I wish we could keep this car for a little while longer -- I made the journey to Chicago and back for last year's auto show in our Four Seasons Jetta TDI, and I wish I could do the same next week in this example.
Benefits? For starters, VW has spiffed up the interior (not that it was crude before, mind you), the wagon adds a fair amount of cargo space aft of the second row, and this wagon came equipped with the in-dash nav system. I'm usually not a fan of such systems, but given that there's only one 12-volt outlet in the cabin, I have to constantly switch between feeding voltage to my Garmin and my cell phone.
Seeing as I regularly spend plenty of time on freeways in my own transportation, a TDI is undoubtedly the perfect car for my next vehicle purchase. I'm more intrigued by the Golf TDI than I am the SportWagen, however -- it's almost $2000 cheaper, and although it may not have quite as much cargo space, it still offers the versatility of a tall roofline and a cargo hatch.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer