We now know the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen’s fuel economy numbers were too good to be true, but people didn’t just buy the Jetta TDI for its fuel economy. It also offered a torquey engine and a well-tuned chassis that was much more fun to drive than most of its competition.
There was also the potential to extract a lot more performance for not a whole lot of money. So what’s a tuned Jetta TDI Sportwagen like to drive?
Austin, the owner of this particular tuned Sportwagen, added a short-shifter, AST struts up front, Bilstein out back, 2.5 degrees of camber on the front wheels, a Malone stage two tune to bring it up to about 170 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and a set of BFGoodrich Sport COMP-2 tires to his. Obviously he’s more concerned with handling than outright power, but not every tuned car needs to be a hot rod.
This is how it handles.