Volkswagen Beetle TDI Announced, Priced at $23,295
A crackling, sputtering, Beetle just seems right, doesn't it? Even if the Beetle is brand-new, and quieter than it's ever been, there's something to be said about a diesel-powered Bug that appeals to the nostalgic who would want a Bug in the first place. The price of entry for such nostalgia: $23,295, Volkswagen announced today, plus a separate $770 destination charge. It undercuts the Golf TDI two-door by $940, but is priced over the wildly popular Jetta TDI sedan by $520. The engine is a familiar sight, shared by all three: it's a 2.0-liter turbodiesel good for 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and in fairness, it's about as quiet and smooth as any gasoline-powered engine you'd care to mention. When optioned up with the six-speed, the TDI Beetle can hit 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city—or on par with the other two, with perhaps 1 mpg given up on the highway (due to its rotund, retro-tastic shape). In comparison, if you want a turbo, gas-powered Beetle, that will cost you $23,395, or a mere $100 over the cost of the diesel. That one produces 200 horsepower. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder lump is less exciting, but less pricey—it starts at $19,795. The TDI Beetle will come with loads of standard features including cruise control, power everything, Bluetooth, satellite radio, steering wheel controls, and USB and auxillary inputs for the stereo system. Source: Volkswagen
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