Even with the current panic around #Dieselgate, I am still a firm believer in the value offered by the modern TDI equipped Volkswagen. Sure, they will lose a few MPG and HP after the dealer flash, but the basic torquey turbo 4-banger and solid chassis is still the same.
The power under the hood is a 2.0 liter turbocharged, common rail injected TDI inline-4 diesel that is rated at 138 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque. This is the vehicle that is currently being skewered in the media, because the calibration is biased toward good smog results during the EPA test and good fuel economy/torque/power when not. Cheating aside, it is a great engine and works well with VW's slick "direct shift gearbox" (DSG) or an available 6-spd manual.