Ya, very drastic indeed... During the relocation process, I realized I really need a bigger car. I spend a fair share of my time outdoors cycling, camping and such so that's why I decided on a wagon. With my folks in Chicagoland, I decided on TDI as I will be visting them often. Its too bad that Audi A3 TDI doesn't come in a manual in the US, or else that wouldn't have gone that route.
Anyway, so far no regrets... just miss the power and sound. I'm hopeful in a couple of years, I'll buy a second car dedicated for summer weekend driving and autoX.