Posted By RichC on July 5, 2008
The new Volkswagen TDI diesels are beginning to show up around the U.S. and orders are being taken at dealerships now for the 2009 models. I’ll also mention that a good place to talk diesel would be the 2008 TDIFest in Mason, Ohio over Labor Day weekend (Registration info and Conference Hotel info).
The new TDI pricing has been announced with the Jetta TDI sedan starting at $21,990 and the SportWagen starting at $23,590. The fuel efficiency is exceptional considering the performance has been enhanced with substantially more power while also becoming 50-state compliant. Yes they meet the stringent emissions standards of California. Mark Barnes, COO of Volkswagen of American, Inc. stated, “Our clean diesel vehicles offer consumers a true value with the fuel efficiency that drivers are looking for while providing power, utility and performance. The Jetta TDI’s offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience.”
While the Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 29 mpg City and 40 mpg Highway, Volkswagen went a step further to show the true fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Leading third-party certifier, AMCI, has tested the Jetta TDI and found it performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38 mpg in the City and 44 mpg on the Highway.*
The Jetta TDI’s come standard with Volkswagen’s Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of numerous standard safety features. Jetta TDI’s include six airbags, with optional rear side airbags, and like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, Jetta TDI’s also feature standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) for added safety.
Also standard for 2009 is Volkswagen’s carefree maintenance program. With this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle’s maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty — three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.