2011 Volkswagen
Golf
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.8

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Power mirrors
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
609 miles
2011 Volkswagen Golf

9.5

Runner-up

Volkswagen Golf

starting from

$18,765

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Golf

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Better suspension
Independent
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OK performance
17.5 lb/hp
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Cramped front seats
51.3 ft3
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Has rear spoiler
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The Golf 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.5 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • More than 20% more powerful, 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
  • Almost the same, 35.7 ft vs 36.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 609 miles vs 478 miles
  • Almost the same
  • The Jetta TDI has 1 more cupholder, 4 vs 3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Golf Winner: Golf
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,100 cheaper (more than 20% less), $18,765 vs $24,865
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 9.8 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
Golf
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Jetta TDI's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission and the Golf 's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 17.5 lb/hp The Golf has OK performance while the Jetta TDI gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 478 miles The Jetta TDI gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Golf gets OK distance
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 15.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Jetta TDI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Golf
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Cupholders 4 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Jetta TDI
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The Golf has an OK number of speakers, while 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 Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio
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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

Cost

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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MSRP $24,865 vs $18,765 The Golf has a great price and the Jetta TDI is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 23 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage and the Golf is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Jetta TDI
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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 None

Crash Test Ratings

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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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

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Volkswagen
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 8.6 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 131 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Golf is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs 125 mph The Jetta TDI's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Golf is just OK

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Volkswagen Golf 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Premium Golf vs Passat TDI SEL Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Ford Fusion SE Jetta TDI vs Fusion SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 BMW 335d Jetta TDI vs 335d
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Corolla Jetta TDI vs Corolla

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