Are VW TDIs still able to compete for efficiency?

One would think that with the shrinking gasoline engines, direct injection and thinner steel, alloys and plastic being use in the tin boxes today that the fuel efficiency list would hinder Volkswagen TDIs and their small diesels. Nope ... the TDI is still the best way to have a solid car and avoid the complexity of adding amp hours of batteries and electric motors -- EV or hybrid.

The 10 most fuel-efficient non-electrified cars you can buy
1. Scion iQ 37 mpg
2. Smart fortwo 36 mpg
3. Volkswagen Passat TDI (manual) 35 mpg
4. Audi A3 TDI 34 mpg
(tie) Hyundai Accent (manual) 34 mpg
(tie) Kia Rio (manual) 34 mpg
(tie) Kia Rio Eco (automatic) 34 mpg
(tie) Volkswagen Golf TDI 34 mpg
(tie) Volkswagen Jetta TDI 34 mpg (sedan and SportWagen)
(tie) Volkswagen Passat TDI (automatic) 34 mpg

via LeftLaneNews