I'm a car nut and I proclaim this THE PERFECT CAR!!
The TDI motor #1 is why I love this car.
I can drive 600 miles on a single tank, consistent 35-43 MPG at normal speeds.
I don't baby my car, I like to have fun while I drive and yet it still gets 35+ mpg.
On a weekend road trip it got 43mpg at 80mph.
#2 is the Wagon and roof rack.
A recent road trip to Steamboat Springs my wife and I had 2 road bikes inside and 2 mtn bikes on the rack plus gear.
#3 This car is proof that selling my truck that was costing $300+/month gas was the right decision. I enjoy driving it more, it cut my gas usage by 1/3, and it's plenty flexible to transport cargo and toys.
-TDI motor and 6 speed manual are a great match...I love having a manual transmission...so much fun!
-The huge panoramic sunroof is awesome, kids love it!
-Good sound system with iPod, MP3, and SD card.
-Fun to Drive!!
-Wagon is super flexible for cargo and toys
-Roof rack is strong and easy to attach racks to
-Interior styling is very attractive
-It's literally THE PERFECT CAR
Fix the mini-van looking rear end, it's too bubbly for my taste, but not terrible.
Better blue-tooth, it's missing a lot of features, but performs good.
The sunshade on the panoramic sunroof should be more than a sunshade, it should also be a sound barrier to reduce wind noise from using a roof rack system.
It's too easy to stall the motor...kind of weird since it's a diesel and all.
Not available in AWD.
Need additional diesel motor options in the USA
I was looking for a sporty, roomy vehicle that I could easily haul my dog in. The sportwagen has a large cargo area, and the heigth is easy to negotiate for our aging pup.
While shopping around, I convinced myself I had to have a diesel for the torque and the mileage.
Performance is good, not great.
DSG likes to keep the revs low, so you need some planning and patience for the wave to arrive. Sometimes the wave is there, sometimes you wait.
Averaging 38mpg over 9K miles.
It takes a good 10 miles to get the mileage reading into the 30's, so not sure how it would do if you only take short trips. Probably not good.
TDI Gas mileage
Nice looking inside and out
Good performance per gallon factor
Nice touchscreen audio system
Heated seats work very well
Lots of Cargo space
Hard to tell its a diesel, quiet, no smoke, no warmup time for glow plugs.
Need HID headlights as an option
Need foglights as an option
DSG downshifts when coasting and braking.
Push the gas pedal,
count to two.
Needs paddle shifters
Could use more storage cubbies.
Purchased the car in April and have just over 14,000 miles on it.
Always averaging 42 mpg.
Love everything about the car.
If I have an issue it would be somewhat jerky in town driving like it is searching for the right gear.
Mine is an automatic so I can always downshift it to increase the RPMs.
Snow season will soon be coming and I hope winter traction is good.
First thing you must do is Google HPFP failure. It is happening to all 2010 and newer models with the CR injection system. Mine died on the road at 23,000 mi and had a horrible time threatening VW of America and the delearship to fix under warranty. All the dealers are giving the same story to owners that face the "flashing lights of death" on ther dashboard that they are to blame for putting gasoline in their engines instead of diesel. This is a lie not to honor an engineering defect.
Handling, acceleration, comfort
VW America must re-engineer the fuel system to comply with ULSD in the U.S. otherwise this issue will continue.
Fun to drive on the twisties. Not Mini Cooper S fun, but good enough for a wagon.
MPG so far is in the 40s.
Has adequate power in the mountains , and plenty of power for passing and merging into highway traffic.
It was hard to keep the RPMs low during the 1000 mi break in period.