You say that you want a vehicle that is fuel efficient, inexpensive to operate, has a huge cargo area and is environmentally sound then might I recommend one that quite possibly might also never depreciate?
For years, VW has quietly imported small numbers of TDI models into the United States and due to their fuel efficiency and the generally robust nature of diesel engines, these Golfs and Jettas have attracted a devoted cult following. So much so that you can find well used old examples on the internet selling for their original MSRP. That NEVER happens.
The VW Sportswagen TDI starts at a reasonable $23,870 and can be equipped with a manual transmission or VWs class leading DSG Double-clutch automatic transmission. The DSG working in conjunction with the diesel is excellent at accessing the steep torque curve of the diesel engine. Fuel economy ratings are 31 city/ 40 highway from a four cylinder engine with 140 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque. That is more torque than you get in a GTI. If you dont know, it isnt horsepower you feel when a vehicle pushes you back into your seat as you accelerate. It is the torque.
With a cargo area that is larger than many medium sized SUVs, the VW Jetta Sportwagen is an interesting alternative to the SUV. VW is only importing 5,000 a year, though, so supplies are limited. Another surprising fact? While many auto experts claimed Americans would never embrace diesel engined vehicles 80 percent of Jetta Sportwagens sold in the United States come with the diesel option.
by James Hamel