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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old January 12th, 2011, 04:49   #1
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Default My 2011 Golf vs 2011 BMW 530d rental

So I am in Germany for a couple months. The Golf is at home sleeping of course, and I have a brand new BMW 530d for a rental out here in Germany. 5 series BMW's and E class Mercedes are the going choices among our group for rentals....with a pretty good mix among MT, gas, diesel, etc. I knew right off I would rather have a smaller car since those are boats for out this way, but figured I would go with the norm and try on a nice car for awhile. I did push to get a MT diesel vs just taking whatever out of the class. They had none with both...I could of gotten a MT gasser or an auto diesel as far as the BMW's went, so I got the auto diesel. It is nice and all, but after a couple weeks with it so far, I would much rather have my Golf out here then that car. In fact I think the Golf is MUCH more fun to drive even though the bimmer is faster...and for the tighter urban areas, the bimmer is just too big for comfortable effortless zipping around. In fact if it wasnt for all the fancy radar/parking assist on the BMW, it would be flat out annoying sometimes.

Even though I am out here 2 months, we can only keep the rentals 2 weeks to a month before exchanging them with the rental agency. I think I will step down below our allowed rental class and see if they have any A3 TDI's or at least a Golf. Hopefully they have something like that without having to go to the likes of a cheap boring ole Citroen or Opel or something...in which case I would just stick with what I have.

So in other words, VW Golf > BMW 530d to me, at least as far as driving around europe goes.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 05:33   #2
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I am in Germany often. My favorite rentals now are:

For Long Trips: Ford Mondeo Wagon TDCI (hard to park though)

For Long Trips, but I must also park in a city: Audi A4 TDI

The Audi, even with the small TDI engine and manual trans is a really nice car. It is almost as zippy as a Golf in town, yet much better at high speeds for long distance.

Here is what to avoid: Passat, Opel Insignia (thirsty, bad nav), any Korean, Toyota, any Renault

Also good, BMW 320D, Ford S-MAX TDCI (very big), Focus TDCI (if only driving in town), Skoda Superb (too big for small towns, good for distance)

The Mondeo has the best steering, the best seats, and the best seat position. It is not the fastest, it does not have the best gadgets. YOu can drive it all day and get out feeling fresh. The Audi A6 and the BMW5 are too big, too heavy, too complex.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 08:01   #3
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Audi A4 TDI
The Audi, even with the small TDI engine and manual trans is a really nice car.
My dream car that I will never be able to own. I wish we had that car in the US. I will say, I have an '05 Audi A4 USP w/MT and it is a great car that gets good fuel economy. I was just thinking about trading it in on something, but there isn't anything that I feel is as good because of the AWD. I can't afford the new A4 right now, but might wait a while and get one a year or two old.

Thanks for sharing your trip experience.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:39   #4
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I am in Germany often. My favorite rentals now are:
For Long Trips: Ford Mondeo Wagon TDCI (hard to park though)
No wonder, it has the wheelbase of a Taurus.
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The Mondeo has the best steering, the best seats, and the best seat position. It is not the fastest, it does not have the best gadgets. YOu can drive it all day and get out feeling fresh.

I had a Mondeo Titanium 2.2TDCi in Summer, and it definitely had gadgets. Big-screen navigation with pretty good iPod integration, heated and cooled seats... but the best thing about the Mondeo is how it drives. Smooth, but fun through corners for such a big FWD car.
The 2.2L diesel has 200hp. That's plenty, and the 6-speed manual feels great.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:46   #5
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that is a monstrous wheel base!
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Old December 15th, 2011, 04:59   #6
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OK, it's not exactly the same wheelbase - 112.2" for the Mondeo, 112.9" for the Taurus.
Still, the Fusion only has 107.4" - the Mondeo has a vastly larger interior, being much wider and taller than the Fusion too.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 05:12   #7
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I think if I were there, I'd want to experience as many different offerings as possible, so I'd go with something that was unavailable here... which is not hard to find of course.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:04   #8
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what do you guys do that you get to be in europe for months at a time??
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:20   #9
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I think if I were there, I'd want to experience as many different offerings as possible, so I'd go with something that was unavailable here... which is not hard to find of course.
The last time I was in the UK I rented a Skoda Octavia TDI with a manual transmission. Though considered a low end vehicle in Europe, that car was great. Tight, fast, comfortable and very low fuel consumption.

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what do you guys do that you get to be in europe for months at a time??
c17chief -- C-17 Chief? My first guess would be spending your tax dollars.
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The last time I was in the UK I rented a Skoda Octavia TDI with a manual transmission. Though considered a low end vehicle in Europe, that car was great. Tight, fast, comfortable and very low fuel consumption.



c17chief -- C-17 Chief? My first guess would be spending your tax dollars.
heh, i suppose i could have paid better attention to the name... thanks for the slap
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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:53   #11
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get a skoda yeti, its a golf chassis and tdi motor with awd! or a tiguan tdi awd, i have always wanted one of those.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 10:12   #12
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c17chief -- C-17 Chief? My first guess would be spending your tax dollars.
yeah. And wow, digging up an old thread! haha.

As far as the tax dollars go... it's pretty much win win as far as the cars go. The rental place we use pretty much hooks us up when it comes to long term rentals like that. Pretty much comes out to about $52/day out the door. Considering 29.99 euro is the cheapest per day for the smallest most basic thing available I have seen out there in recent years, we pretty much get a steal. Especially when our orders call for SUV class as it is, which is usually much more expensive.
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