by new do you mean the new one coming out this year (see auto express) or new as in current??
At least the ones here in the us are made in Germany so better reliablility is expected. The one I was testing was going for $25000, pretty well equipped which is not too bad. I wonder how that compares to European prices...
let me get this clear in my head!
you were driving, the mrs was in the back as was your son, where was the tranny you mentioned? in the front with you or back with family
did he/she also enjoy the car