No reason the heritage should not be kept alive.

And for W I W my '72 Colt get 44mpg and is RWD fun. Not nearly as quiet as your Jetta though.

Cheers, Charlie
If It ain't broke, Modify it!
87 Montero turbo Converted back in Spring1989
95 Montero SR 3.8 DOHC Only one?
93 Pajero 3 door 6G75 Mivec with paddle shifted 5 speed
Then a Gen2 SR with full coil independent suspension.