Our New Red Sportwagen TDI
After 12 great years for driving our Passat it is time to find a new ride. We spent weeks researching, evaluating, test driving, negotiating, calculating and discussing options for our next car. We looked at MANY great cars that fit our criteria. First was we wanted a hatch back to haul, pack, organize and store our stuff. The second was total cost of owners ship. All wheel drive was high on the list but it needed to fit in the formula. My wife also needed to be able to sit comfortably behind me as I drove. Right now gas prices are relatively low but they will go up again so gas milage was important. The cars on our short list were Subaru wagon, Audi A4 & A6 Avant, VW Passat Wagon and VW Sportwagen. I put together a quick formula based on a 12 year car life and gas milage. New cars got more years of life so the purchase cost was divided over all 12 years. In the end the VW Sportwagen TDI had the over all lowest cost of ownership mostly due to the gas milage. If diesel & gas prices head up our cost savings delta will be even greater. We opted for a “Salsa Red” one with panoramic sun roof and winter package. It’s been fun to drive and the best part is the automatic transmission. I’m SO done driving stick, especially on my commute out to Hillsboro.