I've waited for quite a while for diesels to become available in my state (MA) and now that they seem to be on the way, I'm somewhat frustrated. With sky-high diesel prices, the benefit of the added mpg seems to have been eliminated. In conservation conscious Europe, countries actually subsidize diesel fuel, making it 1/3 cheaper than unleaded regular leading to 60% of all cars on the road being diesels. What morons our politicians are.
04-05-2008, 01:25 PM
careful comparison might suggest the diesel is still a contender. Show us your math.
I enjoy reading about the broad stroke predicitions of diesel on the TDI club. I suggest you do the same. Some suggest refineries are seeing more profit in diesel and thus have already begun to begin the changes that will allow them to shift or boost diesel production.
Maybe this is wishful thinking. And by no means a rumor to buy a car on. But it is food for thought. It will very interesting to see if the usual spring/summer relaxation of diesel prices will occur this year.
04-05-2008, 06:15 PM
Our (USA) MY06 VW Jetta 1.9 TDI/DSG sedan deliver's 36mpg consistantly around town and low 40's Hwy @ 70+MPH. Not to shabby for a heavy, 3400lb quality sedan.
04-06-2008, 06:53 PM
...legal version, and now fuel prices are sky rocketing. I will just probably shell out the money for it anyways, but I am not sure that many others are like me....and this might be a bad time for Audi to have brought the TDI's to this market (NE).
04-07-2008, 04:19 PM
As with any auto, YMMV. We have been very fortunate with our 06 Jetta TDI. On a pace of 19K miles a year, been getting on average a combined 42 mpg on diesel. Granted, have two 70 mile round trips a week (35 miles each way) which has some highway driving. Much better fuel mileage than our delightful 03 AllRoad. Fun, but certainly not as fun, nor as expensive, as the Audi. Looking forward to seeing Audi TDI's with fuel mileage somewhere between the Jetta and the gas AllRoad.
The AllRoad is still the go to vehicle in bad weather. A shame it was a mild winter in these parts.