Alright chaps, this has probably been covered loads of time before, but ASN's search engine won't let me search 1.9 or 2.5, so I may aswell ask you directly.
I'm looking at both as a replacement for my B5 Passat TDI 115PD, found one of each for similar money, age and mileage, the 2.5 has a few more toys, the 1.9 has less toys, but is a Sport model with half leather seats and in the colour I was after.
I'm very familiar with the 1.9 unit, but not so clued up with the 2.5. My Passat has done me proud in 10 years and just over 100k miles, with the ODO now sitting at 186k and still running well, bar a boost leak which started last week!
I don't really need a rocketship, I have an S3 for my speed thrills, but having some poke is better than none. I need it to carry around 200kg of stock/load twice a week, never struggle with my Passat.
I do wonder if I will miss the few inches of leg room and boot space I get with the Passat? But it's either get an A4 Avant or a Toyota Rav4 for the missus....