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April 1, 2013

Four different Volkswagen Jetta models: Which is the right one for you?















I’ll begin by explaining the major differences between all four of the Volkswagen Jetta models and then get into fuel economy – which has surely become one of the most important purchase criteria for automotive consumers.




The least expensive Jetta model is the Jetta 2.0 (above), which starts just shy of $16,900 before HST (price includes Freight, PDI, administration fee, air conditioning tax, anti-theft registration, Ontario tire stewardship fee, and license fee). This base model Jetta is powered by a 2.0L, 4 cylinder gasoline engine and comes with features like power windows/locks, electronic stability control, front and rear disc brakes and an auxiliary input but doesn’t come equipped with air conditioning or cruise control. If you’re like the majority of automotive shoppers who deem air and crdfdfuise completely necessary in a new vehicle, you’d be looking at the Jetta Trendline Plus which is $1,700 more than the Trendline. For many the Trendline Plus is the “go-to Jetta”.




The more powerful Jetta 2.5 is equipped with a 2.5L, 5 cylinder gasoline engine producing 170hp, and is priced at $23,589 + HST (price includes Freight, PDI, administration fee, air conditioning tax, anti-theft registration, Ontario tire stewardship fee, and licesnse fee). It comes standard with everything from the Jetta 2.0 and also includes cool features like Bluetooth and iPod Connectivity, a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel and a power sunroof.




Next we have the infamous Volkswagen Jetta TDI, where TDI stands for Turbocharged Direct Injection. This vehicle is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140hp, which may not sound like a lot, but the torque figure of 236lb-ft is what is really quite impressive. This low-end power ensures the Jetta TDI doesn’t have to down shift when travelling up steep hills (unlike it’s gas-powered counterparts) and has plenty of power from the standstill position. All features that are standard on the Jetta 2.5 are also standard on the TDI, however an engine block heater that guarantees the vehicle will start up on the coldest of winter mornings is unique to the clean-diesel.




The newest member and flagship model of the Jetta family is the Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid. This is the first Volkswagen Hybrid available in the Canadian market. Powering the Jetta Hybrid is a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s matted to a 27hp electric motor, to produce a total of 170hp and 184lb-ft of torque. Features unique to the Jetta Hybrid include an aerodynamic body kit, multi-link rear suspension, regenerative braking, start/stop technology and a seven-speed transmission.


With all the Jetta’s standard safety features, there’s no reason to wonder why it earned a Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. These safety features include: electronic stability control - helps you maintain your intended course during evasive maneuvering, anti-slip regulation which reduces wheel spin under acceleration, a crash optimized front end, six standard airbags – two of which extend the entire length of the interior cabin, and an intelligent crash response system which automatically unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump and turns on the hazard lights in the event of a collision.


Fuel Economy Ratings (Natural Resources Canada):



City Rating 


Highway Rating


Jetta 2.0



Jetta 2.5



Jetta TDI



Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid




As illustrated, the Jetta 2.0 and the Jetta 2.5 consume approximately the same amount of fuel – even though the 2.5 is significantly more powerful. You’ll also notice that the Turbocharged Hybrid performs extremely well in terms of fuel efficiency in the city, while the TDI is said to almost match the efficiency of the Hybrid on the highway. Independent tests such as the one performed by the ‘Driving’ journalists at the National Post, show that the TDI sips less fuel than the Hybrid does on the highway (almost one litre less per 100km). They concluded that if a driver spends an equal amount of time cruising on the highway and travelling through the city, then it doesn’t really matter which vehicle you buy – the Jetta TDI or Jetta Hybrid – your fuel savings will be the same. The National post article stated that “only as you gravitate toward either extreme will the Hybrid (in the city) or the TDI (on the open road) differentiate itself”.


It’s also important to note that just because one of the Jetta’s consumes less fuel than the other, it won’t necessarily save you money. There is obviously a price premium for the alternative powerplants’ greater efficiency. In example, if one’s goal was solely to reduce the cost of ownership, the Jetta 2.0 is the bargain buy as you could purchase a lot of fuel with the $7,000 you’d save up front - vs. buying the TDI, and the $11,000 you’d automatically save - vs. buying the hybrid. To be fair, both the TDI and Hybrid include a host of features not available on the Jetta 2.0, so it really depends on what factors are most important to you. With that said, I believe Volkswagen has done an excellent job with the entire model range of the Jetta and I’m confident in saying that one of the vehicles in this line would be a great fit for you.


Watch a Walk-Around Presentation of the Jetta TDI: 







Booth, D. (2013, 02 22). Hybrid vs. diesel vs. gas: Which one saves you more

     money?. National Post. Retrieved from


Volkswagen Canada Order Guide (2012).

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