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My wife was wanting a new car recently and was thinking she would like one of the smaller SUV's. She isn't the type to do any comparisons or research so I started looking at what was available. I have always liked station wagons and have owned quite a few and besides owning a pickup I like them for there utility. When I started looking online at many types of vehicles I came across with the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and even though they offer it in 3 trim levels plus a all wheel drive I liked the standard base model. All models come with the 1.8 ltr TSI engine no options. This engine has been around a while and
over the years it has gotten upgraded in power several times and is highly rated as one of the best 4 cylinder engines made. Once my wife test drove the car we bought it. She has been driving the car now for 5-6 months and likes it a lot it seems to do everything well. The little turbocharged engine is suppose to reach its torque peak at a low 1600 rpm and stay dead flat to over 5000 rpm which sounds impossible to me but when you drive it you know it's different than anything I have ever driven. It has a 6 speed automatic trans and it shifts quickly as soon as you start moving during normal excelaration never getting much above 2000 rpm. According to online tests it goes 0- 60 in under 7 seconds and has a top speed of 138 mph pretty impressive for what it is. I have a short bed Ram 1/2 ton pickup with the hemi engine that I thought was pretty quick but this car will run away from my big hemi V 8.

Anyway we finally took it on a long highway trip, Ohio to Florida and back total distance was 2314 miles driven.
It has a screen that you can choose that tells you your MPG while you are driving and I was playing with that while the wife was driving. Some times at highway speeds it was reading 54 MPG ?
All I can say is for the total trip we filled up only 4 times, usually when it was down to 1/4 tank or less and the most I ever put in it was 11.9 gals. That is unbelievable since we have driven to her mothers place in FL more than 25 times and usually use nearly 4 tanks each way ? Another impressive thing was never once going up hills in KY, TN, GA, SC, NC,VA, WV with the cruise control ser at 70 + did it ever down shift ? At 73 MPH it's running about 2100 rpm and it pulled all the hills we went up and never downshifted something I have never seen before.
To say we are impressed with this car is a understatement .

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Which one did you get as The test you refer to the manual transmission 4 Motion variety.
The new one got good reviews.

Standard VW all wheel drive take 9 seconds to sixty which should not be able to run away from your truck but then new tires make a difference.
They are well liked and for get up and go do much better than the Subaru.

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The Sportwagen we bought is the base model with the 6 speed auto trans. It has a sport mode where you can up shift and downshift with paddles at your fingertips on the steering wheel. They actually shift when you actuate them where other vehicles I have drove with this feature don't always shift when you are at wide open throttle.
I suppose the all wheel drive model would have some friction losses that rob power to the wheels.
The TSI engine with the automatic trans is rated 10 HP more than the manual ? It is rated at 180 HP and 199 ft. Lb. of torque and the car weighs 3300 + lbs. so power to weight ratio doesn't sound all that great as my Ram is rated 395 HP and 410 ft lbs and weighs approx 4500 lbs. All I can tell you is when you step on the gas not flooring it it moves with no turbo lag that I can tell where the hemi is usually in 4 cylinder mode when cruising and is not near as responsive, it takes a few seconds before you feel the power.
The gas mileage is the part that I can't get over it seems to actually get much better mileage than what the rating says and by 30- 40 percent better.

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Do some pen and paper mileage checks and you will know what you are really getting.
The auto mileage thing , from people I have known is semi-accurate to totally bogus but at that, again people I have know have had cars that were horrible or far, far, far better than the average model.

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My 2015 Nissan Altima computer matches the actual math done milage at fill up exactly. My 2011 Moto Guzzi is quite optimistic as if it show 45mpg I am actually getting closer to 40. Also the Nissan's tire pressure monitor is exact as measured against a quality dial face Accu-Guage.
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I totally agree with checking the mileage with a pen and paper over as long a period as possible. In the past I have wrote down the mileage at each fill up and the exact gallons filled ect. This trip I was not even thinking about the mileage until the last day coming home that it struck me that we had only filled it 4 times and the 5 th was a few miles from our home when we were back. The car only has about 5 K miles on it so I will check it again when we take it for another road trip and keep better records.

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What was your mpg for the trip? Fill ups don't tell the story. Sounds impressive however.
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