The diesel TDI makes its triumphant return for 2009 after being regulated out of existence following the 2006 model year. Along with gobs of torque, the latest version carries impressive EPA fuel economy ratings of 29–30 mpg in the city and 40–41 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission, and the TDI is available as both a sedan and wagon. Aside from the higher cost of diesel and a steeper entry fee (somewhat offset by a $1300 federal tax credit), the TDI has none of the commonly held diesel disadvantages. It’s quiet, powerful, and fun to drive—giving the GLI a run for its money—and it doesn’t even smell funny.
The SportWagen is also new, and offers a maximum of 66.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the second-row seats folded. Stability control is now standard across the board. A cable-style iPod adapter replaces the awkward console-mounted dock.
Source: Car and Driver