The turbo lag in the Beetle TDI I drove last week was noticeable, but the up-kick in speed after a couple of eye blinks made the Volkswagen seem more spirited and playful, like it wanted a little windup before making a quick zip.
Similarly, many people test-driving diesel VWs at Commonwealth gain a higher opinion of the engines when they notice their fast action and rapid movement.
“People see that they move pretty quick. They see that the fuel economy they’re getting is second to nothing. Then they’re hooked,” he stated.
The only quality Volkswagen may need to see more people move to its diesel-powered automobiles is patience.
Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.
2013 VW Beetle TDI
Vehicle type: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-wheel-drive compact convertible
Price range: $24,290 to $28,440 (plus options)
Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty; 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain warranty; 12 years/unlimited miles corrosion warranty; 3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance; 3 years/36,000 miles free scheduled maintenance
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 diesel
Power: 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm; 236 lb.-ft. torque at 1,750 rpm
Base transmission: 6-speed manual
Fuel economy: 28 mpg city; 41 mpg highway
Wheelbase: 100 inches
Length: 168 inches
Width: 71 inches
Height: 58 inches
Weight: 3,073 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.