I purchased a 4 door Golf TDI with automatic (DSG) transmission in late July (2011).
I've just passed the 2000 mile mark and so far I have been thrilled with the TDI.
I'm 6'5" tall and find the driving position more comfortable than that of my Honda Accord.
There is plenty of room for a family trip, and the rock solid build quality and quiet interior make it a pleasure to drive long distances.
It handles like a go-cart and the diesel torque provides abundant passing power.
To date I am averaging 35mpg in miced City/Hwy driving.
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Fun to drive, Excellent interior materials, Excellent Fuel Economy
Minimal storage space in center console.
Lacks automatic climate control.