Good and bad. Smooth power, slick shifting, excellent handling, great ride and Audi-level interior design. Unfortunately, insurance is high, rattles and squeaks intrude on an otherwise library-quiet cabin, electonic gadgets are prone to failure. OnStar inoperative from day one. Buggy alarm/central locking system. Wouldnt start at 5,200 mi, was towed. As this is my fourth VW, Im used to the quirks bad electrical systems, squeaks, leaks (like inch-deep puddles in my 02 and that windows iced up on the INSIDE), stereo replacements, windows that fall into the doors, etc. The only question is: can YOU get used to it? Better make sure you have a good dealer. Otherwise, two words: CIVIC Si!
Amazingly smooth driveline, thrilling performance, boy-racer acceleration without the silly styling, easy to fly under cops' radar, quiet cabin, supportive seats, firm but supple ride quality, Lexus-like refinement, loaded with comfort and convenience features at a reasonable price.
Poor reliability, rattles, squeaks, too many trips to the dealership, too many gadgets that fail at the worst possible time. VW seems to have given up on the Mark IV now. Steep insurance rates, poor gas mileage (less than 22 mpg in my experience). Too much body roll, ZERO traction in even light snow.