Volkswagen

Volkswagen has flirted with high-mpg hybrid and sub-compact concept cars, but the company’s most compelling green car option is clean diesel. The brand-new Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel—clean enough to pass California’s strict standards for tailpipe emissions—offers 41 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city. A number of real-world tests have blown past those numbers. Unlike gas-electric hybrids, clean diesels can be pushed hard and still earn those high-mpg numbers. With a price tag of $21,900—and a federal tax credit of $1,300—the Volkswagen Jetta TDI offers a lot of mpg for the buck. The vehicle, available as a sedan or wagon, took the Green Car of the Year award at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes, BMW and Audi—all luxury carmakers—are also vying for clean diesel customers, but Volkswagen appears to be the only carmaker aiming at maximum mileage at a minimal cost. That’s a winning combination. See our list of Volkswagen cars and read the latest news about Volkswagen’s fuel efficient models.

Name Combined MPG Technology MSRP Available
2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Review

Combines a direct injection engine and hybrid gas-electric system for maximum benefit.
22 MPG Hybrid $62000 Now
2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

MPG Diesel $42800 Now
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Overview

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Overview

45 MPG $24995 Now
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review – Video

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review – Video

Volkswagen's 2013 Jetta Hybrid is the first hybridization of the Jetta, now in its sixth generation. It merges fun to drive and frugality in one.
45 MPG Hybrid $24995 Now
2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI offers 140 horsepower, 42-mpg on the highway, and a wagon option.
34 MPG Diesel $23000 Now
Volkswagen Jetta TDI – Video

Volkswagen Jetta TDI – Video

The Jetta TDI is the best-selling clean diesel car sold in the U.S.
34 MPG $22900 Now
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Practical sporty clean diesel. Excels in highway MPG.
35 MPG Diesel $22200 Now