I purchased this car new for long distance commuting (170 m. one way) and at 3000m it was nearly totaled. The VW dealer put is back together and it has been a great car. It is quick, comfortable economical and reliable. It now has 130,000 miles and is a superb automobile.
Comfort. Combination of comfort, good (not great) handling, good (not great) economy, good (not great) quickness. VW seemed to make all the right compromises in putting together this car.
The dealers, the dealers, the dealers.... Why are VW dealers to worst new car dealers. Great cars, terrible dealerships. Also, I wish the AWD golf that is available in Europe was here. It would prevent me from buying the otherwise much inferior Impreza.