2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI S w/ Sunroof

This is the Volkswagen Golf: The seventh generation.

This is the Volkswagen Golf:

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The seventh generation.

A major modification is on its way.

But if you’re looking for a good, solid car, you probably don’t want to wait a year or two because this is, well, a good, solid car.

The model in question is not the GTI, nor is it the R. It is a car meant to get groceries, not moving violations. It has a powered sunroof but if you’re getting glare in your rearview mirror it is going to be taken care of by flipping a lever on the bottom of the mirror, it isn’t going to happen automatically. It has a rear camera, but if you want to open the hatch, then you’ve got to lift the hatch, not hit a button. It has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and, brake lever and shift knob, but it has cloth seats. It has Apple CarPlay, but know that unless you have tiny, tiny hands, once you manage to reach into the bin that’s partially blocked by the gear shift lever and plug the USB cord into the receptacle, you’re going to want to leave it there because it is really difficult to remove.

Here’s something that you should take into account vis-à-vis this car: According to Kelley Blue Book, “The Trusted Resource®,” the average transaction price—as in the amount of money that people actually spend after arm wrestling salespeople and getting their share of whatever bonuses, rebates and other cash-on-the-hood available to them—in October 2016 was $34,663.

The sticker price on the Golf TSI S w/Sunroof, which was equipped with no options, including a $820 destination charge, is $23,445.

That’s $23,445 before anything the dealer might be inclined to do for you, and given VW’s unfortunate situation, the inclination might be strong to sweeten the proverbial deal.

But let’s think about that different of $11,218 between the average transaction price and the sticker price on this car.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, on October 31, 2016 the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. was $2.23 a gallon.

That means that you could buy 5,030 gallons of gas for your Golf TSI S w/Sunroof with the money you’d save by not spending the average.

Which, in turn means that, based on the combined city/highway fuel economy rating for the car, you could drive 145,870 miles with the $11,218 you’re saving.

Which means that given the average diameter of the Earth, 7,917.5 miles, you could drive your Golf around the planet 18.4 times on that fuel.

(Know, however, that the limited warranty is three years, 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and the powertrain warranty is five years, 60,000 miles, whichever comes first, so. . . .)

Now some of you might think that looking at the numbers like that is just silly.

But think about it: regular people buy regular cars because they’re doing regular driving. This means not driving like they’re carving up the Nurburgring Nordschleife. It means driving to soccer practice and Costco, picking up the kids from school and dinner from Panera.

I don’t think that anyone is going to drive a Golf of any type 145,884 miles (although I just checked the Guinness World Record site and see that on May 1, 2014 Irvin Gordon hit 3,039,122 miles on his 1966 Volvo 1800S, and he drives an average 140,000 miles per year).

But if someone is looking for some good transportation, the Golf TSI S w/Sunroof (which, by the way, I never opened) could be the ticket.

Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged four, 170 hp// Transmission: Six-speed automatic//Seating: 5//Passenger volume: 93.5 cu. ft.//Cargo volume: 22.8 cu. ft. // Fuel economy: 25/36/29 city/highway/combined mpg