2013 jetta tdi reviews




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    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    The phone and stereo systems covered what I would consider the basics for cabin tech. For the model year, the rear suspension will be a multi-link design, similar to that found on the European Jetta, that should increase handling capability and ride comfort. Volkswagen's insistence on its proprietary media port is also a little annoying, and will require some extra fiddling around with adapters to hook up some media devices. With all that torque, it feels quicker behind the wheel than the figures suggest.

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    The attractive wagon body offers good utility, and it comes standard with a Bluetooth phone system and an array of digital audio sources. The Bad The available navigation system lacks real-time traffic, and Volkswagen doesn't integrate any connected features into the cabin tech.

    The Bottom Line With diesel fuel economy and its wagon format, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI offers great utility, and adds a premium-car feel, but cabin electronics only cover the basics. Some years ago, colleagues and I had an informal discussion about what would be the perfect car from an automotive journalist's perspective. It would have to be a wagon, because we all appreciate utility combined with carlike maneuverability. A diesel engine made the requirements list for superior fuel economy.

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    And it would also need a manual transmission, because we all liked the engagement of driving stick. BMW claims the other spot with its new d Sports Wagon. The Jetta Sportwagen shows similar lines to the Jetta sedan update Volkwagen launched in Headlights nicely bookend a narrow grille, and the hood drops low toward the front in a graceful curve from the windshield. A large graphic holds the side windows in a continuous flow all the way back to the cargo area, and the hatchback complements the front with the same, fluid curves.

    The stance is low, as the Jetta Sportwagen is not trying to be a crossover. Despite what would seem to be a niche vehicle appreciated primarily by automotive journalists, Volkswagen offers the Jetta Sportwagen TDI in a number of configurations. First, you get to decide between the six-speed manual or DSG automated manual transmission. Then there is the base model, the sunroof model, or the model with navigation and sunroof.

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    I reviewed the middle version, which lacked navigation but still featured a decent LCD in the dashboard for audio and phone screens. Premium feel The Jetta Sportwagen TDI uses Volkswagen's tried-and-true turbocharged 2-liter diesel engine, making horsepower and pound-feet of torque.

    That high torque figure is typical for diesel engines in passenger cars, as is the 5,rpm redline. Also typical for a diesel is the engine's clatter, which sounds louder than comparable gasoline engines. However, Volkswagen did an excellent job sound engineering the cabin, so that engine noise is largely muffled even at idle. Volkswagen has managed to meet EPA emissions requirements with its passenger-car diesel engines for years. Even more delightful, the Jetta Sportwagen TDI didn't lag when I hit the accelerator, responding immediately with all that available torque.

    I would attribute that responsiveness to the car's six-speed manual transmission, but I wouldn't be surprised if the DSG version was equally as good. However, the lower diesel engine speeds required me to adjust my clutch work, and I actually stalled it a couple of times when creeping along in stop-and-go traffic. Fortunately, Volkswagen gave the car a hill-hold feature, making it easy to take off from a stop midway up one of San Francisco's legendary inclines.

    2013 jetta tdi reviews

    The shifter moved smoothly through the gate, not as tight as a sports car transmission, but suitable for the more-suburban requirements of the Jetta Sportwagen TDI. The car didn't fuss as I shifted through the gears to bring the car up to freeway speeds, and the engine even had enough guts for the occasional passing maneuver, especially given the ability to gear down to third.

    Electric power steering boost was evident from how the wheel felt. Somewhat overboosted, it was easy to turn the wheels while stopped, and electric boost means a direct and uninterrupted power flow through the steering rig.

    Jetta TDI 2013 Review



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