So, it’s totally simple. If the following words move you, you should buy a new Jetta TDI if you have the means. 6.5l per 100km. Oh and that’s not an EU combined-cycle claim no, that’s much lower. This is a real-world average on mostly highway averaging 160km/h in a very, very strong headwind. Where the modern “efficient” petrol turbo will get about 11.
Volkswagen continues to get more and more indistinct in its product lineup – there’s the whole Golf/Scirocco/Audi A3 battle going on for instance, which has suddenly gotten even stranger with the arrival at last of the R versions to take over from the ageing S3, which uses just about the exact same power parts.
If you’re a normal, level-headed, working class adult, however, a hatchback just isn’t quite the image you want to project. A bit brash, a touch compact, and definite whiffs of first-caritis about them even if the price no longer reflects that so much. And a Jetta is really just a Golf with a boot…
So, previously, you would have had to stump up the extra cash and launch yourself into the territory of the prestige Germans. Except now, VW has the new Passat.