My 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS TDI is much peppier than my past 1982 VW Rabbit diesel. I find it responds well in the snow. It has excellent fuel economy. I have short legs and have to leave the seat rather close. I am 5'8'' and my head always hits or knocks off my hat when entering drivers side. The rear seats are a little tight. The car rides like a much heavier car and if one is not careful, the speed can creep up on you. I find the car runs reasonably well compared to my previous diesels. Overall, in my opinion this is the best car in its class and it seems to hold its value well.
I love diesel engines they just keep on running and you cannot beat the fuel economy. I like the ESP and anti-lock brakes. The heated seats are nice. The air bags are great too. I feel safe in my VW Jetta.
It could use just a little more head room when I enter on the driver's door. If I back up the seat I have room but can't catch the pedals.