I’ve been driving my mother’s VW Jetta recently, and the way the throttle responds, it’s as if the engine is begging to be driven hard. It’s not an easy throttle to modulate at low speeds. Maybe it’s the transmission rather than the throttle. I can’t speak to why it drives the way it does, I can only describe the experience. That being said, I can now see why VW drivers have such an infamous reputation. Also, this throttle control issue makes this car a poor choice for winter driving car, because it’s difficult to drive it gently.
It’s a nice car, and it’s fun to drive when the roads aren’t crowded, but it’s not my style. I prefer a car that doesn’t seem to be designed to bring out my aggressive driving tendencies.
It’s also not a car I would ever buy for myself because of its reputation for expensive repairs, but so far, it’s been as reliable as my Civic was when it was the same age.
One last thing to consider is that, if I was looking for a good winter driving car, it would be something that doesn’t have low profile tires. It would be something I could easily outfit with a set of steel rims and winter tires. I wouldn’t want to fork over the money to buy winter tires that fit the stock rims on my mother’s Jetta and have tires mounted twice a year.