CARS.COM — If you’re one of the Volkswagen diesel owners eligible for the automaker’s proposed buyback offer, what do you buy next? We asked Cars.com’s expert reviewers for recommendations on replacements for the TDI versions of the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Jetta/Golf SportWagen, Passat, Beetle and Audi A3 with an eye toward driving performance, fuel economy and price.
As part of a proposed settlement, Volkswagen Group announced in June that it would buy back or cancel the leases of about 475,000 diesel cars in the U.S. from the 2009 to 2015 model years; owners also could opt to get the engine fixed and keep the affected car. These VW and Audi cars have a variation of Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that has a “defeat device” in the emissions control system. The VW settlement, including the buyback offer, doesn’t affect 80,000 V-6 diesel cars that allegedly also have emissions problems.
For affected VW owners enticed by the buyback offer, there are plenty of alternatives to replace your TDI, though most of them are gas-powered versus with diesel fuel. Here are our recommendations for TDI alternatives (all starting prices include destination):