• ModernMode avatar ModernMode Posted: 2/3/2012 6:26pm PST

    Diesel costs so much more than gasoline, I just don't understand why anyone would want one. Any savings on mpg is eaten up by the higher price.

  • fb_1505848377 avatar Laura Posted: 2/4/2012 12:22pm PST

    For starters, in the real world VW TDIs and other diesels get better mpg than the EPA says they should get, unlike gassers (especially hybrids) which tend to do worse than EPA ratings. While EPA rates my 2009 Jetta TDI MT at 30/41 and 34 mpg combined, owners average about 40 mpg combined. Mine is averaging 46-47 mpg and goes over 500 miles on a tank, so it saves money compared to an equivalent gasser that in the real world would average in the low 30 mpg range.

    Also, diesels have a lot of low end torque which makes them more responsive in traffic. VW's are also tuned with a responsive steering and suspension, so they are fun to drive.