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Volkswagen Jetta / Sportwagen

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 30/42/34 (auto)
Annual Fuel Cost: $1160
TheCarConnection Meta Review Rating: 8.0
The Bottom Line: Although the Jetta’s doesn't offer the farfegnugen it once did, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta provides spacious interior room and efficient clean-diesel technology.

Volkswagen's Jetta has in recent years become a little larger, a little more practical, and some reviewers have gone so far as to call it the German Corolla. However we think that the Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen are both more refined and more exciting to drive—along with way more fuel-efficient—with its available TDI diesel engine. The tremendous torque of the turbo-diesel makes the VW Jetta feel sprightly in city driving and mature and confident on the highway. And we've seen real-world results in the 50-mpg range.


Volkswagen Golf

EPA City/Highway/Combined mpg: 30/42/34 (auto)
Annual Fuel Cost: $1160
Rating and Bottom Line N/A

This year Volkswagen starts calling its affordable hatchback the Golf, after calling it the Rabbit for several years…and the Golf before that…and the Rabbit before that. Whatever you want to call it, VW has offered its fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine off and on for many years on this hatch, and we overwhelmingly recommend it over the base five-cylinder. The VW Golf has been significantly revamped for '10. We had a brief teaser drive of the 2010 Golf TDI earlier in the year, but stay tuned for extensive U.S.-spec driving impressions.


 
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  1. interesting list. i personally find the camry, civic, accord, etc hybrids very practical. if it helps reduce our reliance on petrol the slightest, that's great. how in the world a car the size of the yaris (and with those looks) only gets ~29 MPH is beyond me. assume the allaboutprius.com site/editor are proud papa's with the prius staying atop the list once again :-)
     
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  2. Wow, Chevy's hybrids didn't even make it above the imports non-hybrids. Guess they STILL don't get it.
     
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  3. I think the people driving the Lambo or Bentley(s) don't really care about mileage. I would rather drive a large gas guzzling SUV or Truck knowing that the Occupants inside are safe, that seems more important to me than saving a couple bucks on gas.
     
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  4. Oh and as for the Prius, can't wait to see what happens in the lawsuit...
     
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  5. I don't think that even VW gets it. I have a 2004 VW TDI 5 spd. It gets 41 to 44 mpg. combined during the Winter. Two weeks ago, my wife drove it approximately 500 miles round trip to the Tn. border and back. 51 mpg. I have logged 48, 50, 49 and 47.7,47.7 mpg. combined. Now VW has upped the hp, cleaned up the emissions, and dropped the fuel mileage. We have 145,000 plus miles on my wife's Jetta TDI, but I am at a loss as to what to replace it with?? I drive a 98 Neon R/T with 158,299 miles on it. It has a 150 hp double overhead cam engine with a 7,000 rpm redline and a 7,300 factory rev limiter. It still runs 120 mph in 4th and I still have 5th gear left over. I drive it hard and get 31 mpg combined. I drive it like an old man and I get a best of 37.7 mpg combined. The new cars have a hard time matching that. What are the car manufacturers doing???
     
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