We were very happy with this vehicle until we noticed it rusting on the passenger door on the drivers side. The rust is on the metal support forward of the window. It seems to start where the column enters the door and is creeping up the column. We took it to VW. They took pictures and sent them to their engineers. Their engineers say it is the result of a scratch. The engineer never looked at the vehicle. They looked at pictures. There is no evidence of a scratch. The estimated cost of repair is 250 dollars on a car that cost us 29,000 dollars... rusting in less than three years... this is no way to treat a customer. VW corporate is not client friendly.
diesel engine, panoramic sunroof, fuel economy
produce a vehicle that doesn't rust within three years of purchase. Stand behind your product.
It is as other reviewers say, the car is a pleasure to drive. Road handling and braking feel very good. The interior details have good fitment and visual appeal. Controls are simple and uncluttered. Another reviewer says he chose the top end with Nav (which is actually a step down on radio/entertainment features, be aware of that) somewhat because it is combined with keyless entry/start, and I was motivated that way as well. Diesel MPG exceeds expectations. Note: stowing rear seat cushions to get a flat cargo space has a feeling of flimsiness about it, and required removal of rear headrests for this operation is a very inconvenient procedure.
Interior and exterior appearance, excellent TDI mileage, superior fitment and materials in most respects.
Stowing rear seats is a cringeworthy affair and should be improved. Offer keyless entry/start outside the top model.
Updating my May 2013 review
Great seats for long drives.
Excellent lumbar support.
I'd like full power seats, but at least the power seat back adjustment is a great idea.
Palm Springs to Oakland:
Marin to Ventura counties:
Ventura to Palm Springs: 39.5
This is not the TDI, so although I'd love the additional power of the turbo, the excellent mileage has compensated for the 2.5.
Bluetooth works well, although I did have to have the dealer pair my phone to it.
They were happy to do it and I have to say that VW service has been excellent from VW of Palm Springs.
Adjustable lumbar support for driver seat, with power back adjust.
Storage capacity - the Monster Mat package turns out to be really useful.
I'm a firm believer in no hand held devices while driving, so this is a great feature.
Make the voice directions a bit faster, less lag time before being able to actually instruct the system to connect to a specific contact.
Also, cancelling a call is still a bit confusing.
Offering a good back up camera, not just on top of the line models.
Offering full power seats as an option on all models.
This is less about luxury than about back support, reducing fatigue and pain.
I am really very impressed by the features and value of the base model Sportwagen S.
If you are looking for an upscale interior and a large cargo area, there really isn't another vehicle that compares.
It is comfortable to sit in, drives very well, and comes equipped with virtually all the features one would look for in a daily driver.
Standard: Heated seats, mirrors, and wiper nozzles.
Power everything, 8 speaker stereo, huge cargo area, decent acceleration, good handling.
The SE model is not as appealing to me.
The seats do not feel like leather, they are hard and you can tell they are vinyl.
The upgraded stereo is nice, and so are the wheels, but it just does not seem like a nice enough package to warrant the upgrade $$.
Also, I test drove a couple of these, and they all have a very strange, almost delayed throttle response with the automatic.
Edmunds also noted this.
No USB port?
Drove from Orlando to Philadelphia on just 2 fuel stops. average 41.8 MPG.
Passed many a hybrid "conserving" fuel.
TDI gives plenty of pep for passing and having the "manual mode" helps when pulling hills or overtaking.
Fits our 3 person family just fine with even a large 2 seat Burly bike stroller in the back.
We chose this over an Outback due to fuel savings.
It also beat the Focus hatchback due to cargo capacity.
The Focus did not pass the stroller fit test.
Dash is simple to use ..controls on the steering wheel are easy to adjust to.
Blue tooth is exceptional...
Have over 11 k in just 6 mo.
Couldn't be happier
Simplicity, with modern features.
TDI buyers are not looking for all the frills and power everything we just want to get from a to b in a reliable, economical car.
I wish the cross bars were integrated like the Subaru.