Of course there are some that’ll state that the GTI made by Volkswagen handles better than any Audi A3, but if any Audi buyer wanted a sportier car from Audi, they’d buy the TT or the S3, which are both nice cars to drive. I’ve driven a TT and yes I’d get one over a GTI. Irregardless of the fact that it’s much more expensive. It looks a whole lot better too.
And while the new Scirocco is a nice car in the flesh, with its lower roofline and wide rear arches, I still have that nagging feeling that a future Audi coupe would be better. This brings me to the point that Volkswagen, the automotive group has a hierarchy system and Volkswagen, the car is always one step under Audi. Now this can be clearly seen in the current generation Passat compared to the similar sized B7 Audi A4 (the previous generation A4). It looks uncompleted with its long overhangs front and back compared to the A4 and its slightly dumpy looking looks due to this. This is as though the designers at Volkswagen deliberately pulled back a little to slightly differentiate both models. Thus, the Passat looks like wallpaper instead of a painting on top of the wallpaper. Playing second fiddle is usually pretty boring. So if you really, really, really want a Volkswagen that’s not number two, buy an Audi.
The VW Passat (or wallpaper)
The Audi A4 B7 (or pretty painting in front of wallpaper)
I also think it’s because of my supposed fluency in German, i know two words very well. ‘Volks’ means ‘folk’ or ‘people’ and ‘wagen’ means ‘carriage’ or ‘car’. So buying the ‘People’s car’ doesn’t swing it for me. It is like buying a Proton and thinking it’s a fabulous car. As the main reason for Malaysia building Proton is to have an affordable car for the people, hence a Proton is also a People’s car. This was the same reason why Adolf Hitler started Volkswagen in the first place; for the masses to use. Thus the point is that if you’re a German in Germany, buying a Volkswagen is exactly like a Malaysian buying a Proton; affordability. Now if you buy any Volkswagen here in the region and harp about it like a golden chalice from the heavens, I suggest you stop. It’s actually no better than a Proton whether you like it or not.
Of course, give me a Type 14 Karmann Ghia like in the pic above or if Volkswagen started designing cars like that again I just might change my mind.