2011 BMW
335d
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 BMW 335d

10.0

Winner

BMW 335d

starting from

$45,025
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335d

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Better suspension
Independent
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OK performance
14.4 lb/hp
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.4

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Good braking distance from 60mph
113 ft
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
Luxury Features 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335d Winner: 335d
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335d Winner: 335d
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  • The 335d's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.4 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • Around 90% more powerful, 265 HP @ 4,200 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Entertainment System 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335d Winner: 335d
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  • The 335d has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Almost the same
  • A standard folding rear seat on the Jetta TDI is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 335d
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 609 miles vs 580 miles
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 335d Winner: 335d
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the 335d's power seats; not available on the Jetta TDI
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the 335d

Performance

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 265 HP @ 4,200 RPM The 335d is of average power, but the Jetta TDI is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Twin turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 14.4 lb/hp The 335d has OK performance while the Jetta TDI gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The 335d has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The 335d has more speakers, but the Jetta TDI has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio; in the 335d, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 580 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Jetta TDI is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 335d
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Jetta TDI's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335d
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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MSRP $24,865 vs $45,025 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 23 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage and the 335d is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 335d's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Jetta TDI's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 335d's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Jetta TDI's is very short

Safety Features

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Disc
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 BMW 335d BMW
335d
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 134 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability, but the 335d is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 15.1 s s @ 98.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.88 g The 335d has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Jetta TDI
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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