Through a series of fortunate events, I am now the excited owner of a new diesel VW Jetta. It's Galactic Blue with a gray interior. I took possession of it with 14.5 miles on the odometer. Thanks to the diesel engine, it gets over 38/city 46/highway miles to the gallon. The handling and shifting are very nice, which you could probably attribute to German automotive engineering.
On the downside, while German automotive engineering is excellent, German cupholder engineering still needs a little work: there are 3 cupholders for 5 people.