Consumers looking for a less-expensively priced turbocharged diesel Jetta now have that option. Volkswagen is now offering the 2014 Jetta TDI Value Edition, priced from $22,115, considerably less than the regular Jetta TDI, which is priced $2,000 to $3,000 higher, depending on transmission.
What’s Included in the Jetta TDI Value Edition
Based on the compact sedan’s S trim, the 2014TDI Value Edition isn’t exactly a stripped-down version of the standard Jetta TDI, but there are some notable features missing.
The S trim normally comes with a 115-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four, but powering the Jetta TDI Value Edition is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline four-cylinder engine delivering 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. Mated with a six-speed manual transmission, the Jetta TDI Value Edition comes in at $22,115, which includes destination charge. When fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic tranny, the sticker increases $1,100 to $23,215.
Standard equipment on the Jetta TDI Value Edition includes 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio, and heated cloth seats.
Safety features standard include six airbags (driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag, side curtain protection airbags, front and rear), intelligent crash response system, crash-optimized pedal controls, tire pressure monitoring system, crash-optimized front end, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control, electronic brake pressure distribution, engine braking assist, hydraulic brake assist, and hill hold control.
Here’s the difference from the standard Jetta TDI, which has equipment equivalent to the Jetta SE: the TDI Value Edition is missing alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. But the price for the standard Jetta TDI starts at $24,015 for a manual transmission and $25,115 with a dual-clutch automatic. The sticker can reach $28,235 for a Jetta TDI with Premium and Navigation and a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy Still Stellar
No matter which trim level consumers choose, the 2014 Jetta TDI delivers a roadworthy EPA-rated 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway fuel economy.
According to Volkswagen, diesels accounted for 23.5 percent of all VW of America sales in 2013.
Also appealing to safety-minded consumers has to be the five-star safety rating that the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Hybrid just earned from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
NCAP tests vehicles in front, side and rollover crash tests.
This is the NHTSA’s highest safety rating, one which has already been awarded to two other Volkswagen models, the 2014coupe and Passat.
The Jetta earned the five-star rating, in part, due to an improved side-impact test result in driver front seat and passenger front seat measurements. The Jetta earned four stars in frontal and four stars in rollover, five in side and five overall.
As for the rating the Jetta achieved from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the car received the Institute’s top “good” score in frontal, side, roof strength and rear tests, it got a “marginal” rating in the tougher new small overlap frontal test.