2.0FSI is gutless. Give's good economy but you have to thrash it to get
decent performance and then economy goes out the window. Also needs super
unleaded to run FSI properly.
I'd go for the TDI as it'll be quicker in everyday driving while returning
reasonable MPG. Ours (saloon) gets about 40mpg. Not as good as the combined
figure would suggest but OK. It's also far quicker for overtakes. Downside
of the TDI is the short powerband so plenty of gearchanging required and of
course, the diesel sound.
I have a 2003 1.9 TDI 130SE - plenty of torque and acceleration in the
gear but off the lights not so much. The deisel sound is not too bad,
certainly a lot better than deisels of old. Also this engine can be
remapped up to 180BHP if you really need it for around £2-£300.
Economy is good - I return 50-53mpg on long motorway cruises at around
80mph (45 with a roofbox) and up to 40 around town on my 5 mile
journey to work which takes 20 mins. This is comparable with my
smaller fiat Stilo 1.9 TDI.
Comfortable ride a good comprimise between comfort and handling.
I found space inside a little disappointing for rear passengers,
because of the lower seating position there is less legroom behind me
than there was in my Stilo as the fiat had a higher seating position.
But apart from that I have no complaints.
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