Volkswagen Jetta TDI  vs Touareg TDI 

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)

Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport

  • $47k
  • 3.0L Diesel V6
  • 20 city 29 hwy
The name is quirky (from a nomadic North African tribe) but behind the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg's badging is one of the more compelling packages in today's 5-door, all-wheel-drive (AWD) lineup.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan  based on its affordability, fuel economy, air quality and climate friendly.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Jetta TDI vs Touareg TDI

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.

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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Significantly higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 8 vs 5 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Saves on fuel $1,700 vs $2,518 More than 30% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Significantly cheaper annual cost $6,311 vs $12,007 More than 45% less expensive per year
Significantly lower MSRP $23k vs $47k 2x cheaper sticker price
Smaller annual carbon footprint 297 g vs 442 g Around 35% better combined CO2/mile
Higher EPA highway mileage 42 MPG vs 29 MPG Around 45% better on the interstate
Front view of Volkswagen Touareg TDI

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Better highway driving range 765 miles vs 609 miles More than 25% further range on the interstate
Better city driving range 528 miles vs 435 miles More than 20% further in the city

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

$23,055 11.3¢/mile Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Touareg TDI $47,445 16.8¢/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) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Touareg TDI
Price $4,611 ($23,055) $9,489 ($47,445)
Fuel $1,699 (2,179 gallons) $2,517 (3,226 gallons)
City 30 MPG 20 MPG
Highway 42 MPG 29 MPG
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Jetta TDI  vs Touareg TDI 




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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Jetta TDI  vs
Touareg TDI 
Brand Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model year 2013 2013
City range 435 miles 528 miles
Highway range 609 miles 765 miles
MSRP $23k $47k
Annual cost $6,311 $12,007

Manufacturing Emissions

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

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 3.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD 8-speed Automatic 4WD Full-Time

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 8
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 Standard
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 N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
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
Touareg TDI 
EPA smog score 6 6
EPA GHG score 8 5
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.49 g 0.39 g
Combined CO2/mile 297 g 442 g
Methane/mile 0.04 g 0.04 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.05 g 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 0 0
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 3 3
Stops the engine instead of idling No No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes
Lifetime CO2 emissions 45 tons 67 tons

power & handling

Max torque 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 406 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Max HP 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM 240 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.58 lb/hp 20.73 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 205 255
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 55

safety features

Active head restraints No Yes
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 None

physical dimensions

Width 70 in 76.4 in
Front track width 60.4 in 65 in
Height 57.2 in 68.2 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in 7.9 in
Length 182.2 in 188.8 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in 113.9 in
Curb weight 3,161 lb 4,974 lb
GVWR 4,256 6,305
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 57 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 47 ft³
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