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If the Volkswagen Jetta TDI featured in our Battle Of The Eco Compact Cars comparison test looked familiar, that's because it's our long-term tester. In fact, you might say that the arrival of our Jetta TDI is what sparked the idea for the comparison test, especially after Editor-in-Chief John Neff took the car on a few long highway trips and recorded well over 50 miles per gallon. And while the Jetta – spoiler alert! – may not have won our eco-warrior comparison, its 2.0-liter diesel engine continues to impress us with its effortless efficiency.

Just how effortless? We enthusiasts tend not to be the most efficient drivers, and yet our recorded average fuel economy over the past 8,500 miles is 43.4 miles per gallon. That's right, our average combined number is 1.4 mpg higher than the EPA's highway rating for the Jetta TDI. In fact, we've recorded as high as 53.5 mpg on the highway, and even under the most spirited driving, the lowest number recorded in our logbook so far is just 36.7 mpg.

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Jetta logbookSpeaking of logbook, that term gets thrown around quite often when referencing our long-term cars. The photo to the right shows the actual logbook that lives inside our Jetta TDI, where we record data like mileage, gallons of diesel consumed, cost of fill-ups and, of course, fuel economy.

Our most impressive fuel economy is yet to come, though. In August, the Jetta will make its big cross-country trek from Detroit to Los Angeles, and we'll likely achieve over 50 mpg a number of times during the multiple-day trip. Last year, our two long-term cars met in the middle of the country, and our old Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition only mustered up an average of 39.9 mpg (while being substantially more fun to drive in the process, natch).

Before the Jetta leaves for Los Angeles, we'll be taking it in for its first scheduled maintenance appointment. In addition to an oil change, we want to make sure the car is in tip-top shape for its cross-country commute. Suffice it to say, we won't be taking it to any old lube shop this time around.

Stay tuned for next month's update to read the full report about the Jetta's 2,300-mile journey.

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      godwhomismike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like KT was driving it like he stole it,
      TOGO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Styling aside, Volkswagen is still one of the best cars made. I'd have a VW over a Honda or Toyota any day.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car reminds me of the last generation Camaro. One good engine surrounded by trash lol.
      All Rights Reserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not very impressive. Autoblog "claims" the Chevrolet Cruze averages 42mpg in the CITY. So this Diesel Jetta is not impressive at all.
        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        @All Rights Reserved
        But the diesel is far more enjoyable to drive. And in spite of what a few bloggers claim here, VW quality has taken a leap upwards.
      Julie Gould
      • 3 Years Ago
      I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsOut.com
        Joe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Julie Gould
        AB, would you PLEASE add these key words to your message board filter so we don't have to look at this crap any longer? It's getting pretty old.
      viper3ez
      • 3 Years Ago
      i never see any on the road and i am always on the road. they definitely lost that VW appeal. it is a sad time for midsize sedans when the camry "looks" more sporty and less bland than a Jetta. they really need to go back to their design culture
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @viper3ez
        Yet I see a fairly large number on the road and my town doesn't have a VW dealer. Sales numbers overall are up from the previous generation. I'm not a big fan of it, but it's not really accurate to say it's not popular.
          viper3ez
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          i did not say it is unpopular, i just said i dont see them. i still think they took it in the wrong direction though. designwise
      • 3 Years Ago
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        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can't get over how incredibly successful this Jetta is despite it's cheapened interior and mechanicals. It definitely proves the old saw, "Sell to the Masses, Dine with the Classes"
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          yep cheap sells. John Deere started to make cheap home mowers and everyone that owns a REAL John Deere knows they are junk and will say it. People that own REAL VW's apparently can't admit that their new cheap sell volume doesn't equal quality. I really hope they can bring diesel to the light of the market though. If their diesel's sell well, maybe we will start to have more options. We were in quite a problem when my buddies' 2005 Passat wouldn't start in the cold and we couldn't figure out how to jump it with the damn Prius. (I know that I can jumpstart cars, but when it's -2 degrees you don't want to search for crap). Why won't they put start/stop on these damn things? It would get so much better fuel economy. Also, I've driven these diesels, these reviewers much be driving them in North Dakota where there aren't many street lights. When we drive my buddies Passat around Philadelphia we only average about 25mpg. Once it gets on highway the overall average jumps up considerably (he averages about 33mpg) but city driving should be rated about 26mph and probably like 41highway. I realize this is not as efficient as the new Jetta, so maybe like 30 / 44 for the new jetta? Start/stop could get it to like 34/44 The Prius is rated like 49mpg highway and we get about 53mpg at 65-75mph. Once we hit 80-88mph it drops down to about 47mpg though.
          J
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          >Emil I'm wondering how long it'll take? A big chance the buyers will buy a Korean next time as there is no pride of owning VW. By then they have lost their previous buyers as they are not interested in low quality garbage. Why not buying a Toyota if this is what VW offers? Emil - you need to put your chef suit on and go back to the kitchen...
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      This must be the new diesel Camry.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      every time i see one of this on the road i mix them with Audis. "Look at that Audi! Oh, its a VW"
        Mayoman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        I wouldn't necessarily consider that a bad thing.
      Man
      • 3 Years Ago
      All of you haters need to go look at this car in person. Test drive it and then comment on how horrible and boring this car is. You will be surprised!!! There is something very appealing about its firm subtle stance. (This is coming from a guy that owns a 2010 Mazdaspeed3). The interior is simple but very functional and I really like that. It feels like a car instead of a complicated airplane cockpit. My mazdaspeed 3 steering wheel has 18 buttons on it and I think that just an over kill. 18 freaking buttons. It took me 2 months to figure out what all the buttons do. The Jetta is only got 6. As far as styling goes I believe it beats Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford and Chevy (and their respective models). The only exceptions might be Hyundai and Mazda. I really don't see how this car is any worst looking then the previous Jetta.
      chickenflauta
      • 3 Years Ago
      It really upsets me that EPA ratings for diesel vehicles seem to be consistently far lower than average driving can achieve. It does great engine's like the Jetta's a disservice. :(
        All Rights Reserved
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        The Jetta is closer than the Cruze. Autoblog averaged 42mpg in the CITY. So I guess EPA gas estimates are worse.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        Thank US Automakers for that one.... They all petitioned the EPA to lower the mileage estimates for Diesel. They then quote those low numbers as further "proof" the gas engines are better. Except for GM, they figured *something* out with the Cruze diesel, I've been contemplating a Jetta TDI and suddenly GM says they will release one. I'm still surprised and wondering why their management hasn't killed the idea for being too good. It's almost as if by accident....
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