Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
David asks: If you were looking for a VW diesel-powered auto, such as a Golf or other, what would you suggest? Best for me would be an older model for various reasons, even though the mileage might be higher. Overall reasons are excellent fuel economy, perhaps engine longevity and not having to deal with ethanol issues. The newer VW is not something I know a lot about. I have never bought a new car in my life and do not intend to start now.
My reply: Part of this is of subjective – we each have our preferences as regards vehicle configuration – but I’ll give you my mine for what it’s worth!
I really like the Golf Sportwagen with the TDI diesel and manual six-speed transmission. It’s a car with a small footprint but with as much or more room inside – especially for cargo – than larger vehicles, with the lower rider height/loading-unloading ease of a wagon configuration. The manual makes it a lot of fun to drive and the TDI diesel makes it a very (45-50 MPG) economical car to drive. The Alltrack version adds all-wheel-drive to the mix, if you need the extra grip in winter.
The only downside is finding one for sale. These are popular cars – so if you find one in good shape for a reasonable price, snap it up!
I also like the Golf TDI, which has similar virtues due to its tall/box shape and it has the additional virtue of being more common. Ditto the Jetta TDI.
Honestly, I think you’d be very happy with any TDI-powered VWs. They are great cars and were targeted for just that reason.
Keep us posted!
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