I, too, was guilty of wondering why you'd posted asking about a Golf but, yes, you're right - this section is open house so to speak
For what it's worth, having looked at all three, a BMW 1 series X-drive won out over the FWD Golf and Audi A3. It's a bit dated in looks but the interior quality and the driving experience are much better.
Look at the boot space carefully regarding the school run - kids seem to need lots of space these days!
Apparently does not affect Touareg:
[moderator note 2-Nov-2015...
The EPA thread has been devolving a bit, and I'd love to hear from more of you. The reason I ask this is to have a broader picture of why folks bought a TDI as opposed to another rig. This is relevant to the settlement in certain ways, as may be clear.
Please RANK the reasons from 1 to whatever...
Oh boy, I love the T-reg so much, so I test drove a Cayenne for a fun. 2 hours later my BMW 325i was replaced with Porsche.
Now I have two tow vehicles. Love the Cayenne so far. 2011 V6 TDI
It almost feels like a T-reg :p