No offense Alfaguy but what you say belongs to the past decade. Today's VWs ( who mentioned Audi ? I said VW and meant VW, i ll tell you about Audi later) are crap.Thats because:
- They rattle like old taxis. Their plastics are too cheap-looking ( did you get in the latest Golf ?) and the interior does not give you the quality feeling that the name VW is supposed to deserve. If only you could talk to my buddy.. he owns a Polo GTi, whenever he gets in my 147 he says: "What a solid car"
VWs handling is just moderate.
- Their steering is non informative at the suspension is not anything special.
- They re NOT RELIABLE AT ALL. I have many examples of friends and neighbours that had to replace gearbox, engine ( ! ) and lots of other problems in new VW. I repeat: NEW VWs. The previous decade's VWs where great tools, reliable and a good "investment".
- They re BORING. Boring to look at, boring to drive. And full of problems. I dont see any reason for someone to own a VW. My Alfa had problems too, I m not gonna say she was more reliable, but at least she offers something: looks and handling.
If you ve driven a latest VW and you find it interesting, well, what can I say, you should re-consider what you are looking in a car or what you consider a good car. Drive a modern alfa for 10 minutes and then immediately drive a Golf. Compare the feeling of the steering wheel, compare the feeling you get on cornering. Two different worlds. If you find the comparison unfare, since Alfa is supposed to be on top of the list when it comes to handling and driving pleasure, drive something of the same school as VW. Drive a Ford Focus, then drive a Golf. You ll understand what I mean.
Thats what happens in my country, thats what we re experiencing here. Perhaps VW sends all the rejected cars here, but even if this is actually true, it would affect the car's reliability, not the feeling you get when you drive it. This is just engineering, not good or bad parts used.
I dont know, but thats the feedback we have from most VW owners here.
Now about Audis. Yes, their interior is super quality. It gives you the impression that it will last for ever and
nothing will be creaking in 15 years. BUT, this doesnt mean that the car is reliable. Built quality is one thing
reliability another. I keep hearing problems about new Audis too. And thats a shame beacause otherwise they would
be real good cars.
About Skoda, I never heard any complaints (strange since they belong to the same group, istn it ), in fact
a friend of mine has a taxi Skoda Octavia with 300.000km on the clock till now, and never had a sinlge problem.
Now that was a surprise to me. If I had to buy a german car, my first choice would be a Ford, I dont like the looks but they re reliable and they have great handling. Their suspension and steering is awesome. At least they offer something. If I had to get something from the VAG, an Audi or a Skoda could be a choice, but a VW never.