New Volkswagen TDI diesel vs. Toyota Prius

Posted By on September 26, 2008

Prius and TDi
It’s always great to see these headlines … New VW Jetta Diesel Tops Prius in Fuel-Economy Marathon Test … although its a bit misleading. The Prius still tops the 2009 VW Jetta TDI with DSG in the city, but the clean diesel surpasses the Toyota Hybrid on the highway (Jetta: 45.4 MPG | Prius: 44.8 MPG) — even if as the author says, “the Jetta’s drivetrain almost encourages you to burn fuel that is, it’s actually fun to drive. And the same cannot be said for the Prius.” Check out Ben Stewart’s September 24, 2008 Popular Mechanic’s article.


  • Dirt Nerd

    funny. my ’04 passat tdi still turns out 41+ on trips and it’s lifetime mileage is nearing the 40 mark. And that’s a midsize car!

  • That’s some excellent fuel economy on an 04 Passat with an automatic. I know several have been over 50 mpg consistently with these new 2009 TDIs. (BTW, they do have significantly more ‘pep’ with this stock 2.0L clean diesel TDI)

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