I have purchased a second hand one of these cars to replace my much loved Passat Sport. I have run the car for the past three months and am very pleased with the decision that I made. The car is equipped with a 2.7, twin turbo engine generating 250bhp. This means it has plenty of pace when required, but its real forte is miles of effortless motorway cruising. The tall sixth gear means that at 70 mph the engine is spinning at just 3,000 revs, making for a very quiet and refined ride. The car is as well built as anyone would expect from a German manufacturer, with good quality, electrically adjustable leather seats that cosset both front and rear passengers, and still feel comfortable after long journeys. The standard audio package is greatly enhanced by the BOSE speaker and amplifier upgarde, well worth the £500 optional cost. In terms of safety equipment the car comes with ABS, Electronic Stability Control linked to the permanent four-wheel-drive, and a full compliment of airbags. Accommodation is superb, and I have carried four passengers and luggage for all of us with no problems on a couple of occassions. The downsides. The handling is not sports car style. Whilst it never feeling a handful, even on high speed bends, it could do with being a bit sharper (perhaps someone knows of an upgrade). Fuel consumption is high, especially when driven hard. I have averaged about 24MPG, although have seen 31 on a steady motorway journey. Finally depreciation would be an issue if one were to buy this car new, mine cost a whopping £34k new in Sept 1999, and I bought it for £21k 21 months later, with just 10,000 miles on the clock. For a fast executive cruiser, with good looks this definitely gets my vote. I'll update with report on the dealer when it has its first service.