Coming from an unreliable 07 Passat, I expected this car to be reliable. Not so! As the car heats up, there is this awful mechanical whine/drone coming from the engine. It is a horrible sound and makes driving the car intolerable. That and the stereo crackles in the dashboard and is clearly very flimsy. I'm really disappointed so far. Otherwise, the car handles well, is balanced, has great suspension with good road feel. The EX manual is calibrated as it should be, but the car would benefit from joining the rest of the world by developing a 6 speed manual. Decent performance, not great. My kids love the back seat room, and the interior is open and airy feeling. But this car has me worried.
Lumbar support, ergonomics, steering wheel, steering feel, stereo sound, suspension, fuel economy. Great back seat room. Sunroof is great.
Odd, confused looking exterior. Terrible engine noise, stereo crackles in the dashboard. Give it 6 speeds, for crying out loud.