5 Cars to Replace Your Volkswagen Diesel TDI Nov 22, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
With the recent diesel scandal, many owners of Volkswagen TDIs are replacing their current vehicle with a new car. Volkswagen is buying back the affected vehicles starting this month and the next question is how drivers will replace their cars. Many owners purchased a diesel vehicle for improved mileage and reliability and will be looking for a similar vehicle. Whether you want to find a new diesel or switch to a traditional car, here are five options perfect for replacing every Volkswagen TDI.
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Those who have a VW Passat TDI will appreciate the size of the Chevrolet Malibu. With the hybrid version, you get even better efficiency. The Malibu is known for its high-quality interior and has a range of available features. It also achieves 45 mpg on the highway and 48 in the city, better than the Passat TDI’s 44 mpg highway.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a great replacement for those with a Touareg TDI or who want to upgrade to an SUV. This is one of the few vehicles that you can get with diesel if you want increased efficiency, higher torque, and a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. The Grand Cherokee with a diesel engine is expensive, but still more affordable than the Touareg TDI and is just as capable.
For those who have a Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Mazda3 5-Door may be the perfect model for you. While it doesn’t have a diesel engine, it is a compact vehicle with a hatchback design that allows for a spacious interior. It also gets excellent fuel economy and offers a manual transmission, something that many Golf TDI drivers appreciate. In fact, the Mazda3 5-Door can deliver 40 mpg on the highway and give you features like navigation, Bose audio, and dual-zone climate control.
The Beetle is among the most popular Volkswagen models, but many drivers are looking to replace their Beetle TDI. In this case, consider the Mini Cooper. You get a compact vehicle that can fit nearly anywhere and, like the Beetle, they both lack a lot of cargo space or rear seating. But they do have excellent fuel economy, great value, top performance, and iconic styling, even if it is different than that of the Beetle.
For those who don’t want a traditional gas engine and no longer trust the figure for any diesel, the 2017 Toyota Prius may be the solution. Starting with the previous model year, the Prius got much more exciting and packed with features. The Prius is not just efficient; it is now also surprisingly comfortable with upscale features. Those with a Jetta TDI, in particular, will appreciate this model with its nice seats, quiet interior, and 58 mpg for highway driving.