2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon TDI Highline Review - There's Literally Nothing Else Like It

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Anytown Car Mall Sales Rep: "We've had a look at your list of requirements, ma'am, and we're going to present you with our patented Complete List Of Possibilities™ which never fails to identify a range of possibilities that will fulfill your needs."

Car Buyer: "Oh, thanks, I'm excited to see what my money buys me."

Anytown Car Mall Sales Rep: "Right on. So you said your budget topped out at $30,000. We can definitely squeeze in under that upper limit with one car or another. You want a wagon, not a simple hatchback. You want your automatic to be a dual-clutch gearbox. An import brand is also one of your prerequisites. A diesel engine is a must-have, which will be nice for you since a litre of diesel currently costs $0.17 less than a litre of regular gasoline."

THE GOOD
• Loads of cargo space

• Diesel efficiency and torque
• Great ride/handling blend
• Such a solid structure
• The simple fact that they build this
THE BAD
• Torquey but not quick
• $1400 less = suitable manual shifter
• You'll get an awful lot of SUV for $38K
• Comically old infotainment unit
• Not quite on the sporty side of fun

Car Buyer: "Exactly. I just hope I'll be able to decide which one I like best."

Anytown Car Mall Sales Rep: "Well, if you'll just go ahead and scan this list here, I don't think you'll have too much trouble with the decision process."

Car Buyer: Silence. Stunned facial expression.

Anytown Car Mall Sales Rep: "Well, what do you think?"

Car Buyer: "There's only one car on the list."

Anytown Car Mall Sales Rep: "Oh, but what a car it is."

End scene.

Even if our example of a car buyer's wish list was dramatically shortened, your options are still limited to just the one car. Sacrifice the direct-shift gearbox demand, or the import brand demand, or the diesel powerplant demand – you're still looking at a Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon, and nothing else.

Auto News For Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Top Gear Hosts Move To Amazon Prime

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews and videos for Thursday, July 30, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO MEDIA BUSINESS
Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will produce a new show, not for Netflix, but for Amazon Prime. The first broadcasts will air next year.

INSIDE THE AUTO INDUSTRY
One 2015 Ford F-150 is not necessarily as safe as another 2015 Ford F-150. That's the lesson learned from recent IIHS crash tests.

INSIDE OWNER GARAGES
The average age of vehicles registered in the United States in 2015 is 11.5 years, a record for seniority according to IHS Automotive. Meanwhile, owners are keeping their new cars for 6.5 years.

Auto News For July 29, 2015 - 2016 Audi A4 Review

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Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews and videos for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

INSIDE THE AUTO INDUSTRY
“I was simply left blindsided on this issue.” So says Lisa Raitt, the Minister of Transport in Canada, where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the nation’s top-selling automobile manufacturer; north of a country which was just fined FCA $105,000,000 and enacted a deal which will result in FCA paying consumers to have their vehicles recalled and other vehicles selling their vehicles back to FCA.

REVIEW
CAR’s Georg Kacher drove the upcoming 2016 Audi A4 on the Schauinsland hillclimb. Does the new A4 have the Drivers’ Car cred of the BMW 3-Series or the new Jaguar XE?

Watch 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Video Review - Alex On Autos

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We drove a 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i and, despite its low total output, we were satisfied.

But when Subaru delivered a 3.6L version of their Subaru Legacy (the sedan version of the Outback wagon) to GCBC Towers, we were disappointed. So much money, such poor fuel economy, and not that much power.

Now, there may have been a problem with that car. Something wasn't right, Subaru felt. They want us to test another one, but scheduling hasn't permitted that.

Regardless, we've wanted to review a four-cylinder version of the Legacy ever since. Can it combine sufficient power with its unbeatable all-wheel-drive system while overcoming the faults of the previous generation

One Month Update: Long-Term 2015 Honda Odyssey EX

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After one month with our own 2015 Honda Odyssey EX, the most annoying issue turns out to be the compact size of the sunglasses holder.

The roof-mounted sunglasses pocket does double duty as the conversation mirror, a wonderful minivan feature that enables the driver and front passenger to see everything that's going on in the second and third rows. Whether this is the cause for the limited space available for sunglasses, we know not.

Let's be clear, it's a tiny fault. (Moreover, sunglasses still fit, they just need to make an artful entrance.) But the nitpicking of our key Odyssey criticism serves to prove the overall strength of the Odyssey.