• Sep 30, 2008
The VW Jetta TDI has proven to be quite popular in the short time it's been on sale here in the U.S.: it has put sales of the Tiguan in the cooler and the ones that are available are very hard to get. Now the fairest Jetta of them all has set a Guinness World Record by traversing the lower 48 U.S. states while returning 58.82 mpg thanks to John and Helen Taylor.

The Taylors took 20 days to cover the 9,419 miles in a counter clockwise direction, and this wasn't a hypermiling slow-as-you-can-go affair – they stayed within 5 mph of the speed limit. Their car was completely stock as it consumed just 11 tanks of ultra low sulfur diesel and traveled 853 miles per fill up. With that kind of mileage and handling high up on the fun factor, the Jetta TDI makes an excellent case for itself if you like driving and want to lower your fuel consumption.

VW also recently told us that the go-fast Jetta TDIs in the TDI Cup Series are returning an average of 25 mpg and doing their entire 7-race series on just two tanks of gas, which includes qualifying. If that's true, there's got to be another world record in there somewhere...

[Source: AutoblogGreen]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd be all over one if I only had a job.... :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      OH, and for the us ratings ... they separate out highway and city driving my friend. The reason it's rated so low is that diesel engines get crappy mileage for the first ~2000 miles, and they're tested by the gov't with 0 miles on them. But don't take my word for it. Ask ANYBODY who has bought a brand new diesel car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How did it set a record for GAS mileage.
      You can't put GAS in a TDI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That`s quite good , they probably didn`t drive in city much , rather more outside city where diesels get good numbers .
      In europe owners of the Golf 2.0 TDI have average consumption of 6,3 liter per 100 km which is about 37-38 mpg and their cars haven`t as many catalysts as that sold in US which are also increasing consumption .

      http://www.spritmonitor.de/en/overview/50-Volkswagen/452-Golf.html?fueltype=1&power_s=100&power_e=115
      • 6 Years Ago
      to make that same trip with regular unleaded (using the 29 mpg hwy VW is claiming for it's Jetta) it would cost you at LEAST 500 dollars more

        • 6 Years Ago
        29 hwy for a gas jetta is a little conservative. my 06 2.5 jetta averages 36 on all hwy at 70mph, dividing miles by gallons used, and i here the 2.0 averages better. that sure doesn't make it cheaper for the gas version but it brings it somewhat closer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Diesel is $4.39 here in Dayton Ohio and gas is $3.51. Where I live the TDI is no better than any fuel efficient gas car.

      Perhaps in other places and in California the metrics are different. But I dont live there now do I.

      I dont think any enthusiast is going to buy either car. Ive never heard of anyone tossing a Jetta around. Its an econobox. Just like a Prius or Corolla. There is no fun factor to be had unless the fun is in good gas mileage (legitimately). The people who want fun are buying 3-Series and A4s and living with 18mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you ever driven the new Jetta TDi? I just returned from a test drive (to which I will most likely be signing my life away to soon) and it was so much fun to drive. Corolla's ride on pillows. The Prius is more of the same. And just as a point, the A3 and the Jetta share the same underpinnings. Also, the last generation A4 shared its underpinnings with the Jetta. Have a nice day. QED.
        • 6 Years Ago
        never had fun in an econobox?

        ever heard of an Integra Type R, Civic Si, Cobalt SS (the new one) etc?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wheres those BMW diesels we've been promised?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw them at the Jetta TDI Cup race this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. They had them talk a little about it during the podium celebrations after race 1. It's weird seeing them here now. Pretty amazing thing though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes me almost want a Jetta TDI.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My apologies Yar.I meant Greg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me too! I'd own one of these any day over a Prius!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now if we could only get some cheaper (less taxed) diesel fuel in North America (i know here in Canada it's not insignificantly more expensive) we'd be alright. It also seems like Diesel fuel is harder to find (at least here in newfoundland). Great to see that real world numbers are better than expected for once...

      http://www.samalamadingdong.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      45mpg in a gasoline car at $3.51 a gallon yields as good or better cost per mile savings.

      Right now diesel is about $4.39 a gallon.

      Granted diesels have nice torque and being relatively close it would be a lifestyle choice as much as an economic one. Just pointing out that the TDI is not some runaway money saver.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Here in Atlanta, diesel is cheaper than regular grade gasoline
        • 6 Years Ago
        Diesel is $4.39 in Dayton, Ohio and regular gas is $3.51. Here it would make no economic sense to jump into a TDI without looking at regulat fuel efficient gas cars.

        In California Im sure the metric is different.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm assuming this particular car is equipped with a manual transmission, but I saw no mention of the spec in the article text. I'd be curious to see how differently the slushbox and manual perfom, though I'd never buy anything but the latter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, a 6-speed manual is available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "they stayed within 5 mph of the speed limit"

      Lord It must have been a epic journey spanning decades. Why not just take horse and buggy and be done with it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The article has nothing to do with SUV's moron!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey , as long as You can tell me who 'created' the ' big bang'we could re-visit that argument.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Previous J M C 3 comment to Yar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yar, being an enthusiast doesn't mean you have to drive like an idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yar, you are relatively certain of something that just isn't so. One does not have to exceed 100 to drive spiritedly. Speaking of that, maybe you also think creationism should be taught in schools?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Once you're over 17 years old and start paying for your own gas, you actually grow up and observe speed limits.
        • 6 Years Ago
        really, you do?

        I'm over 17, pay for my own gas, and well lets say I observe the signs but not the message most of the time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe if you choose to drive some stupid SUV, but I go 10-15 over at all times, and still manage over 30mpg. Have fun in your deathtrap!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting. I'm actually 17, pay for my own gas and for my own car, and I pretty much always go over the speed limit. Yet, I've also never been pulled over. I also return high 20's gas mileage.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Matt, it doesn't matter that you can get high 20's mpg while speeding. The point of the original response is that you'll get better mileage and save money if you drive 60-65.
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