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Jetta tdi top 10 fuel efficiency surprises

Is it really a surprise??? I think there's an error because the article says 50 mpg but then the quoted mpg is in the 30s?:confused: Then again, the article also includes the Audi TT 2.0T, not really a fuel sipper.

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31 mpg city/39 mpg highway (est)
Vee-Dub diesel diehards, particularly those who live in the states tied to California emissions standards, are dancing an oily polka, because their diesel messiah returns in the form of the 50-state-legal, state-of-the-art Jetta TDI. The rest of us are just excited about a car that should regularly return over 50 mpg. Official fuel economy figures aren’t out yet, but we expect to see something like low 30s in the city and high 30s on the highway from normal use, although we’re sure diesel-huffing fanboys (and girls)—the sort of people who debate the optimal drafting distances for differently-shaped “tow vehiclesâ€â€”will employ their favorite mileage-stretching strategies to crush the Prius’s 45-mpg highway figure.

An expected jog to 60 mph in 8.0 to 8.5 seconds, while not embarrassing, does fail to express how well this car will dispatch day-to-day driving duties. With torque available from idle to redline, the stress of sphincter-clenching maneuvers like country-road passing and sprints across busy intersections is much mitigated.

The federal mandate for ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel, long available in other parts of the world, facilitates the use of emissions control technologies developed with Mercedes and others under the BlueTec label, although Volkswagen will continue to use its TDI moniker. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz E320, the Jetta TDI makes do without urea injection, instead employing a storage catalyst that traps nitrogen oxides until enough have built up to be burned off. No word yet on the rumored Grateful Dead–edition TDI equipped with an NOx-to-nitrous-oxide converter with dashboard-mounted balloon inflator.
http://www.caranddriver.com/features/14444/2008-volkswagen-jetta-tdi.html
 

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Hmmm.. the average between 31 and 39 is about 35....how do they go from 35 est to 50 mpg regularly return?
 

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Easy...PM isn't known for excellent journalism. From what I've heard, we should expect 45-50 mpg. But once again, the TDI is reported to be a better driver than a Prius.
 

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A lot of weird choices too, the corvette, porsche cayman. The site also includes 10 vehicles for the apocalypse,lol
 

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Apparently the polo would be close to the golf's price if they imported it too. Shame, because I think a lot of people would like to see the car, even if just to increase VW's image.
 

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I drove my Golf TDI 905 miles mostly hwy, and average 57 MPG, but I drove it like my granny, 62 to 63 mph, I am pretty sure that I could get to 1K with a full tank next time, but definitly is boring driving at the speed.


Put 40 PSI on tires, use lowest setting on fuel quantity vag.com, and followed all big rigs on the roads, being shielded from the wind. I really believe it is how you step on the pedal, what is going to determine what is your MPG.
 
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