Volkswagen USA announced yesterday that the new VW Jetta TDI is now available for customer delivery. With the recent US recession, the Jetta diesel is one of the most anticipated cars in the States. “We’re proud to be the first manufacturer to offer a clean diesel vehicle for sale in all fifty states,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO/President, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We believe our Jetta TDI’s truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience, that provides the customer the best of both worlds-excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience.”
According to the EPA, the Jetta TDI has an estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg (city) and 40 mpg (highway). But in other tests made by third-party certifier, AMCI, the car performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38 mpg in the City and 44 mpg on the Highway.
The Jetta TDI’s come standard with Volkswagen’s Prevent and Preserve Safety System, consisting of numerous standard safety features. Jetta TDI’s include six airbags, with optional rear side airbags, and like all 2009 model year Volkswagens, Jetta TDI’s also feature standard Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) for added safety. Also standard for 2009 is Volkswagen’s carefree maintenance program, with this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle’s maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty-three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan and SportWagen have a starting price tag of $21,990 and $23,590, respectively and benefit from a $1300 Federal Income Tax Credit.