I've driven 8 beaters in my life (trucks and cars) then a 2008 BMW 335i and then this Golf 2.5 gas, manual, 3DR hatch and this car is a solid 4.5/5.
I dont write reviews but this car is so good I had to. I've owned for 2 years and it has 40k miles on it.
The engine, interior, and styling make this car.
Gas mileage is incredible even above sticker, I consistently get 31 mpg mixed use and I drive it hard.
This car is a great value cause the comparable honda or subaru is $3-5k more.
You may have costly repairs or quirky electronic issues at the 8 year/100k mark but you saved that money in the front end.
Incredible gas mileage (I drive it hard and get 31 mixed use).
The I5 2.5L is a beast.
I can be lazy and make turns in 3rd and lug right out from 800 rpm
or burn onto highways at 65mph still in second.
Interior is great with great sound system.
Bluetooth works well.
Roomy in back for adults.
the 60/40 rear seats enables me to pack it with outdoor gear and x3 adults into the mountains of CO with no issues.
Great field of vision with minimal blind spots.
-The clutch travel is extremely long and I've driven box trucks to F150s with less clutch travel.
the extreme travel can create knee and ankle fatigue.
I havent asked dealer if there are adjustments yet.
-steering is loose.
it isnt horrible, but the new electric steering motors in all new cars gives diminishes road feel.
-Car is pretty bad in the snow without snow tires.
I've lived in the NE and CO with plenty of experience.
Light weight and loose steering makes it difficult to drive in snow without snow tires.
-Paint chips easily, I think there is a recall for it.
These minor flaws cannot compare to the positives.
It's a sick car.