Volkswagen Jetta TDI  vs Ford Fusion Hybrid 

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

  • $23k
  • 2.0L Diesel
  • 30 city 42 hwy
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)

Ford Fusion Hybrid Energi SE

  • $39k
  • 8 kWh Hybrid
  • 44 city 41 hwy
Instead of running the 156-hp, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four that the old Fusion paired with a 106-hp electric motor, the new Fusion gets a more efficient 2.0-liter, 141-hp Atkinson-cycle four and a 118-hp electric motor.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Sedan vs Energi SE


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

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Climate friendly

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan  based on its affordability and fuel economy.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Jetta TDI vs Fusion Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Much less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 2,449 kWh/vehicle 25% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Lower MSRP $23k vs $39k More than 40% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,311 vs $9,018 More than 30% less expensive per year
Car-autoblog-first view of Ford Fusion Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
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Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 8 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Far better EPA smog score 7 vs 6 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Saves on fuel $1,278 vs $1,700 Around 25% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Significantly better city driving range 616 miles vs 435 miles More than 40% further in the city
Smaller annual carbon footprint 211 g vs 297 g Around 30% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA city mileage 44 MPG vs 30 MPG More than 45% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$23,055 11.3¢/mile Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Ford Fusion Hybrid $38,700 8.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Ford Fusion Hybrid only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Ford Fusion Hybrid
Price $4,611 ($23,055) $7,740 ($38,700)
Fuel $1,699 (2,179 gallons) $1,303 (1,761 gallons)
City 30 MPG 44 MPG
Highway 42 MPG 41 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Jetta TDI  vs Fusion Hybrid 


The Fusion Hybrid, meanwhile, is among the best we've driven.
Fusion Hybrid Energi SE


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8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Jetta TDI  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
Brand Volkswagen Ford
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 435 miles 616 miles
Highway range 609 miles 574 miles
MSRP $23k $39k
Annual cost $6,311 $9,018

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³ 4.3 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton 0.9 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle 2,449 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg 9 kg

power & handling

Max torque 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 129 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM 141 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.58 lb/hp 27.75 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet 37.6 feet

stereo & entertainment

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


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A Optional, $995
Navigation system N/A Optional, $795
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard


Jetta TDI  vs
Fusion Hybrid 
EPA smog score 6 7
EPA GHG score 8 10
Combined CO2/mile 297 g 211 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 45 tons 32 tons

engine & drivetrain

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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc 11.81 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 225
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None MyFord

physical dimensions

Width 70 in 72.9 in
Front track width 60.4 in 62.3 in
Height 57.2 in 58 in
Length 182.2 in 191.8 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in 112.2 in
Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,913 lb
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 58 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 48 ft³
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