The Golf TDI in its pleasing blue paint was a nice car to have waiting for me at the Detroit airport when I flew home from driving the Buick Regal in Germany. There were three of us in the car heading back to Ann Arbor, and we were all impressed by the ride quality and the quiet cabin. It's easy to stall this car; as Phil mentions, there's a narrow powerband and you have to modulate the accelerator pedal carefully.
Would I choose the TDI over one of the other available engines in the Golf? Only if I regularly made long highway trips; for that purpose, it's a champ. But if most of my driving was urban and on two-lane roads, I'd join Phil in getting myself a GTI. For diesel fans, though, this Golf TDI is a big winner.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor