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2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Preview

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Pros: Volkswagen's compact hero, the Jetta, is more American than ever. Larger and roomier, it also offers more comfortable seats and superb ergonomics. Yet driving dynamics have been preserved in the process. There's also a fantastic model and engine lineup -- including the award-winning TDI -- to suit various tastes and budgets.

Cons: Styling is clean, yes, but also rather bland. The recent price cut is the result of an anaemic base engine and sub-par noise insulation. Finally, some reliability issues remain.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Price: The 3 trim levels include Trendline TDI ($22,490), Comfortline TDI ($24,590), and Highline TDI ($27,790).

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Fuel Economy: Look for the Jetta TDI to achieve 4.6L/100km on the highway and 6.7L/100km in the city.

Improvements and Changes: Gone is the torsion beam rear suspension; say hello to a multilink setup. New colours have been added.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Powertrain: The 140-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder turbodiesel under the hood of this Jetta produces a solid 236 lb-ft of torque. Available transmissions include a 6-speed manual gearbox and the acclaimed 6-speed DSG.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Cargo Capacity: The Jetta's trunk can hold up to 440 litres of gear. The split-folding rear seats maximize versatility.

Safety: ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control all come standard. In the event of a collision, the Intelligent Crash Response System and 6 airbags will protect Jetta TDI occupants.

Comparing the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: The compact car segment is loaded with great models such as the Chevrolet Cruze (also with a clean diesel option), Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3 (soon with a diesel option), Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla.