Driving around in this Volkswagen, I'm having a difficult time understanding why anyone would buy an Audi A3 TDI. The "premium" A3 TDI has a base price of $30,425 -- $4315 more than this loaded Jetta's base price, including the DSG. On top of that, the VW's extremely posh interior, updated to match that of the new Golf, has a leg up on the A3 and just about every other car in this price segment.
As we already knew from our year with the Jetta TDI sedan, the diesel provides excellent efficiency and has virtually no drawbacks in daily driving. I'll agree with Phil about the transmission -- this superfast dual-clutch automatic is the perfect match for the 2.0-liter's narrow powerband. It's so smooth, quick, and adept in its shifting that the average driver might never notice a difference between this engine and a high-torque gas unit.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor