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Volkswagen Jetta, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#4020 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [moparbad]
Mar 27, 2010 (6:42 pm)
I sat in the new 2010 Jetta Sportwagen. It was very comfortable. The only VW seats I liked better are the Golf GTI. My question, if it is a Jetta Sportwagen here and a Golf Estate in the UK. Do they have the same seats as the Golf TDI sold here. They did not have a Golf TDI to check out. They sell before they are unloaded here.
Another plus for the Sportwagen over the A3 is the VW has 10 more inches in length. More room for stuff. And over an inch better ground clearance.
Another question is why Edmund's still show pictures of the 2009 Sportwagen under the 2010 listing? The new one is so much more appealing to me than last years model.
#4021 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [gagrice]
Mar 27, 2010 (7:41 pm)
Seats in the Golf TDI are not the same as the Jetta/Golf Wagon. If you like the GTI seats, you will like the Golf TDI seats better than Jetta TDI seats.
Seats in the Jetta Sedan are same as those in the Jetta Wagon.
#4022 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [gagrice]
Mar 28, 2010 (9:38 am)
I wasn't really aware of the additional length of the Sportwagen until I opened the A3 rear door. Its a huge reduction in rear space. Its no wonder that so few A3s are sold.
#4023 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [dwpc]
Mar 28, 2010 (11:56 am)
For me the ultimate would be the Audi A4 Allroad TDI sold in the EU. It uses the same 2.0L engine as the A3 and Sportwagen. The A3 would be a nice little commuter or traveling salesman's vehicle. Just too close to the ground for my taste. Too hard getting out of for me. The A4 wagon is slightly bigger than the Sportwagen.
#4024 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [gagrice]
Mar 28, 2010 (1:00 pm)
I was more curious than interested in the A3. I've had an A6 for 9 years and its been the most expensive car to maintain I've ever owned (incl. 2 MBs). They say "Never keep an Audi past its warranty." but the double-whammy is the horrific beating they take on resale value. Can't afford to keep 'em; can't afford to trade 'em. My Audi lesson is well learned.
#4025 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [dwpc]
Mar 28, 2010 (2:32 pm)
Probably good that Audi does not offer anything I would want then. I am beginning to think keeping any vehicle past warranty is not wise. The cost of repairing the cheapest Toyota or Honda can be a killer.
I would jump on the Sportwagen TDI if it had just a little better ground clearance.
#4026 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [gagrice]
Mar 28, 2010 (3:26 pm)
Well, after 1 year of TDI Sportwagen ownership, I got used to it (ground clearance). I have installed those rubber spacers in both rear coils and the car does not bottom out anymore with the hitch installed, when carrying bicycles. Cornering and ride hasn't changed. I read somewhere that the low clearance design is on purpose; the car sits better/lower on US "autobahns" (lower air drag).
It's fun car to drive, plenty of power and torque. Ample space behind rear seats and with Yakima roof box on top, great car for camping. Seats are firm but comfortable on long trips.
6 speed manual is just flawless. Brakes are adequate, ABS works well. Cabin is driver friendly and controls are well designed (after you get used to them, as they slightly differ from Japanese controls).
The only 2 issues I have are:
The moonroof - too much heat built up in Fl climate - but now, with Yakima roof box I carry my own "shade".
Headlights don't turn off automatically, when you remove the ignition key. There is a warning chime but the volume is too low to hear it. I wonder if you can increase the chime volume - have to ask the dealer, net time I am there for a service.
Items replaced: rear wiper blade (not under warranty); rear door lock remote module (replaced under warranty); defective PIAA ultra bright H7 bulb (replaced all 4 OEMs with PIAAs, when I bought the car last February).
#4027 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [jogousa]
Mar 28, 2010 (3:56 pm)
I remember your post and links to the rubber spacers. I would to that for sure if I bought one. I want either the white or white gold color. No moon roof. Still leaning toward the DSG for the wife. They have one in stock right now and are willing to deal. I want to see the White Gold. Not sure if they have sold any of the Sportwagens in that color.
#4028 of 4777 Re: Sportwagen TDI vs Audi A3 TDI [gagrice]
Mar 28, 2010 (7:22 pm)
My TDI is "candy white" ... not sure if VW has the same colors nowadays.
I would stay away from panoramic sunroof - unfortunately, I did not have a choice then... also, my car came with 17" wheels but I asked the dealer to switch them and had 16" installed instead - that was a good move, in my opinion, in a long run.
Mar 28, 2010 (8:55 pm)
White Gold is quite striking. Not what I expected from the name, thought it was silver until a comparison with Reflex Silver car could be made side to side.
If I were buying today White Gold would be my top choice.