^secret: no kids, budget is as posted in 1st post, and i looked at the tdi but is just too expensive for one with navi. and you right i want more in economy but still fun to drive.
at the current rate, by lease end i will be in deep for $3k at discounted .1 per mile. instead of spending 3k on miles i would rather put it on a car and have a commuter.
my next car is an m3 and i don't want to use it as a daily. so in the end, i do want a commuter car and it will save me a lot of money in gas alone.