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      03-15-2012 11:28 PM #1
      I know these are apples and oranges but just wanted to hear peoples' thoughts. I have a 2011 GTI which I ADORE ( a little too much if you ask others) and I drive 80 miles round trip a day. I use premium gas and fill up for about $56 every three days about. My husband and I are going to see a black TDI Cup tomorrow. It has 12k miles and looks beautiful from the pictures, we shall see. Anyway, we are contemplating getting the TDi Cup and that being my car and the GTI would be my hub's car but giving up the GTI makes me sad. On the other hand, paying less in gas makes me happy. I don't know, UGH...

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      03-15-2012 11:36 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by debmiller509 View Post
      I know these are apples and oranges but just wanted to hear peoples' thoughts. I have a 2011 GTI which I ADORE ( a little too much if you ask others) and I drive 80 miles round trip a day. I use premium gas and fill up for about $56 every three days about. My husband and I are going to see a black TDI Cup tomorrow. It has 12k miles and looks beautiful from the pictures, we shall see. Anyway, we are contemplating getting the TDi Cup and that being my car and the GTI would be my hub's car but giving up the GTI makes me sad. On the other hand, paying less in gas makes me happy. I don't know, UGH...
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      03-16-2012 12:24 AM #3
      I guarantee you won't miss the GTI. At All.

      In my personal experience, I went from a 2008 GTI DSG leather, 17" and 18" wheels, etc. to a 2012 Golf TDI 6 speed, leather, 17" wheels, sport suspension, etc.
      I don't miss my GTI at all. Handling, acceleration, etc. You have so much torque in city driving that you'll barely notice it.

      And the TDI Cup interior is exactly like a GTI, seats, trim, etc. That you won't miss.

      The handling is exactly from a GLI/GTI. You won't miss that either.

      The power difference is quite negligible. The GTI is fast to get up to speed...but so is my TDI.
      You can always get it Tuned or add a Tuning Box, and you'll get a lot more power there, thus making the feel of power difference even less.

      Drive it and let us know what your thoughts are.


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      03-16-2012 05:21 AM #4
      IMO, and somewhat related to the previous poster, you should look at the Golf TDI, instead. Try one.

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      03-16-2012 08:01 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by oldschool86045 View Post
      In my personal experience, I went from a 2008 GTI DSG leather, 17" and 18" wheels, etc. to a 2012 Golf TDI 6 speed, leather, 17" wheels, sport suspension, etc.
      Leather seats are now offered in the 2012 Golf TDI....?
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      03-16-2012 08:32 AM #6
      @debmiller

      It reeeeally just depends on what you're trying to get from the vehicle. If you are primarily focused on performance with economy, then stick with the GTI. If you're more focused on economy with performance, go for the TDI.

      I've got an '11 Golf TDI 4dr DSG, fully loaded - its amazing but a tad underwhelming. Don't be fooled - you'll notice the loss of power and smaller power band. But that being said - I still smile when I have to pass retards who cruise at the speed limit in the fast lane

      I've had an '08 .:R and '09 GTI - personally, I just need more performance... I've considered chipping but I don't want to complicate anything with the DSG longrun or deal with potential warranty issues... so i'll eventually trade up for the Golf R.

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      03-16-2012 11:46 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by oldschool86045 View Post
      And the TDI Cup interior is exactly like a GTI, seats, trim, etc. That you won't miss.
      interior is not the same as a MK6 GTI. we're talking about the MKV Jetta TDI Cup right?
      the MK6 GTI interior is better.
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      03-16-2012 12:05 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by evosky View Post
      interior is not the same as a MK6 GTI. we're talking about the MKV Jetta TDI Cup right?
      the MK6 GTI interior is better.


      The TDI Cup Edition (2010 MKV Jetta) is far behind the MKVI GTI IMO

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/15/2...di-cup-review/

      http://www.automobilemag.com/green/r...uspension.html

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      03-16-2012 12:46 PM #9
      MKVI FTW, improved design over the MKV.
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      03-17-2012 11:39 PM #10
      I should have been more clear, the MKV Jetta TDI Cup is the same interior as the MKV GTI. It is not as good as the MKVI GTI interior, BUT it is still very nice and high quality.

      My mistake, leather seats come in the golf TDI in Canada.





      But yes, the MKVI Golf TDI is a very good car with cloth sport seats. Essentially similar in setup to the MKV Jetta TDI Cup. interior/handling/performance.
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      03-18-2012 12:39 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by oldschool86045 View Post
      I should have been more clear, the MKV Jetta TDI Cup is the same interior as the MKV GTI.
      Not sure about MKV GTIs, but the MKVIs have different seats between the Autobahn and non Autobahn trims. The Autobahn trim level has leather "top sport" seats, which have much more substantial bolsters than the non Autobahn models. So, if the seats are of major importance, make sure to keep that in mind.

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      03-18-2012 12:52 AM #12
      I dont have experience with the common rail TDI, but this just seems to have nailed it:


      "It reeeeally just depends on what you're trying to get from the vehicle. If you are primarily focused on performance with economy, then stick with the GTI. If you're more focused on economy with performance, go for the TDI."

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