Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Compared to Toyota’s Prius V Three

In July, Edmunds’ Inside Line looked at the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI compared to Toyota’s new Prius V Three wagon. Both are billed as eco-friendly, high-efficiency upgrades—the Prius as a gas-electric hybrid and the SportWagen as a turbo diesel. The VW Jetta SportWagen TDI was the clear winner of Edmunds’ head-to-head challenge. Here’s why:

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These two cars are designed to appeal to space-conscious, eco-conscious families who still want some bang for their buck. The VW 2012 SportWagen has a lower, sportier profile than the Prius while sacrificing only 0.4 cubic feet of space with someone in every seat, and only 1.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seat down. The VW is a crossover made for eco-conscious families that still want to feel the power and adaptability of a real “car.”

Brains

In the Edmunds’ comparison, the VW’s inner workings blew away the Prius when it came to handling and power. According to the Edmunds’ comparison, “the Prius V feels slow nearly all the time, while the Jetta SportWagen never feels underpowered, even on hills.” The VW’s 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine and six-speed automated double-clutch manual transmission give it a feel that’s “more like a car and less like a driving appliance.” The Prius V does get slightly better fuel economy, but its continuously variable transmission (CVT) gives it an odd feel and “rubber-band” response. Add to that the Prius’ loud, unmistakable drone at highway speeds below a 70-mpg cruise (louder than the VW at full throttle by 2 decibels), and the VW is the clear winner.

Business

The Prius V Three will be priced at $27,165, just over Edmunds’ estimated value of $27,000 back in July. In their estimate, it would take about two years to recoup the higher cost of the Prius over the VW, even with the Prius’ lower gas mileage costs.

According to Edmunds, the VW Jetta SportWagen TDI is “simply more rewarding to drive in every situation.” With a better bottom line, better performance, and a body built with the family in mind, it’s time to accept it – diesel’s back!

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VW Jetta Voted Top Ten Coolest Cars Under $18K

 Volkswagen Jetta!

volkswagen jettaIf you want to drive in style without spending a fortune, you will be pleased to learn that finding a cool yet affordable car is easier than you think.  The Kelley Blue Book editors recently released a ranking of the top ten coolest cars under $18K, and the VW Jetta made the list at No. 8.

What factors are taken into account when determining what makes a car “cool?”  After all, there are plenty of cars, especially older ones, which can get you from point A to point B.  However, if you want to turn heads and truly enjoy your time behind the wheel, you will look into the list of inexpensive cars that still look and feel very cool.

This current version of the VW Jetta starts at $16,000, but it certainly packs a big punch at this affordable price.  Extensive safety features, including the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) that activates upon airbag deployment.  The fuel pump is automatically shut off, the doors unlock, and the hazard lights turn on.  This is typically a feature found in luxury cars well beyond the Jetta’s price range.

volkswagen jettaThe 2011 Jetta also packs a powerful punch under the hood, making it very fun to drive.  The 2.0 liter supercharged engine offers 140 horsepower, great maneuverability, and high responsiveness.  Inside the car, you will enjoy many comfort benefits as well.  The cabin and cargo space are larger and more comfortable than past models.  This means that adults standing 6 feet or taller can comfortably ride in the backseat.  This feature earned the Jetta a best-in-class comfort rating.

Volkswagen has proved itself over and over again when it comes to fuel economy.  On the highway, you can enjoy up to 42 mpg, saving you hundreds of dollars on gas in the course of a year.  Even with combined city and highway driving, the 2011 Jetta achieved about 39 mpg in testing.  For an even greener option with comparable gas mileage, consider the VW Jetta clean diesel option.

Safety, reliability, comfort, and a very cool look await when you invest in a 2011 Jetta, one of the coolest cars under $18K.  Learn more about your local Volkswagen dealership by following Lewisville VW on Twitter and liking the company on Facebook.

Volkswagen Goes Green with Gas-Electric VW Hybrid Jetta in 2012

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

The popular VW Jetta will soon unveil its makeover for the 2012 version, which will join the ranks of other affordable hybrid car models. This latest version of the Jetta will run on both gas and electricity, meaning drivers can save money at the pump and help the environment at the same time.

When designing this car as VW’s best hybrid, affordability was a huge consideration.  The current 2011 Jetta, which runs on gasoline, debuted at $16,000 last summer, and was approximately $1,700 less than the 2010 Jetta.  The continual goal of VW is to put Jetta on the shopping list of people who previously considered the Jetta to be too expensive.  At the same time, company representatives have stated that they want high-volume models like the Jetta to join the eco-friendly trend without costing too much initially for the customer.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2012 Jetta features a twincharger TSI inline four-cylinder engine.  VW describes the vehicle as having a fuel economy that is best in its class while surpassing the Honda Civic Hybrid and other hybrid vehicles in terms of horsepower.  The price is still a mystery, but it is certainly expected to be a few thousand dollars more than the 2011 model because of the hybrid feature.  Estimates put the price in the mid-$20,000s.

The closest competitor to this 2012 VW hybrid isn’t the Civic Hybrid, but the Jetta TDI, a clean diesel version of this model.  Its gas mileage is rated at 30 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.  The opposite is true of the Jetta hybrid, boasts around 40 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.  Therefore, purchasing decisions will likely be based on the customer’s driving preferences.  The diesel option will be more economical for highway driving, while those who mostly drive around town will benefit from the high city gas mileage of the Jetta hybrid.

You will undoubtedly want to get behind the wheel of both Jetta versions before you make your final decision.  Stay up to date on advances made by Volkswagen by following Lewisville VW on Twitter and “Liking” them on Facebook.

Here is some more information on the redesigned 2012 VW Beetle and the 2012 VW EOS