So, I'm a big fan of the impending release of the 2009 Jetta TDI. I see they are also making the Sportwagon as a TDI. The new TDI is scheduled to be released this summer as a 2009 model and it will meet California emissions standards (toughest in the world). The down side, lately, is the price of Diesel. Seeing the almost $1 premium was a bit scary. However, if you really compare the numbers, I'm still seeing a financial benefit despite the premium for fuel. The estimates are for 55 mpg highway. Given the current fuel prices, I would need to buy a gas car that gets 44.5 highway as an equivalent. I did some research and there aren't very many cars that can even do that highway. The only cars I'm seeing that can are hybrid cars, which I don't want. As a comparison, the Civic, Yaris, Fit, and Corolla are all in the high to mid 30's on the highway. If we look at city Driving, lets assume that the new TDI will only get 30 city. I actually think it will be better than that. An equivalent gas car would need to get 25 highway in order to match the cost per mile at current fuel prices. Of the cars I listed above, the Yaris does the best at 29 city. Add to all of this the "fun" factor that the new TDI will have over comparable efficiency machines, and I think it is no contest. I really would love to go get an 2009 but I think I'll wait until the 2010 models, if I can make it that long, to see how things shake out with the new engine, etc.