Are there anyone who drove both? I would like to hear their opinion comparing these two cars too? I test drove the GTI, but I couldn't find a TDI to test drive. And now I am wondering whether I should wait for the TDI, or I should get the GTI now.
I really liked the GTI by the way. People on various forums, and on various car magazine reviews, they say so many nice things about the TDI; and that makes me wonder how good it is. I mean, if we exclude the fuel economy issue, as a car is it that much better than even the GTI? At the moment, my primary concern is not the fuel economy. I will be already spending a lot of money on a new car, so I don't care about few thousand that I can save down the road, nor about the $1700 that I can save right now. I don't want to sound like money is not important to me. My point is that if I am already spending around $25000 on a new car, I don't want to sacrifice a good car for a couple of thousands.
On the other hand, GTI's straight line speed doesn't interest me much either. But it was such a solid car when I test drove it that it gave me the impression that I was driving a really expensive German car. Handling, engine and exhaust sounds, steering feel, refinement, and ride quality, and the way it was distributing its torque and horse power while accelerating were excellent, and better than many cars that I owned and drove.
But since I didn't drive the TDI, maybe those characteristics are also present in the TDI. If anyone were able to test drive both, I would be happy to hear their opinions.
By the way, my single problem with the GTI was the red stitching that I thought was overdone. I mean with the leather seats, they seem to be OK, but with the cloth seats, red stitching seemed to be all over the car. But that is not a deal breaker.