2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
vs. 2012 Ford
Fusion SE

2012 Ford Fusion SE

9.7

starting from

$23,625

Reasons to buy the Ford Fusion SE

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Average-sized front seats
54.4 ft3
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Power seats
Standard
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Less sporty performance
18.8 lb/hp
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.6

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Winner: Jetta TDI
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  • The Jetta TDI needs more than 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 113 ft vs 127 ft
  • The Jetta TDI can go more than 10% faster than the Fusion SE, 130 mph vs 115 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.82 g vs 0.79 g
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Fusion SE Winner: Fusion SE
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  • The Fusion SE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.6 vs 9.7

Road Tests

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 8.9 seconds The Jetta TDI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 127 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 85.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.79 g The Jetta TDI has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Fusion SE
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Top speed 130 mph vs 115 mph The Jetta TDI's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fusion SE is just OK

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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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 Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Fusion SE'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 Fusion SE

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 5 stars The better is 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI

Cost

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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MSRP $24,865 vs $23,625 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 Fusion SE 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

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Performance

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 18.8 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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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 37.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs Unknown
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 16.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Fusion SE has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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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 Fusion SE
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2012 Ford Fusion SE Ford
Fusion SE
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Volkswagen Golf Jetta TDI vs Golf
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
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Prius Four Fusion SE vs Prius Four
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Fusion SE vs Cruze eco
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Chrysler 300 300C Fusion SE vs 300 300C
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2011 Toyota Corolla Fusion SE vs Corolla
2012 Ford Fusion SE 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Fusion SE vs Impala LT

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for crazy betty crazy betty (0:40 PM, February 01, 2015)
cry baby.
 
Avatar for rrdonovan rrdonovan (7:47 PM, March 02, 2013)
So you chose the Ford Fusion because it has electric seats?! Lazy, fat, bastards! You found more space in the Ford for you to fit in. Hmm, never mind the the Jetta TDI has better fuel mileage, stopping, quality build, nice clean lines, etc. We Jetta TDI aficionados don't need wings, scoops, bells, or whistles to go fast. It just comes naturally. Bad review.