If you’re looking for a ride that’s fuel-efficient but hasn’t given up its performance to achieve high mileage, look no further. The Jetta was already a good-looking car with a useful, comfortable interior and great handling. Now, Volkswagen has taken that package and installed the company’s latest clean-diesel technology. The Jetta TDI achieves the fuel efficiency equal to most hybrids, but does it in a car that takes off like a shot when you hit the accelerator. Aside from the small “TDI” label on the rear, this car gives none of the classic indications that it’s a diesel (truth be told, our test car was adorned with a very large TDI decal on the door). Sure, it makes a bit of clackity noise when started, but then it’s as quiet as a gasoline-powered model. There is no diesel smell, and when you accelerate you don’t obliterate the car behind you in a black cloud. I averaged around 32 mpg in town and have no reason to doubt the 40 mpg rating on the highway. I’d take this car over a hybrid in an instant.