I liked the A3 TDI much more than I thought I would. For your kids, it’s a great car: high mileage, fun to drive, and safe. Also, diesel engines, I hear, last forever.
For yourself, it’s a sleeper. It’s not ostentatious like a BMW, Porsche, or Mercedes, but it’s not fugly like a Prius. It also doesn’t cop an attitude: “Look at me fellow residents of Palo Alto—>I’m so green and politically correct that I drive a hybrid.” You can drive it and know that you’re plenty green without making a public statement, so if you’re secure in your wonderfulness, this is the car for you.
Source: Holy Kaw