This is a future pondering post – another one of those “What if” musings…
If you’ve already been reading here for some time, you know I’m planning on replacing my ‘Big White Whale‘ (2000 Nissan Maxima SE, 5-speed) with a Mazda Miata, hopefully by the end of this year. Besides saving up for this vehicle change, the other issue I will have is going from a roomy 4 door sedan, to a nice, but snug, sporty coupe – no room!
So, we would need to use my wife’s car for shopping, other errands & outings. Her current car is also a 4-door sedan, but not as roomy or nice as my Maxima. So…it would be best to get a better (& newer) 4-door, possibly a crossover or wagon. It has to be an automatic. Isa can drive a standard just fine (see my Awesome Racing Birthday Surprise), but she prefers not to have to shift.
Well, I’ve become impressed by the growing crop of DSG-style automatics out there by VW, Audi, Nissan, etc. There are some good offerings within these manufacturers that would please my wife, my driving enthusiasm & our budget. Here’s a couple of vehicles I’d seriously consider:
- VW Jetta Sportback TDI w/DSG (yes, a diesel)
- Audi A3 2.0 T SportBack w/S tronic™ (their DSG variant)
I spent some time on both the Volkswagen & Audi websites, configuring these cars, moving around option choices & so on. Both were under $30K, with the VW only about $2500 less. I was surprised!
I’m sure there may be other candidates out there. What’s your informed opinion?
Racing Ready is all about informed choices…