Volkswagen has just released the official pricing for the new 2009 Jetta TDI and, as promised, the price will be about $2,000 more than the base gas engine. The Jetta TDI will run $21,990 in four-door sedan form and $23,590 in SportWagen style
. The TDIs will be equivalent to the SE trim level for the gas-engined cars which is the mid-level setup. The TDI will be available with a choice of either a three-pedal completely manual 6-speed gearbox or two-pedal DSG setup. The DSG also has six forward gears and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for those so inclined.
Volkswagen also released the results of some real world mileage testing that they commissioned. When the official EPA mileage numbers came out last month, the DSG model scored a slightly disappointing 29mpg city and 40mpg highway. The new for 2008 EPA test procedures are thought to underestimate real world performance for diesel engines. Volkswagen hired third party tester AMCI to find out and their numbers came out 24 percent better than EPA at 38mpg city and 44mpg highway. We'll be waiting patiently for our own opportunity to find out just what a Jetta can do in the ABG garage. The fifty-state legal Jetta TDI will be on sale in August, but dealers should be receiving some any day now for test drives.
THE PEOPLE WANT BETTER FUEL ECONOMY WITH NO COMPROMISES
Volkswagen Jetta TDI starting at $21,990 and certified at 38/44 mpg
HERNDON, Va.-Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for their eagerly anticipated Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen starting at $21,990 and $23,590, respectively. Fuel efficiency, performance and convenience all come standard with the 50-state compliant Jetta sedan and SportWagen TDI, which meet the most stringent emissions standards in California and the world. Both models will be available this August.
"Our clean diesel vehicles offer consumers a true value with the fuel efficiency that drivers are looking for while providing power, utility and performance," said Mark Barnes, COO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "The Jetta TDI's offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience."
While the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 29 mpg City and 40 mpg Highway, Volkswagen went a step further to show the true fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Leading third-party certifier, AMCI, has tested the Jetta TDI and found it performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38 mpg in the City and 44 mpg on the Highway.*
The Jetta TDI's come standard with Volkswagen's Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of numerous standard safety features. Jetta TDI's include six airbags, with optional rear side airbags, and like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, Jetta TDI's also feature standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) for added safety.
Also standard for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefree maintenance program, with this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle's maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty-three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.