After going back and forth a few times, my wife and I are planning on getting rid of the TDI early on in the buybacks rather than waiting around driving the free car. This is mostly due to the risk of dumping money into the car that we’re planning on getting rid of.

So now the debate on what to replace it with. The hope would be that this car sticks around for at least a good 100,000 miles or so.

Criteria:

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Automatic- I’d like a good automatic and not a CVT but ultimately it’s my wife’s car so I just won’t drive it if I don’t like it.

Hatchback- Must be a hatchback and anything with significantly less space than the 4-door Golf won’t be an option.

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Newish/Niceish- My wife has complained that I ruined cars for her because she notices more about cars and is pickier now. Cars that feel underpowered and cheap won’t be options.

Price- Hoping to stay around $20k plus maybe a grand and minus two or three.

So far we’ve driven a Mk7 Golf TSI and a Mk7 GTI. She liked the GTI a little more but not $5k more. I’m hoping I can get a supplier discount through my company and that VW will try to retain customers for a deal on a new model but my wife isn’t crazy about buying new.

Other options considered and will hopefully be driving in the near future:

Mk6 GTI: It’ll be just like her car now but gas and better. CPOs are right around 21k. I don’t trust the five cylinders after her Jetta so it’s Mk6 GTI or no Mk6.

Lexus CT200H: I have a feeling she’ll hate driving it but I’m curious

Mazda3 Hatchback: I worry this will be a step backwards in quality and feel from the Golf but admittedly don’t know too much about them. Has Mazda fixed their rust issues?

Subaru Impreza: Similar quality and feel concerns as the Mazda. Also CVT and probably slow feeling.

What are Oppo’s thoughts on these cars? Anything I missed?

Also, does anyone know if we could get tax savings with the buyback like one can with a trade in? It’d certainly be a pro for buying a VW if we could save $1000 on sales tax by only being taxed on the difference between buyback and the new car rather than paying tax on the full new car price.