Thanks to the diesel emissions scandal, and the uncertainty of what kind of “fix” would be required to meet emissions, this seemed like the best time to try trading in my 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. While I have loved the Sportwagen for it versatility, and have loved the 2.0L turbo-diesel for its power and fuel efficiency, we had been thinking about getting an all-wheel drive vehicle so that my wife wouldn’t be snowed in while I’m traveling.
In order to take advantage of the trade-in opportunity, we limited our search to Audi and Volkswagen. I wanted something with similar storage to the Jetta wagon, about 66 cubic feet, which eliminated the Q3 and Tiguan, leaving us with the choice of a Q5 or Touareg. We decided that we would meet at McDonald VW, drop off the Jetta so that they could do an appraisal on it, and we could go to Applebee’s for some dinner.
While I was stuck in traffic on the way there, my wife arrived at VW. She talked with the salesman a bit, and made some headway toward making a deal. She wasn’t sure how it would work out, so she suggested that I stop at the Audi dealer on the way there. While I was working with the salesman at the Audi dealership, they took the car down the block to the VW dealer, so the guys at VW knew that I was talking to the Audi dealer.
In the end, McDonald VW was able to make the deal on the Touareg, a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg V6 Lux with 4MOTION, fully loaded. It’s Flint Grey Metallic, with Anthracite Black Vienna Leather interior. It has heated and air conditioned front seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone thermostatically controlled temperature, touchscreen radio with navigation, backup camera, parking assist, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, etc. on and on… It has a 3.8L V6 gasoline engine, with 18mpg city, and 22mpg highway, so I won’t be getting 42-54mpg any longer… It is all-wheel drive, and very comfortable.