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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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