|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$33,670|
Easily the most attractive car Volkswagen produces, perhaps ever. “The mid-size sports sedan with shocking good looks.” The electro-mechanical power steering, with speed variable assist, made parking lot maneuvering easy without sacrificing control at town and highway speeds. Plenty of on-demand power from 3,000 rpms and up. Handling proved plenty competent in twisty hill roads, thanks in part to the multi-link, independent rear suspension.
Reflex Silver Metallic, Silver Moon or Ingot Silver – whatever they want to call it – silver is as boring as beige. Get a different color. The turbo lag was evident and it wasn’t a quick revving engine. The small clock on the dash was only interested in showing the time to the rearview mirror, based on the upward angle of the face.
A bold design at a moderate price point. It needs more, however. More power, more options, more personality. It is an adequate, everyday, don’t-think-about-it, point-A-to-point-B driver. Some performance-oriented options (like the 280-hp VR6 engine) would add a lot of fun to the car. With the Acura TL, Nissan Maxima and Volvo S60 as competitors, any advantage is needed.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
|EPA Mileage||22 city/31 highway|