The Sting of VW's Slap Across My Well-Moisturized, Euro-Loving Face

In which a cappuccino-sipping media professional loses the smug sense of superiority he once achieved just by driving a Jetta Sportwagen TDI.

A Jetta Sportwagen TDI during the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Photograph: Car Culture/Corbis

So a couple of things about me: I am a Northeast-dwelling, cappuccino-sipping, Whole-Foods-shopping media professional. I am also a lifelong lover of cars. I have reviewed them professionally, on and off, for 15 years. 

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