Lynne, yeah, got it friday evening, I'm having a great time, like a teenager with first car (no, being sensible and running it in properly!) I live right by the sea in the country with very twisty roads following the coast, and it really is a joy to drive. I've driven 4 wheel drives for years, including a couple of Cossies, and was a bit worried about all that power to the front wheels only, but ordered it anyway after testing the 2.0T for a few days. The v6 and the dsg are a marriage made in heaven, seamless, and I'm only using D mode at the minute. I said I'd never buy an auto but this is so good, I feel it's the future for quality cars. Really! Never mind the convenience in rush hour stop/start traffic, on the open road no matter how good a slick shifter you are, the system makes 'you' the perfect driver. I shall try to be more critical later!
Paul, you're right, but I make no apologies, I sold my business, don't need to work anymore, and all my driving is pleasure now. I'm not being funny Paul, I remember all those years! You don't go on holiday and try to save money. And you're on the button again about the sound. A chief mechanic I know said "It's like a mouse chewin' paper". But give it a blip, and....
I really shall try to be more objective next time, but my first impression is I made the best choice. I wanted a 'driver's' convertible, with all the latest options (and they're coming very fast this year) with lots of poke, great handling, a good gearbox (there is NO better), and four real seats, as I've one left in the nest. So all the two seaters were out, good as they are. I fancied the Merc conv, I very nearly ordered the Audi 3.2 quattro, the Volvo c70 has terrible overtaking speeds, and the Eos has a sunroof, which is important to me. I worked for years in gloom and I want light. I envy you Paul btw, I tried to order the dynaudio 2 weeks before build but vwuk told me it was too late. The sound is vgood, but I love my music and I wonder what I'm missing. Be pointless,
I drove and tested the 2.0T and it seemed okay. The 3.2 has much more grunt w/o a timing belt and features unavailable with the 2.0T.
In addition I really wanted the HID headlights that turn up 15 degrees with a "corner" light feature as well. The Technology Package also includes a series of parking sensors in the rear bumper.
The 3.2 V6 comes standard with Climate control, DSG and a windblocker too!
Dollar for dollar it worked out better in my opinion. The mileage differential seems to small to push us into the 2.0T.
BTW, did I mention I REALLY like the power!