Yes, I'm in the same boat. I've owned two previous Passats, a B2 and B5. I also currently drive a B5 A4 1.8tq. So I'm looking at both the A4 and the Passat. In one respect, I like the sportier aspect and quattro of the A4. What I don't like is the cost. On the other hand, I'm older now, having just recently turning 50, and I do like the larger, more roomier ride of the Passat. And of course the much lower price of the Passat. The thing with the A4 that I don't like, is that if you don't option up the car, I just don't like the interior or wheel selections that are available with the premium/premium plus packages. I would want to upgrade to at least the sports package. And from what I've seen, dealers seldom order these cars. The ultimate A4 2.0t would be a Prestige package with sports options. But these are right around $50k. There's just no way I'm paying that for a 2.0t. Maybe an S4. So then it comes down to cost and the Passat is way less. Not as sporty, but nice all the same. It's funny. I wanted a B6 Passat in the last year they were available. But I wanted one with some sports package and auto climate control. And they just didn't make it. So now the new '12 also is out, but without any sports options or all wheel drive. Maybe I need to wait until a year or two and see if VW will offer those options. I'd still like the 2.0 with all wheel drive in the Passat. With DSG. I guy can dream.