1999 B5 platform 1.9L TDI SE 110bhp. 132,000miles, FSH, MOT just done this week (cambelt and fuel hose done), full service due soon.
On-board computer which tells me everything (even when to stop for a rest!), air-con, real-time mpg, temp, electric everything!! This might sound normal but driving an '98 hatchback (i.e. engine, some gears, some metal, and some cloth) to this is like controlling a spacecraft! Mind you this is '99, 14years old, but it's still comparable, if not more advanced, than today's mediocre cars!
Boot is perhaps not as big as I expected (big wheel arches) but plenty space to lie down (and rear seats fold down flat!), which is one of the main reasons I wanted a van or estate. Passat definitely has a bigger boot space. Putting a 6'0" board by the rear seat was bit tricky, I instantly noticed that the roof was much lower than my Rover. So I had to take the headrests from the rear seats (improves rear view a lot!). Alternatively, I can fold down the double seat on driver's side to simply slide the short board from the boot.
As with my long board, I don't have to fold down all seat (like I had to with my Rover) to put 9'0" through passenger side seat (reclined) and foot space, which is brilliant because I can have a passenger at the back seat (behind the driver's seat, only for local drive). Plenty of space for my kits and other stuff, loads of practical pockets everywhere, which is quite convenient.
The build is amazing. So solid, no rattle, no flimsy bodge job trims, everything is structured well. Drive is powerful (never drove anything bigger than 1.4L let alone turbo) yet very comfortable. I never dreamed of going any faster than 65mph (Rover usually starts to scream and rattle), but with this I'm easily going 70mph without feeling like it's doing around 50mph.
I think I'll be with this car for quite a long time. Yes, it's 14y.o. car so it's not perfect, I need to DIY repair rear washer, LCD display pixel, and few cosmetic stuff but all in all, definitely a very well kept condition for its age.
Thanks again for all your comments, wouldn't have decided to put my hard earned money on this without all the 2p advice from everyone. Very much appreciated. When you do see a car like the above at a your near-by beach, please don't wax my windscreen...