In another poke in the eye for fans of hybrids, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has been named the 2011 “Urban Green Vehicle of the Year.”
The redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI features the venerable 2.0L turbocharged and direct injected engine which provides 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, and 236 lb.ft. of torque. The Jetta TDI is good for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway with a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds.
It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission or the option of a six-speed automatic DSG transmission. The DSG is one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world featuring the performance of a manual gearbox with the effortless precision of an automatic transmission.
“Here’s a car that proves you don’t have to sacrifice to go Green,” said Lyndon Conrad Bell, Decisive Auto’s editor in chief. “The first time you accelerate away from a traffic signal the Jetta TDI’s prodigious torque will win your heart and every time you pass a fueling station without stopping, its 40-MPG highway figure will win your mind”
“Then, factor in the spacious trunk and interior, the crisp, new, unmistakably European styling, the reduction in pricing without significantly de-contenting the compact sedan, along with Volkswagen’s continuing prowess at creating an interior that looks far more expensive than it actually is. When you do, the logic of naming the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Decisive Auto’s 2011 Urban Green Car of The Year immediately snaps sharply into focus” .
Editors at Decisive Auto magazine, along with a panel of 15 independent automotive journalists selected the year’s most stylish, practical and attainable vehicles. The judging panel spent several months driving dozens of cars in a variety of North American urban settings before choosing the Volkswagen Jetta Diesel as Urban Green Vehicle of The Year: Decisive Auto’s Urban Vehicles of The Year are featured in the magazine’s fall issue, which is available online at www.decisivemagazine.com and the Apple Store.
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI will be honored at the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on January 9, 2011, during Press Week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board Theater, Detroit, MI.