It was a 6 speed manual version. And I quite liked it.
Great mileage, quiet diesel, comfortable, and a really nice manual transmission.
I also drove a recent 1.8 Turbo version, also with the manual. And I liked that too.
Last week I got this Automatic version. With the DSG. That I usually hate.
So let's see how it works in the Jetta Diesel.
It also looks more like metal. Still not sure if it is or not...
Which included a sunroof, GPS and the always great Fender Audio system.
Since I'm not especially crazy about killing animals to cover my car seats. Plastic will do just fine...
They are still noisier than regular gas engines. (No matter what some other reviewers are saying)
It's obvious when cold. Even after a while, lower the windows at a red light when idling, and you know you're driving a diesel.
Things become quiet when driving. It just settles into a "different" sound. Which is is fine.
It also still smells a little bit. Not bad like the old diesels. But there is a smell.
Again, nothing you know while driving...
Overall, the Jetta is a fine driving car. But it doesn't have that "heavy, solid" German car feel it used to have .
(Same with the current Passat actually)
There is nothing wrong, it's just not that special anymore.
Like most new VWs, the steering is fine, if a bit light. It is still better than most. (Like the dead Nissan feel)
Now for the DSG.
It has to be the worst automatic transmission I have experience.
But it seems to vary. The Beetle 2.0 Liter I drove a while ago seemed a bit better. (Or maybe I just got used to it)
In this car, it is really bad.
Mostly while the car is in first.
Between the DSG and the Turbo lag from the engine, a smooth take off is almost impossible.
(There is nothing, then a rush of power.)
Same thing in reverse when slowing down to a stop.
It is just really weird and always feels like there is something wrong.
Things are fine once you get in 2nd gear. But shifting really doesn't seem any faster than a regular automatic.
Speaking of "regular" automatics, what is wrong with them???
This thing doesn't shift any faster and I don't see any fuel saving from it.
It is rated at 30/42MPG.
I did reach about 30 in the city (A bit less than with the manual)
But , got much more than the official number on the Highway, with 51MPG.
Again, a bit less than with the 6 speed manual.
Another thing: I have no idea why the official HWY numbers on every single VW TDI models are always way off. Way under what people are actually getting.
Most people seem to be OK with the DSG. I have never really seen anyone complaining about it as much as I do.
But I do have this problem in every single one I drive. It does vary a bit, but it's always bad.
I guess people don't really care...
Otherwise, the Jetta TDI is a fine car.
But its main competition is actually the "regular" Jetta with the new 1.8 Liter engine.
That new engine is rated at 26/36. But I actually got 28/43 in actual driving.
Which is getting pretty close to the Diesel version. For about $2000 less.
The new 1.8 Liter Turbo also uses cheaper Regular Gas.
And on the other side, the Hybrid version is actually great. The 7 speed DSG works much better when helped by an electric motor. And it does actually get 45 in both city and highway.
But if I was in the market for a Jetta, the 1.8 Liter is the one I would get.
It does have a nice Turbo rush. It is quick, quieter than the diesel. Cheaper to run and buy.
And around town, uses about the same amount of gas.
Besides bumpers and headlights, the exterior is pretty much the same.
Inside it is still the same thing too. Except for some piano black trim and the steering wheel from the new Golf.
But the Diesel does come with a new engine. Still a 2.0 Liter. But is has more power and even better MPG. Which could factually get about 55MPG in real life driving.
Something I'll have to try soon...