Originally Posted by fredzy
I went from a 350Z to my Jetta Sportwagen TDI. Driving my VW is quite pleasant, yes. For all practical purposes it feels like it has a big V6. But the fact that the engine wheezes out and dies after 4000 RPM doesn't hurt the fun factor - that definitely exists. I look forward to getting into my JSW just as much as I ever looked forward to getting into my Z. The butter-smooth gearbox and excellent Golf chassis help there. I just wouldn't take it to a track day.
And I definitely drive like more of an a**hole in the Jetta than I did in the Z. Something to do with the turbo...
I had a MKV GTI and that 2.0T was fantastically fun while returning over 32mpg real world over the 58k I had it. I just couldn't fathom giving up that fun for the relatively meager fuel savings.