2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Diesel fuel was $0.89 a gallon more expensive than regular gas this morning. Sorry, this will need to change before I hop on the diesel train.

The TDI's DSG gearbox works great with the diesel. Funny, it needs fourth gear to reach 60 mph. Short gearing helps hide the lack of horsepower. Only from a stop is it somewhat weird. Still, the manual version is difficult to move away from a stop as well. In some ways the chassis is better than the A4's.

Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor

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