Volkswagen unveiled its brand new diesel Beetle at the recent Chicago auto show to great fanfare. However, here in the U.S., a land where diesel-powered vehicles are not commonplace, the question has got to be asked, Is the VW Beetle Diesel worth the 00 more that it costs than its gasoline-fueled cousin?
For about 20 per cent of VW owners in America, the answer is, yes. Approximately, this percentage of all the Passat's, Jetta's and Golf's zipping about the nation's roads is already diesel. But, drivers who are not yet sold on diesel have got a few things to consider before making the switch.
First of all, diesel is most efficient on the highway. If you are a highway driver, consider diesel. Secondly, if you like to speed away quickly, diesel is the way to go since it offers faster low-end acceleration than does its gasoline brethren. If you are going to tow anything, you need to consider diesel and its low-end torque power. Finally, you need to know that diesel is not available everywhere, and that it is slightly more expensive than gasoline.