I won't argue looks... though I think my GTI is beautiful, the rest of the VW line IS pretty lame. I don't particularly like anything that Audi makes. Aside from the nifty headlights, they are uninspiring.
Also, I think your reliability impressions are dated. Both Audi and particularly VW have improved greatly in the past few years. The impression that reliability suddenly tanks after 50/60K is simply because that is when warranty ends and people have to start footing the bill. If it ended and 30K or 100K people would say the same.
Either way, I opted for the 100K as I've had the "pleasure" of maintaining an out of warranty Saab.
Last edited by cifex; 11-30-2009 at 08:50 AM.