2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI diesel from North America
Simply love this car
What has gone wrong: absolutely nothing so far.
Extremely quiet (first time I've seen a diesel make so little noise).
No soot, smoke, or diesel smell.
Very low wind noise.
Very peppy when you need it (manufacturer states 8.2 seconds to 60 mph), but I don't use the pep - I drive for fuel economy.
Fuel economy: reaching 47 miles per US gallon, and still going up (the break-in is not fully completed yet). Average May 2009 consumption is 45 MPG.
6 speed manual transmission: revs at 1900 rpm when you're traveling 65 miles per hour.
FM radio receiver could be better.
Back seat head room just barely enough for 5 feet 8 inches.
Continental tires hum when inflated to recommended pressure (36 psi).
I've been driving diesels since 1984, and this is the best I've seen in 25 years! Motor noise is imperceptible on the highway. In fact, the only noise comes from the tires. They hum in the 40 to 60 mph range. Dealer says it's because the tires are overinflated, but this is the manufacturer's recommendation, and I get better fuel economy that way.
I tried a 2005 Toyota Corolla for 5 months, but I was really disappointed with the comfort and fuel economy, so I decided to go back to VW, and I replaced my diesel Beetle with this Jetta. And it really was a good decision!
I tried a 2009 Chevrolet Impala car rental, and drove it 600 miles. I must admit the Jetta is as comfortable, and the ride is better.
I'm very glad I bought this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd June, 2009
I'm the original writer of this review, and updating after 13 months and 40000 miles. Still very impressed with the car, and it is always a pleasure to go for a ride. Choose the winding and bumpy roads for the maximum fun.
- Smooth and quiet ride, even with tires inflated to 40 PSI.
FM receiving signal changes slightly when city driving.
No mechanical issues. Nothing done on warranty.