Last post on Dec 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Jetta, Car Comparisons, Wagon
#2 of 3 Outback vs. TDI
Dec 09, 2012 (10:56 am)
I considered the TDI but decided on the Outback because the mileage just wasn't as significant for me as perhaps for others. I've driven older TDIs ('98 and '01) when renting cars in Germany and really liked the "common rail" injection.
I'm not sure that the newer TDI is as responsive and wasn't sure how the VW automatic transmission stacked up against the Outbact CVT. We live in CO so the AWD was pretty important to us and neither of us wanted to go back to a standard transmission.
I'm not sure that the (current) large price difference between 85 octane gas and diesel means a lower cost per mile for the VW anyway. I know that a few years ago VW had some niggling problems with things like window switches but not sure that those haven't been resolved. Subies have a great reputation for longevity.
Not sure how the VW and Outback compare pricewise as we only considered the Limited OB and getting an OB at invoice or lower isn't too difficult.
#3 of 3 AWD vs. Gas Mileage
Dec 09, 2012 (11:24 pm)
thank you for your response...i would prefer the gas savings of the SportWagen over the AWD of the Outback only because i live in Texas and dont really need it.
However, since i plan on keeping the car for so long, i dont know where i will be when i get home next September or in 5 years....so its possible we could end up in an area that would geatly benefit from the AWD. i just dont think buying a car with the expectation of possibly using it down the road would be the best idea...ya know.