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The Smoking Tire One Take review here (CLICK) I'm also the editor for www.tracktuned.com and co-host on the " SlipAngle " podcast. Follow us on Instagram and give us a "Like" on Facebook . I originally bought this car because I was doing a lot of driving for my job in outside sales covering all of Georgia, Alabama, and the Panhandle of Florida. I really wanted a Fiesta ST, but it was just too small for me to make it work for all the stuff I needed to carry with me for my job at the time. I also looked at a Mazda CX-5 (don't know it till you try it) - we had just bought my fiance one a few months before I was looking for a new car and I had taken it to an S2000 rally at Deal's Gap and not many of the S2000s could keep up (driver mod). To get a manual trans in the CX-5, you had to get the base model with the small engine, no leather, no sat radio, no heated seats...and worst of all...not available in white. So, enter the 2014 Jetta Sportwagen. It checked all the boxes. White with tan leather, interior (what I wanted at the time, but now I regret the tan interior), sat radio, backup camera, heated seats, all the space I needed for work, great fuel economy...and a 6 speed manual trans. After doing some research, I found that the chassis was the same as a 4 door GTI, just with a foot and a half added behind the rear wheels (same wheelbase) and that sealed the deal. Tons of aftermarket potential to get the thing to handle well, TDI mpg, etc, etc. It's the perfect car for me. I consider this car the non-compromising compromise car. It does everything well. Not great, but well. I can't think of 1 vehicle that would work better for me personally.
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