LOL, dieselgate! Well, you probably wont' be buying a new VW diesel in the near future.
I loved my TDI, except for the subcompact size.
FWIW, I'm getting slightly better mileage in my '16 Malibu hybrid than I was in my MK4 Jetta. Amazing considering the car is bigger, faster, quieter, and doesn't smell as bad.
In looking to replace the Jetta I test drove the Camry/ES, the Fusion Energi, Huyndai/Kia models, and the newer Jetta Hybrid.
So far, I'm thrilled with this car. I loved the Volt and seriously considered one. Only issue was that it was as tiny as my Jetta, which doesn't work for a 6'4" guy (me) and my two 6' tall teenage sons. The Malibu fits the four of us comfortably and drives quietly. It also accelerates nicely. I've had it about a month and 1300 miles.
See my sig for mileage. I regularly commute and was getting 38-40 mpg in the Jetta TDI.
We bought our '11 Golf TDI 6-speed manual as our "trip" car, and it excelled in that capacity...usually returning 52-53mpg while on the road. On our last trip (we're in the Milwaukee area) out to Maine and back through Canada, it got 54.7! Over 6 years and 99,000 miles, its lifetime average is 44.7. Its considerable cargo space is easily accessed, it handles quite well, and it's reasonably quiet. Altogether, an excellent trip companion. But, VW's buy-back offer was too good to pass up, so what do we replace a car that is unique in its capabilities with? The first car I considered was a Jetta Hybrid, but after spending some time on that car's forums, I was afraid of the Jetta's transmission (lots of complaints/trouble). Plus, do I really want to reward VW for taking away the only car I've ever owned that I didn't grow tired of or even come to dislike? No. Since I flat out refuse to consider any of the Asian offerings, we test drove a Malibu Hybrid and were quite impressed. As with our new Volt, there are no transmission worries. The drive train is quite refined, as is the rest of the car. The interior has more people room than we're used to, and it's finished to a much higher standard, too. I'm sure we'll be satisfied with it, as soon as we adjust to the reduced cargo capacity and its comparatively poor headlights. The Golf has self-leveling, steerable H.I.D. high/lows, and fog lights that remain on with the high beams and also function as cornering lights. Those lights will be tough to live without with my aging eyes...