Originally Posted by wildeye
Come on, we all know that in the end it will be a Hyundai. ;)
Yes, why no Sonata?
Well, back on Passat or Fusion IMO none of them would be a bad choice, it does apear to me that at least in Europe, VWs have greatly improved in terms of "little nigles", that were usually annoying, and apart from the super small 1.2 and 1.4 TSI engines (which, apart from the 1.4 in the Jetta Hybrid) aren't sold anyway, the drivetrains also seem rather improved compared to say 10 years ago (generally, the Golf V/VI platform is regarded as a huge improvement in terms of reliability and durability). So, if you chose a Passat, those annoying little things shouldn't be that many, I guess, especially given the general platform and engines have been around for quite a while, and many things have been ironed out (I own a Eos, trouble free (that model!), and two later company Golf Mk. VI also working well without problems, though both were just on a short term lease, so no long time experience).
Being related to the current outgoing Euro Mondeo a lot, the Fusion should also be trouble free, ususally only things that can be a problem are the smaller 1,6 Diesels (again, no problem in the US ;-)), and some early corrosion on exhausts and some minor parts (but probably after 4,5 years), again nothing that should trouble someone going for a 2-3 years lease. We do have a lot of Mondeos as company car where I work, and no one seems to have serious trouble, even though some have pilled up 300k and more km in a 3-4 years run. Usually only complain is that the interior is not "as nice as in a VW". A few scratchier surfaces, and the usual brittle Ford door trim, but again, nothing you wouldn't already see when you buy it.