We bought this car new, after the dealer went high and low trying to find one. It has 175000 miles on it and is by far the lowest-cost joy of a car we have ever owned. Going for 300,000+! Only the two-seat Honda Insight tops it for freeway-driving economy and this has no multi-thousand- dollar battery battery bank overhauls looming in the future!
The TDI engine technology is the best of the best. Volkswagen should never have "improved" on the A4 engine since the previous versions and the 2004 and later PD versions have not performed as well.
It may appear in the new VW Sportwagen (Jetta in the U.S.) in January '08, but VW desperately needs to get back on the A4-type track with a 6-speed manual at 60+ mpg. Their prototype TDI hybrid at around 100 mpg would really take the cake, overriding the cost of the long-term battery replacements.
Great driving car. Smooth over bumps,
good bit of body lean in turns but feels
very sure footed. Torque makes you feel
like you're driving a much more powerful
car. Highway ride is a nice, tracks
straight (autobahn heritage), eats up
twisty roads, steering feels great.
We traded in a 6mo. old Civic. Civic was
roomier, better basic transport. But for
a fun refined driving machine, this is it!
Fun, power, handling, highway tracking,
stereo (best stock I've heard), mileage
(53mpg on 1st tank), lots of nice little
Less body lean, more powerful diesels
like in europe (requires better fuel due
in 2007), lower price
As a first time Volkswagon and diesel
owner, this car gets two thumbs up.
Zero problems, all fun. Incredible
mileage(45-50mpg), surprising power,
quiet and no smoke. Everyone who has
ridden in it is completely surprised
when I announce it's a diesel. The car
handles well, smart interior design,
firm but comfortable seats, 6 air bags,
roomy for cargo and elegant hatch-back
styling. Exterior fit and finish is
supurb. Doors thunk, not clink. This
car is designed to a very
After a year, if asked what the
downside to owning a diesel is, I would
have to say 'NONE'. Total surprise.
This is a great car and I love it.
Diesel Engine. Responsive, torquey,
quiet, smokeless, economical. Total
surprise and well kept secret.