELY ie if you drive that prius PERFECTLY. Soon as you drop below 49mpg the Diesel is cheaper.

    DUH.

  • I will wait for the air car that is slated to arrive from China, and another version from Europe in 2010. Air is free aside from the compression psi required to fill it up. No emissions and 850 miles to go per fill.

    These cars look nice, but they still require fossil fuels.

  • I will wait for the air car that is slated to arrive from China, and another version from Europe in 2010. Air is free aside from the compression psi required to fill it up. No emissions and 850 miles to go per fill.

    These cars look nice, but they still require fossil fuels.

  • I will wait for the air car that is slated to arrive from China, and another version from Europe in 2010. Air is free aside from the compression psi required to fill it up. No emissions and 850 miles to go per fill.

    These cars look nice, but they still require fossil fuels.

  • Oliver

    Great car! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Jetta Blue TDI!

  • Oliver

    Great car! Can’t wait to get my hands on the Jetta Blue TDI!

  • amber

    Unfortunately, the EPA is putting this car at 30/41 MPG. Respectable, yes, but not quite 69.9. (autoblog.com)

  • amber

    Unfortunately, the EPA is putting this car at 30/41 MPG. Respectable, yes, but not quite 69.9. (autoblog.com)

  • amber

    Unfortunately, the EPA is putting this car at 30/41 MPG. Respectable, yes, but not quite 69.9. (autoblog.com)

  • Ivan

    I drowe ot on my trip to Europe and it got arround 50 MPG with the manual transmition. Most of the driving was in the city so not bad. Will see how much will it cost here. It has great pickup and very quiet, not like the old TDI. I will trade mine 2007 Jetta fot this one next year for sure.

  • Ivan

    I drowe ot on my trip to Europe and it got arround 50 MPG with the manual transmition. Most of the driving was in the city so not bad. Will see how much will it cost here. It has great pickup and very quiet, not like the old TDI. I will trade mine 2007 Jetta fot this one next year for sure.

  • Ivan

    I drowe ot on my trip to Europe and it got arround 50 MPG with the manual transmition. Most of the driving was in the city so not bad. Will see how much will it cost here. It has great pickup and very quiet, not like the old TDI. I will trade mine 2007 Jetta fot this one next year for sure.

  • Jeff

    I have a 2004 Jetta TDI that gets 44 MPG city and 49 on highway going 70 – 75 mph with the4 ac on. It was rated 38 – 44 on the sticker. It gets better than they said it would. Can you imagine if this 60 mpg one does similar???

  • Jeff

    I have a 2004 Jetta TDI that gets 44 MPG city and 49 on highway going 70 – 75 mph with the4 ac on. It was rated 38 – 44 on the sticker. It gets better than they said it would. Can you imagine if this 60 mpg one does similar???

  • Jeff

    I have a 2004 Jetta TDI that gets 44 MPG city and 49 on highway going 70 – 75 mph with the4 ac on. It was rated 38 – 44 on the sticker. It gets better than they said it would. Can you imagine if this 60 mpg one does similar???

  • Peter

    I drive a 2004 VW Golf TDI, purchased new in 2003. I get 60 MPG on the highway, but as low as 22-25 around town. I have done the math, even with diesel $1 more per gallon, I still have a lower dollar per mile cost of driving. My average fuel economy is 45-50 MPG, at $5 per gallon that means it costs me 10 cents to drive 1 mile. A gasoline powered car at $4 per gallon getting 30 MPG average has a cost of 13 cents per mile.

    I’m considering trading in and getting the VW deisel hybrid scheduled to sell in the next 2 years, and they are stating 100 MPG averages. Depends on the cost, etc.

  • Peter

    I drive a 2004 VW Golf TDI, purchased new in 2003. I get 60 MPG on the highway, but as low as 22-25 around town. I have done the math, even with diesel $1 more per gallon, I still have a lower dollar per mile cost of driving. My average fuel economy is 45-50 MPG, at $5 per gallon that means it costs me 10 cents to drive 1 mile. A gasoline powered car at $4 per gallon getting 30 MPG average has a cost of 13 cents per mile.

    I’m considering trading in and getting the VW deisel hybrid scheduled to sell in the next 2 years, and they are stating 100 MPG averages. Depends on the cost, etc.

  • Peter

    I drive a 2004 VW Golf TDI, purchased new in 2003. I get 60 MPG on the highway, but as low as 22-25 around town. I have done the math, even with diesel $1 more per gallon, I still have a lower dollar per mile cost of driving. My average fuel economy is 45-50 MPG, at $5 per gallon that means it costs me 10 cents to drive 1 mile. A gasoline powered car at $4 per gallon getting 30 MPG average has a cost of 13 cents per mile.

    I’m considering trading in and getting the VW deisel hybrid scheduled to sell in the next 2 years, and they are stating 100 MPG averages. Depends on the cost, etc.

  • Peter

    Oh yeah, plenty of go in the TDI, because diesel has a ton of low-end torque. I get 0-60 of about 5-6 seconds. (Seat of the pants measurement.) I have never wanted for power in this car.

  • Peter

    Oh yeah, plenty of go in the TDI, because diesel has a ton of low-end torque. I get 0-60 of about 5-6 seconds. (Seat of the pants measurement.) I have never wanted for power in this car.

  • pretbek

    Looks good to me, I just hope these Jettas have less problems all over than the 2000-2006 batch.

    Concerning savings:

    National average of gas is $3.97, diesel is $4.70 so you pay 18% more.

    Gas mileage of a gas Jetta is 29 mpg (highway), a diesel Jetta is 60 mpg, so that is 106% better.

    Pay 18% more for 106% better mileage, you bet your sweet a$$ those are significant savings.

  • pretbek

    Looks good to me, I just hope these Jettas have less problems all over than the 2000-2006 batch.

    Concerning savings:

    National average of gas is $3.97, diesel is $4.70 so you pay 18% more.

    Gas mileage of a gas Jetta is 29 mpg (highway), a diesel Jetta is 60 mpg, so that is 106% better.

    Pay 18% more for 106% better mileage, you bet your sweet a$$ those are significant savings.

  • Graham

    Ghosx, Some math:

    60mpg compared to 30mpg means diesel would have to cost twice as much as regular gasoline in order for the increased cost to negate its improved gas mileage. However, diesel is only 25% more than regular gasoline, thus netting a 38% decrease in total feul cost. Based on 1,000 miles driven per month the total savings (based on $4/gal for regular and $5/gal for diesel) is $600/yr or $50/mo. Allowing for a 3-year payback period, as long as the cost of a diesel vehicle is not more than $1,800 more than a regular vehicle it saves you money to buy the diesel. So, what is the cost of the TDI compared to the regular Jetta?

  • Graham

    Ghosx, Some math:

    60mpg compared to 30mpg means diesel would have to cost twice as much as regular gasoline in order for the increased cost to negate its improved gas mileage. However, diesel is only 25% more than regular gasoline, thus netting a 38% decrease in total feul cost. Based on 1,000 miles driven per month the total savings (based on $4/gal for regular and $5/gal for diesel) is $600/yr or $50/mo. Allowing for a 3-year payback period, as long as the cost of a diesel vehicle is not more than $1,800 more than a regular vehicle it saves you money to buy the diesel. So, what is the cost of the TDI compared to the regular Jetta?

  • Graham

    Ghosx, Some math:

    60mpg compared to 30mpg means diesel would have to cost twice as much as regular gasoline in order for the increased cost to negate its improved gas mileage. However, diesel is only 25% more than regular gasoline, thus netting a 38% decrease in total feul cost. Based on 1,000 miles driven per month the total savings (based on $4/gal for regular and $5/gal for diesel) is $600/yr or $50/mo. Allowing for a 3-year payback period, as long as the cost of a diesel vehicle is not more than $1,800 more than a regular vehicle it saves you money to buy the diesel. So, what is the cost of the TDI compared to the regular Jetta?

  • Blonde Guy

    The EPA figures are 30/41 for 6-speed manual 29/40 for DSG. The raw EPA highway figure is 64 mpg. Either way, the Prius ought to get better mileage.

    One driver said “Up to 2000 rpm, it drives like the base Jetta, but after that, look out!”

  • Blonde Guy

    The EPA figures are 30/41 for 6-speed manual 29/40 for DSG. The raw EPA highway figure is 64 mpg. Either way, the Prius ought to get better mileage.

    One driver said “Up to 2000 rpm, it drives like the base Jetta, but after that, look out!”

  • Blonde Guy

    The EPA figures are 30/41 for 6-speed manual 29/40 for DSG. The raw EPA highway figure is 64 mpg. Either way, the Prius ought to get better mileage.

    One driver said “Up to 2000 rpm, it drives like the base Jetta, but after that, look out!”

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  • Ghosx,

    Come one now, use your brain…

    If your gasser gets 30 MPG highway and this gets 60 MPG, even if gas is $1.00 more per gallon, you are getting twice the mileage…..and only 25% more cost per gallon.

    If you do the math its the same thing as continuing to buy gas instead of diesel, but miraculously gaining 20 MPG…so10 mpg of the 30 mpg gained is erased by the added cost per gallon of diesel, it’s still a large savings, especially if you drive a lot.

    Also, having tuned diesel engines in the past, they make a great deal of torque these days and are often faster than the gas version of the same car.

    When was the last time you drove a diesel?

    When they come out, go drive one, you’ll be very surprised.

    J

    Sign me up!

  • Ghosx,

    Come one now, use your brain…

    If your gasser gets 30 MPG highway and this gets 60 MPG, even if gas is $1.00 more per gallon, you are getting twice the mileage…..and only 25% more cost per gallon.

    If you do the math its the same thing as continuing to buy gas instead of diesel, but miraculously gaining 20 MPG…so10 mpg of the 30 mpg gained is erased by the added cost per gallon of diesel, it’s still a large savings, especially if you drive a lot.

    Also, having tuned diesel engines in the past, they make a great deal of torque these days and are often faster than the gas version of the same car.

    When was the last time you drove a diesel?

    When they come out, go drive one, you’ll be very surprised.

    J

    Sign me up!

  • will

    I just want to comment on the last numbers on EPA on this new VW Jetta 2.0 TDI USA city/HWY 29/41. When I reached this vehicle on Yahoo-Canada they have the 2009 Jetta TDI rated at city/hwy 34/49 and it’s the same 2.0 TDI motor as sold in the USA. Canada and Austria both have the same car made out of Mexico so there numbers pretty much match what VW-America originally predicted. Ultimately diesel is almost $5 so Prius still will sell much better here in the US. However the Jetta’s 140HP with a top speed of 127 MPH and no worry about replacing batteries is still pretty good option if you want a car with good hwy performance and acceleration not to mention pretty good city EPA.

  • will

    I just want to comment on the last numbers on EPA on this new VW Jetta 2.0 TDI USA city/HWY 29/41. When I reached this vehicle on Yahoo-Canada they have the 2009 Jetta TDI rated at city/hwy 34/49 and it’s the same 2.0 TDI motor as sold in the USA. Canada and Austria both have the same car made out of Mexico so there numbers pretty much match what VW-America originally predicted. Ultimately diesel is almost $5 so Prius still will sell much better here in the US. However the Jetta’s 140HP with a top speed of 127 MPH and no worry about replacing batteries is still pretty good option if you want a car with good hwy performance and acceleration not to mention pretty good city EPA.

  • will

    I just want to comment on the last numbers on EPA on this new VW Jetta 2.0 TDI USA city/HWY 29/41. When I reached this vehicle on Yahoo-Canada they have the 2009 Jetta TDI rated at city/hwy 34/49 and it’s the same 2.0 TDI motor as sold in the USA. Canada and Austria both have the same car made out of Mexico so there numbers pretty much match what VW-America originally predicted. Ultimately diesel is almost $5 so Prius still will sell much better here in the US. However the Jetta’s 140HP with a top speed of 127 MPH and no worry about replacing batteries is still pretty good option if you want a car with good hwy performance and acceleration not to mention pretty good city EPA.

  • craig

    I have an 06 TDI and always get 40-42 combined milage with the AC running (Texas). You can keep the Prius, one too many propulsion systems.

  • craig

    I have an 06 TDI and always get 40-42 combined milage with the AC running (Texas). You can keep the Prius, one too many propulsion systems.

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  • paul deering

    too bad u.s. politicians are too slow/timid/boxed in/stupid/ to help push our transportation policies in a positive direction. required-by-law biofuel additives actually LOWER mpg of traditional gas powered cars, so you buy a 30 mpg gas car and because of madated ethanol additives only get 22 mpg! give me diesel which is still relatively unadulterated by the political machine.

  • paul deering

    too bad u.s. politicians are too slow/timid/boxed in/stupid/ to help push our transportation policies in a positive direction. required-by-law biofuel additives actually LOWER mpg of traditional gas powered cars, so you buy a 30 mpg gas car and because of madated ethanol additives only get 22 mpg! give me diesel which is still relatively unadulterated by the political machine.

  • paul deering

    too bad u.s. politicians are too slow/timid/boxed in/stupid/ to help push our transportation policies in a positive direction. required-by-law biofuel additives actually LOWER mpg of traditional gas powered cars, so you buy a 30 mpg gas car and because of madated ethanol additives only get 22 mpg! give me diesel which is still relatively unadulterated by the political machine.

  • BlueTDiOwner

    I just bought a 2009 Jetta TDi (Blue), because my 2002 Mazda Protege was totaled. By the EPA numbers of combined mileage for both, with current local gas prices, they are both 8 cents/mile. At the same price per mile I would much rather be driving a Jetta than the Mazda, it has more room, is more luxurious, and has more power, a lot more power! If go back to the summer gas prices where gas was $4.05 and diesel was $4.95 the gasser was 16.8 cents/mile and the diesel would have been 14.5 cents/mile. You say that is a two cent difference but at 20,000 miles a year that is a savings of $463 a year. If you skeptics think fuel prices are going to stay low for ever and we are out of the energy crisis, I hope you are right, but I don’t think that is the case. As for using bio-fuels, this is a quote from the Wikipedia biography on Rudolph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine), “The diesel engine has the benefit of running more fuel-efficiently than gasoline engines. Diesel was especially interested in using coal dust or vegetable oil as fuel, and his engine in fact ran on peanut oil.”

  • BlueTDiOwner

    I just bought a 2009 Jetta TDi (Blue), because my 2002 Mazda Protege was totaled. By the EPA numbers of combined mileage for both, with current local gas prices, they are both 8 cents/mile. At the same price per mile I would much rather be driving a Jetta than the Mazda, it has more room, is more luxurious, and has more power, a lot more power! If go back to the summer gas prices where gas was $4.05 and diesel was $4.95 the gasser was 16.8 cents/mile and the diesel would have been 14.5 cents/mile. You say that is a two cent difference but at 20,000 miles a year that is a savings of $463 a year. If you skeptics think fuel prices are going to stay low for ever and we are out of the energy crisis, I hope you are right, but I don’t think that is the case. As for using bio-fuels, this is a quote from the Wikipedia biography on Rudolph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine), “The diesel engine has the benefit of running more fuel-efficiently than gasoline engines. Diesel was especially interested in using coal dust or vegetable oil as fuel, and his engine in fact ran on peanut oil.”

  • BlueTDiOwner

    I just bought a 2009 Jetta TDi (Blue), because my 2002 Mazda Protege was totaled. By the EPA numbers of combined mileage for both, with current local gas prices, they are both 8 cents/mile. At the same price per mile I would much rather be driving a Jetta than the Mazda, it has more room, is more luxurious, and has more power, a lot more power! If go back to the summer gas prices where gas was $4.05 and diesel was $4.95 the gasser was 16.8 cents/mile and the diesel would have been 14.5 cents/mile. You say that is a two cent difference but at 20,000 miles a year that is a savings of $463 a year. If you skeptics think fuel prices are going to stay low for ever and we are out of the energy crisis, I hope you are right, but I don’t think that is the case. As for using bio-fuels, this is a quote from the Wikipedia biography on Rudolph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine), “The diesel engine has the benefit of running more fuel-efficiently than gasoline engines. Diesel was especially interested in using coal dust or vegetable oil as fuel, and his engine in fact ran on peanut oil.”

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  • Willy

    You must not be doing your math right diesel cost would have to be four dollars per gallon over the cost of gas to not make a difference.

  • Willy

    You must not be doing your math right diesel cost would have to be four dollars per gallon over the cost of gas to not make a difference.

  • Willy

    You must not be doing your math right diesel cost would have to be four dollars per gallon over the cost of gas to not make a difference.

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  • Ken Holmes

    I just purchased a 2010 Jetta TDI this will be my 2nd TDI 1st was a 1998 still have it 208K and still getting 42MPG.

    I must tell you that the 2010 TDI does not get 60 MPG I’m on tank 2 and I’m getting 36-38 MPG HWY/city I hope it will improve wit time.

    it’s a great car and has all the item’s that the 1998 di not have.. But the MPH is NOT what I was hoping for.

  • Ken Holmes

    I just purchased a 2010 Jetta TDI this will be my 2nd TDI 1st was a 1998 still have it 208K and still getting 42MPG.

    I must tell you that the 2010 TDI does not get 60 MPG I’m on tank 2 and I’m getting 36-38 MPG HWY/city I hope it will improve wit time.

    it’s a great car and has all the item’s that the 1998 di not have.. But the MPH is NOT what I was hoping for.

  • Ken Holmes

    I just purchased a 2010 Jetta TDI this will be my 2nd TDI 1st was a 1998 still have it 208K and still getting 42MPG.

    I must tell you that the 2010 TDI does not get 60 MPG I’m on tank 2 and I’m getting 36-38 MPG HWY/city I hope it will improve wit time.

    it’s a great car and has all the item’s that the 1998 di not have.. But the MPH is NOT what I was hoping for.

    • I bought a 2009 TDI and have been very disappointed with the fuel mileage that I get and I really drive slow incomparison to what I had been told I would get per gallon. I get about 41 mpg on the freeway and had expected at least 60mpg and expected to get 41 in the city and I get 32mpg in the city so I am a very unhappy disappointed owner of the TDI Jetta VW and would not recommend if you are buying for the fuel economy cause you wont get it.

      EBT , Las Vegas NV

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