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2014 VW Jetta TSI:

Auto watchers have predicted the demise of gas engines. The cost of fuel justified the of diesel and hybrid engines. But as the 1.8-liter 2014 VW Jetta TSI been flogging around shows, gas power is a moving It just keeps getting

The gas engine is dead. Long the gas engine.

The 1.8-liter gas turbo the unloved five-cylinder 2.5-liter gas with better fuel but without sacrificing any grunt. the new, smaller displacement actually gains seven pound-feet of torque over the old The bigger news, however, is the new gas gives up just 13 percent in economy to the Jetta’s 34 mpg diesel

That means my Jetta SE gas with 30 mpg and a sticker price of costs about the same as my Jetta diesel turbo — but less pain at the pump. Do the

Conventional wisdom says have resisted popular diesels like the 2.0-liter VW TDI because they are haunted by the smoke-belching oil-burners of the 1970s. you believe it. The real reason is Diesel’s high fuel negate the 25-40 percent fuel economy advantage have traditionally enjoyed their gas-juiced counterparts. You had to up a lot of miles to earn back $4-a-gallon premium over gas.

Only Volkswagen has able to translate its diesel in Europe to the States, where made up a paltry 2.7 percent of new sales (similar to hybrid incidentally) in 2013. VW owns the diesel market with 75 of sales. They hope to that market if only. can overcome their own turbo-riffic gas

TDI vs. TSI

Before we go any further, a brief in acronyms.

VW brands its turbo direct-injection (DI) diesel a TDI and its (T), direct-injection (DI) gas a TSI. Huh? Both are turbos so both deserve the TDI To sort things out, VW the TDI label on the diesel, while the gas version TSI (for Turbo Injection). There’ll be a quiz at the

The TDI has long been a favorite of with two-thirds of heavy-duty sales powered by diesels. buyers love the TDI’s low-end torque for pulling up a ramp out of Lake Michigan. In an ice With a full bed of mulch. Chris Christie riding

The Jetta’s TDI will run rings the TSI in torque with a jaw-dropping 236 vs. 184. But unless you’re to trailer boats (or Chris torque is less a priority for Meanwhile, the TSI’s mpg gains are a — and you don’t have to consult Maps to find scarce stations.

Beyond the fraternal TDI vs. TSI you’ll find the Jetta up well to its compact class In part, that’s because the interior feels less — and more midsize. The Jetta’s seat leg and headroom is second in only to the new Toyota Corolla. it’s on par with a midsize Accord — with a trunk than a Toyota Camry.

That means ex-college 6-foot, 5-inch author can do his in the backseat in comfort.

Quiet

But if the Jetta cabin has midsize its quiet is luxury quality. particularly benefits the diesel’s WOKKA-WOKKA-WOKKA at idle that owners of previous generation to the mental ward. At 80 mph in the 2014 serene cockpit, you can turn on the Premium Audio System — the Fender that put guitars in the of rock legends like Clapton and Hendrix — and hear note.

The rest of the Jetta’s is nicely appointed with trim and intuitive controls. The dials are especially helpful, the driver to control the ratio of to the feet and head compared to systems that simply between the two.

Such to detail goes missing, when it comes to USB ports. The offers none for its iPhone buyers. Once clueless the live-in-my-car American’s demand for cup German manufacturers (though aren’t the only ones) slow again to the demands of the crowd. LOL-texting BFFs USBs ASAP.

Anchoring the Jetta SE’s is a little German joystick the stick shift.

The thought of it give stick-averse Yanks the But master it and you will not only a healthy five grand the automatic Jetta SEL, but you become one with VW’s turbo engine. Volkswagen — and its cousin Porsche — build the manual trannys in the business. and predictable, they fit your like a glove.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta

Natural poor, Germans are paranoid their reliance on outside sources (see Vlad and have taxed their to $8 a gallon to force engine VW engineers have mastered the art of power out of small engines four valves per cylinder, materials, turbochargers and direct All this wizardry is at work in the TSI which beats its bigger 2.5 predecessor in torque while 4 mpg.

Row the box and you’ll feel a kick in pants and a smile creep your face.

Homely mug

But, oooooh, that (no, not you; the Jetta).

The Jetta (along with its Golf) broke from tradition with a sexy, fascia grille. The once Jetta was suddenly picking up with its chrome “soul under the upper grille Alas, the conservative styling in 2011, meaning the front end has all the of — dare I say it? — a 2004 Chevy

Fortunately, the Jetta gets interesting further back sharply-creased flanks sweeping nicely sculpted wheel into a curvaceous caboose will get whistles from lovers.

Conventional wisdom that TDI and hybrid engines inevitably be a big chunk of the U.S. Just as Toyota rules sales, VW is positioned to corner the market. Twenty-four percent of VW were diesel last Only, um, the success of its own TSI diesel stand in the way.

All hail the gas engine.

2014 VW TSI

Vehicle type: Front-engine, five-passenger sedan

Price: base ($21,240 as tested)

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta
2014 Volkswagen Jetta

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