2014 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel – In the modern Beetle, pairing torquey 2.0-liter of 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel with a six-speed manual delivers EPA-assessed mpg numbers of 28 mpg in the urbs, 41 on the open road. We actually did a better than either figure, recording a whopping 45 mpg on a driving diet that included some suburban streets and a lot of country roads.
We have a tendency to underperform in terms of EPA forecasts. But there’s something about driving a little turbo-diesel that makes the operator want to stretch the gallons. Indeed, watching the onboard fuel computer had us wanting to coax the consumption number upward, which requires a light foot on the throttle. The same technique is required to get the most out of hybrids, of course, and their elaborate dashboard eco-coaches are seductive. But the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel is a different experience, thanks to its torque, so keeping the engine at low rpm doesn’t feel like as much of a sacrifice in everyday driving.The earlier 1.9-liter diesel was an older type that lacked the efficiency of common-rail technology, with its immense pressures and cleaner operation. Paired with a five-speed manual transmission, the 1.9’s final EPA ratings were 31 mpg city and 40 highway.
The new TDI four has a larger total displacement 72 cc, to be exact thanks to a cylinder-bore increase of 1.5 mm. More displacement plus improved fuel delivery adds up to more power, which means 140 hp from the 2.0 versus 100 from the 1.9, and 236 lb-ft of torque versus 177. Although 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel have dominated at the Le Mans 24-hour race in recent years, their street reputation is for mpg, not mph. If the latest 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Diesel shape is appealing but your objective is haste.