2.5L SE w/Sunroof shown
- $20,595 - $28,395
- No trim specified for this review
- Great Fuel Economy. Nice finish for price. Bluetooth and Media Center. Roominess for the size.
- Sound system. Curve handling.
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I researched many cars, and was primarily looking for a car with excellent gas mileage. I looked at some hybrids, but none was as fun to drive. After 6 weeks, I am getting 45 mpg on the highway at 70 mph (TDI DSG)- amazing. I have only filled the tank twice and have driven more than 1000 miles. In California, diesel #2 is as cheap as regular unleaded, so this was a surprise as in other parts of the country, diesel is priciest.
I think the finish is the typical upscale VW interior, compared to other cars in its class and price point. I also have a 2003 Passat Wagon, and have to say that the Jetta TDI is much more fun to drive. I do have to say that the Monsoon sound system in the Passat is far superior; it has much richer bass. The Sportwagen sounds a little too tinny even with adjustment to the equalizer. The Passat also handled curves much better without any body lean. At speed, I definitely have to brake or adjust my lines to avoid this in the Sportwagen. I do appreciate the better acceleration with the S mode in the TDI DSG. It gives one confidence in merging into dense traffic or passing on congested highways (or accident avoidance). There is a little lag at slow speeds, but overall, the car handles solidly.
I had tried to wait for a Passat Diesel wagon as I do prefer a slightly larger car. But overall, I think the Sportwagen a great car, thus far.
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