I did my homework to get my wife an economical car that would be an upgrade to her horrid corolla. Went with the TDI due to its track history. Fuel economy is better than EPA estimates. Driving it is smooth, fun and flawless. My wife loves to push its acceleration abilities. Handles brilliantly. Brakes are solid. The displays are great and intuitive. Bluetooth audio is pretty sweet as well -they don't advertise that feature. I like driving it more than my Saab 9-3 2.0T except for the fact that it is red. This car beats many Audi's in price and comfort (same maker, I know).
Overall, the best car I have owned and one of the few I would buy new due to its high resale value.
Range (13 gal~ 580 highway miles) Mixed driving including on military bases (@ <25mph)~ 36 mpg, only highway~45 mpg
Headroom (6'5" with plenty to spare)
Cargo space and versatility
Surprising long drive comfort
TDI rubber mats
Larger than expected
Ugly nose, which I already think they have plans to give it a facelift. Has a potentially annoying ice hazard warning but I think that is better than not having one. Occasionally, the engine will run after shutdown to cool down and/or remove particulates. Scared me the first time.
Any changes... will give updates
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