2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan Manual Sedan Diesel FWD 

  • $23k
  • 2.0L Diesel
  • 30 city 42 hwy
8.1 Out of 10
The TDI isn’t a jackrabbit sprinter, but ours did post an ecorespectable 0-to-60 time of eight seconds and a quarter-mile of 16.2 seconds at 85 mph.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
So the best technique is to use throttle discipline or manually actuated shifts to keep revs in the fat part of the torque curve (1750 to 4000 rpm), which allows effortless cruising even in hilly terrain.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI


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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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39 MPG
18 MPG

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Reviews Word on the street for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI




8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It makes little sense to climb any higher than the diesel’s 4000-rpm power peak, as it loses steam as it approaches the 5000-rpm redline.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
The Toyota Prius may not offer a deep well of torque or be fun to drive, but it definitely delivers on its fuel-thrifty mission, earning marks of 51/48 at a base price some $300 less.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
The largest drawback: Although the brakes have decent stopping power, the pedal feels like stepping in a pile of oatmeal.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)


The 140-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel generates short bursts of enthusiasm while returning an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway, and we achieved 40 mpg over several hundred miles of interstate-intensive driving.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
Volkswagen’s Jetta hybrid offers significantly better EPA ratings (42/48) for only $940 more than a DSG-automatic-equipped TDI (although, typical of the engine type, the diesel proved superb in real-world mileage, besting the hybrid by 1 mpg over 300 miles of mixed driving in our four-way-Jetta comparison test).
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)


The Jetta TDI doesn’t offer loads of grip—the Continental ContiProContact all-seasons and intrusive stability control limited our car to 0.81 g on the skidpad—but its German pedigree lends the primary controls a sense of harmony, and the tiller is responsive if secretive with feedback.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

Body style

In such a landscape, does the Jetta TDI still shine, or have sharper competition and the somewhat duller edge of the latest iteration of VW’s compact sedan made the car run of the mill?
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 435 miles
Highway range 609 miles
MSRP $23k
Annual cost $6,311

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Diesel
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 8
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.49 g
Combined CO2/mile 297 g
Methane/mile 0.04 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.05 g
Vapor canisters 0
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 3
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 45 tons

power & handling

Max torque 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.58 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 70 in
Front track width 60.4 in
Height 57.2 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in
Length 182.2 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in
Curb weight 3,161 lb
GVWR 4,256 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 49 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³
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