I am looking to replace the Neon with something after the wedding this July. The Neon has been a decent car, but I'm looking to buy something a bit more comfotable and fuel efficient. We may still keep the Neon as our "train station" car.
I've been checking out the Volkswagen Diesel Jetta. I know it isn't much bigger then my Neon, but it is available with more options, and a great little diesel that sips gas almost as good as a hybrid. It gets mid 40's mpg on the highway (which I drive mostly). Plus diesel prices are about 40 cents cheaper a gallon currently then gas. (I drive approx. a hundred miles a day)
Also, diesels are well known for lasting 300K plus miles...usually outlasting the car that surrounds it.
Anyway, has anyone ever driven a Jetta? Specifically a Jetta diesel? I'm torn between the sedan and the wagon, but most likley would go with the wagon. The horsepower rating is low (100 hp), but the torque rating is 177 ft-lbs, which is almost as high as the 2.8L V6 offered in the car as well. (The regular 4 cyl makes 115 hp and 122 ft-lbs of torque...and is only offering 23/29 mpg)
I built a Jetta with the options I wanted (leather, auto, etc) and it came out to around $22K. It is a bit more expensive then most smaller cars, but the diesel option is what is steering me towards this car. Loaded up, its still cheaper then a base 2.7L Trep. ;)
Any real world opinions on the Jetta?