My question... If you were in the market, would you go for a new VW (with full maintenance plan to 120 000km) or second hand C180/320i with low mileage and balance of a maintenance plan? Spec for spec they are very similar.
Would rather go for the C180. you'll see much lower fuel consumption (I like both BMW and Merc btw).
The new 1.4 turbo engines are really nice though. They deliver enough punch to take you places, but you can't take too much weight though, so it's not a big holiday car.
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Weight won't be a problem. No family yet... Only 2 of us. Maybe a couple of bikes on the roof. I don't really want to buy second hand. If the Jetta's ride comes close to the C180, I'll take it.
Nothing wrong with the Cruze - probably a better option than the super dull Jetta. However that said you can't compare the Jetta and Cruze to a BMW or Mercedes.