Aug 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $28,225
Likes

Miniature Mercedes Benz CLS for half price. Beautiful fit and finish. Remote actually works as an electronic key in the car. 200 hp direct-injection turbo 4-cylinder feels more like 250 hp. 25-30 mpg acceptable. Bentley style black and white interior suitably outrageous. Speed-variable power steering well sorted, 6-speed manual transmission a joy. Handling predictable, seats comfortable, road noise minimal, back

Dislikes

Push-button electronic park brake feels like accident waiting to happen. Sirius reception could be better.

Verdict

Handsome evolution of latest Jetta/Passat designs attracts comment and questions. High fun factor. Feels well sorted and built, if you’re worried about how it will be at 80,000 miles try a four-year lease. A worthy competitor to the Mazda 6.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 200hp
EPA Mileage 25-30 mpg