• May 8, 2007
When we told you last month about the return of Volkswagen's Jetta wagon, many of you were unimpressed by the car's bland styling and we don't totally disagree.

Now, however, we find out what VW's hiding under those dowdy clothes. Inside Line is reporting that VW expects 2008 Sportwagens ordered with the 2.0 diesel engine to get EPA numbers of 40 city/60 highway. A VW spokesperson also said the diesel Sportwagen will be available nationwide, the first time since 1999 that a diesel Jetta will be sold in all 50 states.

For us, a fuel-sipping diesel combined with an under-$20k starting price makes up at least a little bit for the uninspiring exterior. Looks like it's gonna be a long wait until the diesels hit the lots in January.

Thanks for the tip, Steve!

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I have the 2006 jetta tdi with a 5 speed manual. I shift below 2000 rpm, and cruise control at 70 up and down the Sierra Mountains. I average 2/3 highway and 1/3 city with 47mpg. I go fast enough to merge on highways or start past lights safely which is all I want. I can't wait for the faster 2008 with a six speed manual and even better mpg.
      • 7 Years Ago
      40-60, you say? Are those by new EPA mileage standards--or old ones?
      • 7 Years Ago

      What's the best Hybride or Diesel for a high gas mileage car for the money? I travel a lot and put 20K to 30K on my car a year and would like to save a little in the gas bottomless pit that seems to be forming!

      Thanks,

      Todd Charske
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's really, really nice to hear. This is now one of the cars we'll be looking at when we purchase our next vehicle in the next 9-12 months.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #22, you a damn fool.

      In colder temperatures nickel metal hydride batteies do not work well. In those temperatures these batteries lose their charge much quicker and have to be recharged again. If temperatures are to low the same electro-chemical reaction cannot take place in the way it needs to. With a hybrid car trying to charge a battery that is never going to keep a charge, your fuel mileage drops like a hot potato.

      Now what were you saying about diesel? Oh, and what fuel is 30 cents cheaper per gallon right now?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this just me, or does this Jetta have the rear design of a 1995 accord wagon.

      http://www.superstreetonline.com/featuredvehicles/custom_1995_honda_wagon_iced/photo_01.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      This folks is a brand new diesels that no one outside of VW has driven yet. Nope, not even available in Europe.

      A high power version of this engine (204 hp/295lb-ft) powered the Audi Cross Coupe concept. That engine was rated @ 40 MPG Combined in the European test. A 140 hp/240 lb-ft version should do even better in the Jetta. Should be awesome and can't wait for official EPA figures.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "If Inside Line is correct, that is an amazing accomplishment. What is the purpose of a hybrid when a diesel gets much better mileage, is available in all 50 states, costs only a bit more and uses far less complicated parts?"

      diesel fuel becomes nearly unusable in colder temperatures, the reason people use hybrids is that they can be treated the same as any other car. the northern states would have lots of problems trying to start their diesel cars in winter
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it true that vw is working on a diesel hybrid, is this true?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pretty amazing. I hope they also did some work on its engine's smoothness. While walking on streets, quite often, I turn my head to see what kind of tractor engine is generating such rough engine noise while idle or at low speeds. And what do I see quite a lot? A Jetta!
      • 7 Years Ago
      @Yggdrasilly:

      Since the new EPA mileage standards are already in effect and this is a forthcoming model, I'm sure these figures are under the new standards.

      Besides, this figure is about what was already expected from the new 2.0L TDI unit from the speculation since VW showed it off a while back.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Let me guess...40/60 with the manual, correct?

      Autoblog, you are a US blog, so you must specify that. Since everyone has to have a slushie, they won't get those numbers :).
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