VW Golf TDI and Jetta Sportwagen TDI
VW Golf TDI and Jetta Sportwagen TDI
Nobody can touch VW when it comes to small diesels, and the relatively steep admission price ($24,764 for the Golf, $8,000 more than Honda's Fit), pays off in rock-bottom operating costs and high resale value. For the time being, VW is still a minor player in the U.S., so you won't see yourself coming and going in either of these cars, don't expect that to last.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 02 2012: 11:41 AM ET
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