I know what you’re thinking. Diesels are slow, stinky, and bad for the environment. Not so fast, my friends. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is equipped with a Clean Diesel engine, one that operates on widely available low-sulfur diesel fuel, a power plant that passes Tier 2, Bin 5/ULEV II emissions regulations in all 50 states. According to Volkswagen, because this turbo-diesel is 30% more fuel efficient than a comparable gasoline engine, it ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared to a gasoline engine simply because it consumes less fuel. Not only that, Volkswagen’s modern Clean Diesel engine is 90% cleaner than diesel engines of two decades ago.
Seriously, you could stick your face right up close to the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel model’s exhaust outlet and take a deep breath – but I certainly don’t recommend that.
Plus, I was able to spin the front tires with no trouble. No trouble at all. So much for that slow, stinky, bad for the environment business.