I wrote an article about Diesel vs Hybrid cars a few days ago reinforcing my belief that Hybrid and not Diesel is the future of cars. However it seems like the new VolksWagen Jetta Diesel is out to prove me wrong. The new Jetta can manage almost 1200km of highway driving per tank. Given that the tank is only 55L in capacity, that is a truly amazing fact. With a reported fuel consumption of only 5.8L /100km for city and highway driving combined it is still higher than the 4.4L / 100km of the Toyota Prius. However given that its a diesel and it costs less, its outstanding!
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Would we buy it? No, because its powered by a 2.0L Turbocharged Diesel engine producing nothing more than 103KW of power (but a very respectful 320Nm of Torque). But just because we don't like it doesn't mean you don't have to! Because if getting to 100km/hr in 9.7 secs isn't slow for you, if the noise of the engine doesnt annoy you, if you don't mind the fact that the back of you car looks like a 2000 model Toyota Corolla and that you are driving a car made in Mexico (so much for paying for a German car). Then the VolksWagen Jetta might just be your kind of car!