The Saab continues to fall apart slowly-- just the other day the motor for the passenger window stopped working, except occasionally to allow the glass to slide down. Damn-- I do like that car.
Anyway, I tried VW Golfs today. The regular TSI one (S or SE-- I can't remember) drove surprisingly well. At least as well as the Saab, not that its turbo lag is anything to aspire to. There was a bit of bobble-head action going on at low speeds near traffic lights, but the sport setting on the transmission took care of that completely.
The GTI also had its virtues, although it was quite a bit noisier than the TSI. Apparently some of that is caused by the Soundaktor
under the hood, which could be disconnected. There is also more road noise because of the skinny tires. Nice acceleration, though! Superb sense of control. On that one, the normal "Drive" mode actually worked better over a range of conditions than the "sport."
Now to scout another few options. Is this going to be a second or third car? Until now, we've always gone with two, but my wife is starting to drive again and our daughter will be coming in and out of the house between terms.