Volkswagen Jetta TDI Value Edition Makes Going Diesel More Affordable
Americans are becoming increasingly receptive of diesel cars because they are cleaner and more fuel-efficient than in the past. But there is still a large price gap between gas and diesel models, a factor that may be hindering diesel sales. Volkswagen, however, is trying to make diesel a bit more affordable by introducing the Jetta TDI Value Edition. A base, no-frills Jetta with an inline four-cylinder gasoline engine sells for $16,720, but the cheapest diesel Jetta is priced at $23,625. The Jetta TDI Value Edition will shave a few thousand dollars off this price, coming in as low as $21,295 when equipped with a manual transmission. The Value Edition model will offer the same set of features as the $17,500 Jetta S, including keyless entry, air conditioning, power door locks, and heated side mirrors. It also tacks on electric power steering, 16-inch steel wheels, heatable cloth seats, cruise control, Media Device Interface, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and two additional speakers. As a trade-off for the low price, the Value Edition loses some of the extra amenities of most TDI models such as power seats, a tilt/telescoping steering column, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a multifunction steering wheel with all of the buttons for radio controls. Consumers who opt for the Value Edition with the dual-clutch automatic transmission will pay an extra $1,100. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It achieves excellent fuel economy of 30/42 mpg city/highway. Source: Volkswagen
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