Overall, this is a fantastic car. The four cylinder feels stronger than a lot of base V6s, especially in the 50-80 mph range. It rides smoothly, yet corners crisply. The 5 speed auto is better than any other I've driven, but being accustomed to a stick, it still seems a bit too twitchy. Especially with the cruise on, it's over eager to downshift. It shouldn't ever have to shift down to 3rd on the freeway in the MidWest. With the cruise off, it seems to shift more conservatively. Shifts are always very smooth. Gas mileage has been a little low, 16-18 mpg city. Hopefully that will improve (only 1500 miles on it now). The ABS brakes are incredible,even in turns, and almost silent.
Great dealer service, good ride quality/performance balance, nice stereo.
Please sell the wagons in the US! Folding down the rear seats presents aconstricted access to the trunk, open itup more. Add roof rack mounts under thedoor seals like VW has. Floor mats needto be a darker color - light tan is stupid.