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The has traditionally been Volkswagen’s top in the U.S. and previous generations little more than of the Golf two- and four-door sedans. That changed Jetta’s model-year 2011 – although the SportWagen retained its with new front sheetmetal to the sedan’s looks. The redesign the Jetta’s price, enlarged space and sparked a sales that placed it fifth in the class for calendar year a position it has retained through the half of 2012.

Volkswagen has a history of integrating diesel into its lineup and is the leader in modern, clean diesel to the U.S. The German automaker offers four clean models with sales total more than all of the diesel offerings combined. The TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection), and SportWagen, is the leading seller, up more than 28,000 through July.

For 2013, the TDI SportWagen has only minor over 2012 models; a multi-function steering wheel and display on the S Trim.

This was done on the East Coast a DSG automatic transmission-equipped version Larry Hall#8217;s Pacific review of a manual-transmission model.

for the 2013 sedan TDI build on a of changes VW began last that include exterior tweaks and new interior appointments. On the the sedan gains chrome accents and chrome window Inside now includes power-recline and front passenger seats in to a leather-wrapped steering wheel, knob, and handbrake lever. A new trim enhances the dash and panels.

Later in the model the TDI sedan will receive a dash.

The top-of-the-line TDI Premium Navigation trim now includes a power driver seat and new aluminum-alloy wheels that it from the 16-inch standard of other models.

Pricing for the Jetta TDI sedan starts at a $215 increase over the 2012 model. The SportWagen TDI has a price starting at $25,540, the as last year. EPA estimated economy for both models is 30 highway and 34 combined.

Jetta TDI

The most significant change for the Jetta TDI sedan was that it its own platform – it’s no longer a hatchback with a trunk to the rear end. The car strains the of compact, pushing the envelope into the mid-size arena. Its grew 2.9 inches, to 104.4 and length is increased the same, to inches.

By adding nearly inches to the space that be negotiated by hips, thighs, and toes, VW turned the backseat …-ready territory. And the trunk is enough to handle more than any other sedan in the class.

The growth was accompanied by a new that continues for the 2013 year. Tossed was the distinctive mouth grille, replaced a more determined and synchronous Rearward of the toned-down proboscis, the is less Germanic, more

While the Jetta is not stirring or it is clean with sharp that provide an overall of understated sophistication. It’s a that outdistances its intended car competitors.

The exterior’s contemporary is carried inside the car, a driver-focused instrument cluster and center stack. When switchgear has that solid expected in a German automobile. said, the cabin is the first where the bean counters’ is noticed – the rich looking, materials of the outgoing model replaced by shiny, not-so-soft

VW obviously is correcting that.

The isn’t the only place the accounting types had their way the sixth-generation Jetta. The multi-link suspension was replaced with a expensive torsion-beam design. who regularly check the engine’s fluids will find the gas that hold up the hood are ditto the trunk lid struts, with gooseneck type that intrude into the space.

Jetta SportWagen TDI

The Jetta SportWagen TDI is basically the vehicle it’s been for years, with an underbody of the 2005-2010 Jettas. Notwithstanding its own styling, the SportWagen is easily as a Jetta family member. The continues with high-quality that are noticeably better the sedan.

Riding on a three-inch-shorter the SportWagen is smaller than the sedan resulting in a more rear seat area the sedan. But if you’re buying a you’re looking for cargo and the wagon boasts 32.8 feet of cargo volume the rear seat and 66.9 feet with its rear folded. That’s comparable to crossovers.

There’s a new SportWagen in the works should show up in fall and may or may not be named a Jetta SportWagon. expected that there be shortages of the wagon around the end of the so, if you like the current edition, sooner than later is

For 2013 both the sedan and are equipped standard with keyless entry; power locks and outside mirrors; air an AM/FM radio with CD adjustable front seats; and a and telescopic steering wheel. of the usual options are available a navigation system that the new Fender audio system an SD card slot and iPod

On The Road

Volkswagen provided a TDI sedan with a six-speed transmission for a weeklong evaluation. TDI is a injection system where is sprayed directly into cylinder, rather than a pre-combustion chamber. A turbocharger and are also used.

Together, components result in cleaner and better acceleration, the latter due to higher-torque characteristics. The 2.0-liter diesel furnishes 140 horsepower and a healthy 236 pound-feet of torque.

We did stints with our Jetta TDI to get a on fuel economy: We clocked 56 on city streets, 241 miles of interstate driving and a fun-filled 137 on two-lane back county

During our in-town driving I put on my “conservative” driving hat and forced to shift gears according to the arrow on the instrument cluster. into fourth gear at mph, as the arrow directed, was But apparently the folks at Volkswagen how one should drive to squeeze out economy because I wrung out mpg. (So much for the way EPA arrives at its

The following day we topped off fuel two away from Interstate-5 and south from Olympia, to Portland, Oregon. On this leg we mostly in the right lane and speed to between 60 and 65 mph. On the far left lane driving more like the natural for the Jetta and we cruised most of the way at mph. We exited where we and pumped 5.63 gallons of

That’s 42.8 miles per

Three days later it was for the turbo to spool up and stay – and never mind the fuel There are some marvelous, two-lane roads in the South area of Washington State Blacktop surfaces range silky smooth to almost with stretches of flat or straight-aways and an abundance of blind and off-camber hairpin turns.

For of the 137 miles the transmission was in 3rd or 4th gear, sure that the 30 to 50 mph posted weren’t exceeded by too much. The 236 of torque produced by 2.0-liter arrives at 1,750 rpm, that you don’t need a displacement gas engine to have And a 140 horsepower diesel validates you can have a smile on your while averaging 32.3

The stretched wheelbase improves the ride quality and despite the to a torsion-beam rear suspension, the hasn’t lost its taut, feel on the road. Steering is well weighted and communicative and the are strong under foot and in their response. Cabin is at a minimum, even at highway with less road and wind whistle than for the class.

On The Green Side

On top of super-greenies and energy security can run biodiesel in the Jetta TDI. The warranty only allows a 5 blend of biodiesel, but for some, are made to be broken – especially considering the stakes of continuing our dependence on oil. Biodiesel a 100 percent petroleum-free alternative (We can’t tell you what to do; let conscience be your guide.)

opportunities are only possible Volkswagen overcame the hurdle of Tier 2, Bin 5 emissions standards. the Mercedes Bluetec system, injects urea into the system to convert NOx to nitrogen and the Jetta uses a NOx storage which holds the emissions in a until they can be burned off by the

In addition, the common rail injection uses piezoelectric injectors, which permits injection pressure than a system. These clean technologies, developed in partnership Audi and Mercedes Benz, are a in terms of neutralizing emissions and out diesel-related particulates.

Exciting stuff, but when at overall low emissions, diesels can’t compete with It’s a big milestone for a diesel to California’s Tier 2, Bin 5 standards, but still only about for a new vehicle. Meanwhile, the squeakiest of standards is the SULEV, reserved for the Prius, Honda Civic and a handful of other vehicles the conventional version of the Volkswagen .

Diesel-makers will be quick to out that the difference between 2, Bin 5 and SULEV is negligible—considering that of these standards are many cleaner than past of cars and trucks. That is supported by the federal government’s the Jetta TDI is an “Advanced Lean Technology Motor Vehicle.”

upon a time, we all figured fuel efficiency would be the hair shirt—righteous but painful. the 2013 Jetta TDI, has given lie to dire expectation and a car that not only dispenses exceptional fuel efficiency, actually a lot of fun to drive.

Prices are suggested retail price at time of publication and do not include charges, taxes or licensing.

Automatic Transmission-Equipped Jetta TDI

For his Larry Hall drove a Jetta TDI with six-speed transmission in Washington state, and month in Pennsylvania, I followed up a Premium Jetta TDI with Nav and DSG automatic transmission.

His write-up well covers the car, so than restating things, I a video and will add a couple here with regard to the DSG and miscellaneous details.

While the and roads are compelling in both between the two transmissions, I think had the better time of it.

The Dual-Shift (DSG) is actually a sophisticated arrangement, electronically controlled, roots back to Porsche. It can be shifted with the gear and returns the same EPA-rated economy as the automatic.

One nitpick is there’s a slightly longer usual lag time compared to automatics from the moment one the accelerator and the time the car decides to go. can occur either from a or on the road.

It’s all rather odd given peak torque hits at 1,750 rpm and max pulling power is available virtually from a

Nor am I the first to notice this, as reviewers and VW owners have the same.

This includes who recounted a semi-harrowing tale in he was in a VW Toureg similarly equipped, to make a quick evasive put the accelerator to the floor, and the car hesitated complying.

Without harping on the angle overly much, just say I like a car that what I tell it to when I it to, and not a second or two later. This happen with a manual assuming the car is in a suitable gear.

it gets going, the TDI with DSG acceptably, and it would appear the hesitation results from the controls governing the system’s

And don’t take me wrong: If I needed an automatic, I might go with the DSG assuming the car otherwise met my But the delayed response can be disconcerting and – to a twist on an old phrase – it would me take pause.

Aside this, the car does offer to like. It’s uncluttered, for a “compact,” functions well, great mileage, and at least in the diesel could last a time.

The power delivery a little getting used to As I begin to explain in the video, the car its best right off the line. the engine feels less than would a higher gas-powered car which progressively as the revs rise.

Frankly, it is a bit that the TDI would spin the tires a quarter or half as it gets going, then anti-climactically mozy up to speed as the winds out in an attempt to keep the abrupt pace.

This is no car, but it is also no sprinter. more a long-legged runner sets its own cadence, and if you are OK with it has been known to make fans.

And, if you do get one, be prepared to a member of a semi-exclusive club. fuel, while definitely is less plentiful in some not to mention more pricey. At the station I visited on one occasion in a suburb, there was a single pump on the side of the lot along about 12 other gas pumps at dispensing the usual regular, and premium.

One man was occupying the spot I to be in, refilling his wife’s 2013 TDI – he too told me they’d steered of the DSG for reasons described but loved TDI. We chatted it up as fellow VW drivers – him full time, me – and I’m glad I was not in a hurry as he apologized, his car parked in the spot, and went to pay because there was no credit swipe on this old school It took a few minutes.

Of course, vary regionally, so this is not to suggest this is what get – but in other ways besides, it is a rarefied experience driving a of car that only 1 percent of buy.

But you know what? I mind being a little and this too is not a deal breaker for me.

I like the Jetta TDI and could see living with it, as the car is teutonically in most respects.

But give me the manual. I prefer shifting for anyway, and with the DSG#8217;s induced slowness to respond, no question which would more sense for me.

Of course I’d for a 2014 if I could as VW will be the independent rear suspension in 2011 and it will also be electro-mechanical power steering to the hydraulic setup.

This follows criticism we’ve noted in which VW saved in its 2011 Jetta redesign a functional but less costly – and less capable – torsion rear axle.

For 2014 all Jetta models will again benefit from independent suspension whereas only the GLI sports sedan is so

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