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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Shifting into the sixth member of the 40 mpg club

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The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is another car that I featured as part of the article: Belonging is important: The 40 mpg club.

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Over the years, Volkswagen has been known for doing things a bit differently in the automotive industry. The automaker joins the 40 mpg club by offering a fuel-efficient diesel.

So what does the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI have to offer on a highway near you?

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a compact five-passenger front-wheel drive four-door sedan.

The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel providing 140 hp and 236 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. This Volkswagen’s 0-60 mph time is in 9.3 seconds.

The Volkswagen Jetta has a wheelbase measuring 104.4 inches and the trunk offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 14.5 gallons and its highway cruising range is an impressive 609 miles.

On the exterior the Volkswagen Jetta has a modern and solid look.

At the front the windshield is well raked (the Cd. is .30). The hood is very compact in length and contains V shaped and recesses cut line at the edges. The headlights are trim units. The grille continues the trim look. Below the bumper is trim looking air intake with black insert that contain driving lights.

The Jetta’s side profile looks solid as it contains a beveled edge just above the door handles. There is also a strong beveled area on the lower part of the doors. The upper glass stretches to the back of the car. A bit of the headlights and taillight are visible in the fenders.

At the rear this four-door sedan also looks solid. The trunk lid is short and flat and it contains a slight lip at the edge. The taillights are horizontal units that have a distinctive shape in the trunk. The license plate area has a very clean design. A single exhaust outlet is located on the left side.

The interior of the Volkswagen Jetta has a sporty appearance. The attention to detail and fit and finish are good. The driver views crisp well lit gauges. They consist of a large round tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. Additionally, digital information is provided in between these gauges. The front bucket seats are very comfortable and include good side bolstering. The car’s switches and controls are logically positioned. At the back the rear legroom and headroom are good. The 40/60 split rear seat folds down to increase the cargo area.

The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11.3 inches at the front and 10.2 inches at the rear. This Volkswagen’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 126 feet. The tires measure 205 55 16 inch.

The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes a torsion-beam, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, trailing links and a stabilizer bar.

Standard features on this Volkswagen include air conditioning, remote power door locks, windows and mirrors (heated), tilt and telescoping steering wheel, electric power steering, audio controls on the steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, intermittent wipers, interior air filtration, rear window defogger, external temperature display, remote trunk release, 12 volt power outlets, retained accessory power, 6-speaker AM/FM in dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, pre-wired for phone, Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone and more.

Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.

The EPA fuel rating for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI is 30 city and 42 mpg highway.

On the road this solid Volkswagen offers good acceleration and pulling power, precise handling, a nicely finished interior and excellent fuel economy.

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI’s MSRP starts at $22,275.

If you want a compact sedan that offers German engineering, nimble handling, good highway cruising and is fun to drive, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is a solid diesel ride to consider!

Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money.” His automotive site: www.DriveTheBestBook.com includes an exclusive article just for you, additional car articles, information about Kyle Busch and his 510,000 mile car, and you can even submit your automotive questions and get expert answers. Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.

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