Gen 1 Volt
Gen 2 Volt
Keep the GTI
Go away, VadGTI. Please.
I do understand wanting to keep the “fun” side satisfied though. If that’s not something like a Tesla or Pana/CT6 PHEVs mentioned upthread, then I’d be looking at fun manual options more in the GTI’s price range, if not keeping it.
I don’t think a longer range BEV makes sense for you without easy, consistent access to L2 charging. Which puts you back at a Volt or Prime. Neither of which I’d personally spend more for than your current car.
Last edited by Numbersix; 01-12-2020 at 11:59 PM.
So let's recap...
You like GTI but wants PHEV for commute.
You ended up looking at a S3 because...
So by feeding all the variables into a computer to run some simulation, I think the perfect car for you in a
Golf GTEA3 etron. Or a Chrysler Pacifica.
I mean, the model 3 is a competitor to the s3. You could totally charge the model 3 off of 120 for a short commute, and top it off for heavy driving weeks via superchargers. The amount of energy used by the Tesla and volt for the same miles will be similar, just the 3 has a larger tank, and will allow a different kind of flexibility. And no issue with long trips, with the supercharger network.
I vote stealth performance 3. Even more so if you can still get HOV lane access for it.
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Unless he wants to go with Russian mobster black
Do you not have the ability to install a better charger?- I don't have Level 2 at home and 110v charging for these is unworkable. If the chargers at work are full, I'd have to drive to the nearest Supercharger station, which is about 8 miles away and hang out there for a bit while charging
Seems to me like you want a fun, "new to you" car that's not going to depreciate like a brick.
Pony up and get something you'll enjoy. A new Tesla 3 LR would tick that box, as would a used F80 M3.
Getting anything that's remotely in the same vein as the GTI is not going to cut it. After a coupel of weeks, it's going to feel just like your current GTI, leaving you wanting more. The RS3 would be an exception to that rule.
So do the right thing, spend more than you want (but not more than you can of course), and get a car that's vastly different than your GTI, and will give you something forward to look to on your commute. I'd boil that down to a new Model 3 LR, or a used F80 M3.
I'm gonna be the voice of crazy here and say:
Buy the S3!
You know you want it. It's a cliché, but true: life is too short to drive boring cars. Not that the Volt is necessarily boring, but would you rather drive an S3? Yes, you probably would.
I enjoyed my EV quite a bit, which is why I support your EV adventure. But, I can also tell there is a deep down yearning for something a bit special and interesting on the daily drive. If an S3 makes your day better, I say go for it.
Whatever you do Vad, please sell the GTI to Carvana. They got venture capital money to waste so they are overpaying for everything. You never gonna get this much money for it, ever. The inner Eastern European in you knows this is the right thing to do.
Bite the bullet and get a fun car without going ape **** on the price. I'd personally get a new Model 3 LR, as that ticks the EV box and the fun to drive/fast box, especially for a daily, as it's off the line acceleration is fantastic. Beyond that, I wouldn't bother with an fwd or fwd-biased awd short of the RS3, as they're all going to feel too similar to your GTI. So get something RWD with a limited slip, and good power, and have fun.
If you're driving on mostly local roads with stoplights, I don't see how the S3 is going to put a bigger smile on your face during your 6mi commute than the GTI.
If you want to go electric, buy a Model 3 and be done with it. Resale value seems to be quite high if you decide to go another direction and no other electric options can cover your long distance requirements. Otherwise keep the GTI and wait for more options to become available for your use pattern.
I voted keep the GTI until you can get L2 charging at home.
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