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2015 Volkswagen TDI Models


Volkswagen has been one of the few mainstream automakers to heavily invest in clean diesel technology. They are so recognized for their efforts that they have virtually cornered the market all to themselves, though they are beginning to see some competition from other automakers.

Before diesel technology and the Volkswagen TDI nameplate garnered praise, it was bestowed upon the Jetta sedan. It provided ample performance with robust fuel efficiency. Today, though, Volkswagen has expanded its TDI lineup across four very distinct and different models, all with their own design quirks and marketing ideas.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI 

The Beetle is no longer the car your parent’s bought for your sister. It has updated styling that makes it not only appear mature in stature, but elegant in a way the previous Beetle did not. With the advent of the new Beetle, Volkswagen has added a TDI model to the lineup. Volkswagen TDI vehicles boast 30 percent better fuel economy compared to gasoline engines.

2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI 

The hot-hatch gets a twist with the Golf TDI. While fuel efficiency is a staple in a TDI engine, the robust performance it provides can be capitalized on when properly tuned. The Golf, which comes as a three- or five- door hatchback, capitalizes on the car’s small size combined with the high torque output of the TDI diesel engine. Volkswagen’s TDI engine is a world class engine that has to be driven to be experienced.

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 

This is the car that started it all and it has only gotten better over the years. The Jetta is a car that aims for fuel efficiency without compromising performance. It can achieve fuel economy indicative of a hybrid without the stigma of driving those other cars, even exceeding expectations. All other diesel cars are benchmarked against the Jetta.

2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI 

This is the Jetta’s bigger brother and aims for fuel economy without compromising performance in a large family sedan. It has gained a following as a large, entry-level luxurious sedan that, while aiming for fuel savings, gains merits on its supple driving experience thanks to the torque produced from the TDI engine.

To experience a 2015 Volkswagen TDI vehicle, stop by Chapman Volkswagen for a test drive today.

The 2014 VW Beetle 1.8T

The 2014 VW Beetle 1.8T

The new Volkswagen Beetle has changed its design dramatically for the first time in over 5 decades. Also, VW is going along with the worldwide trend of replacing large and heavy naturally aspirated engines with lighter and smaller turbocharged ones. For Example, the Beetle’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is being replaced with a smaller but more powerful 1.8-liter turbocharged one. Despite the upgrade in engine performance and fuel efficiency, the price is the same as the 2.5-liter models.

Almost all turbocharged engines run more efficiently than naturally aspirated ones and require less gas to get better performance. The new 1.8T engine with an automatic transmission gets 25-mpg city and 33 highway. The old 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engines only got 22 city and 29 highway. The manual 1.8T model ratings have improved from 22 city and 31 highway to 24 and 33 respectively. The VW Beetle Convertible ratings have gone from 21 and 27 mpg to 24 and 32 mpg. Overall the new models have about a 15 percent gain in estimated fuel economy. The new 1.8T models will also have a technologically advanced electric power steering in place of the hydraulic setup the 2.5-liter models have. Very rarely will you get a faster, more powerful and more fuel-efficient car for the same cost as the less efficient model, but then again the Beetle has been shattering preconceived notions of what a car should be since its debut in 1938.

The new 1.8T TSI engine has a thinner, lighter cylinder block, a cylinder head with an integrated and upgraded exhaust manifold, and an overall reduction in friction created in the engine. Also, as part of the Volkswagen Group’s $5 billion dollar investment in North America, the engines will be built in Silao, Mexico. The new 1.8T Beetles will be available soon at Chapman VW Tucson.