2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
I prefer a manual transmission so I had to get the base S model. (No sunroof, No chrome around the side windows) Previous car: Audi A4 Avant Quattro 1.8T. I had to give up AWD and auto climate control :( The Sportwagen build quality is not quite a clean, there is some sub par assembly of a few interior pieces.
After 1 week I'm very happy with the car. Brakes, engine, transmission and clutch/shifting are all strong points. The construction feels solid. Handling good. Suspension good.
4th and 5th gear are tall, lowering the RPMs. The 5 cylinder engine is smooth and up to the task. FYI - It feels like the car has a large flywheel. The engine is slow to rev and decelerate.
Great highway mileage (getting 34mpg)
All windows one touch up/down.
1650 lb towing capacity. (2000 lbs. w/trailer brakes)
Interior lighting operation, including footwell lighting.
Bluetooth integration for phone audio.
Excellent ergonomics - seats and controls are well placed.
Seating controls - perfect mix if electric and manual.
All windows up/down control with exterior key.
Locking glove box.
Low road/engine noise.
IP and interior design.
Underfloor rear storage.
Rear headrests should be easier to remove to facilitate folding the rear seats down (something I do often).
Car settings should allow user to change auto-lock and alarm arming horn options.
Radio needs DAB and separate station skip and preset skip buttons.
Heated Steering wheel.
Larger tinted side mirrors.
Auto climate control option!!
Fog/Cornering lights option.
"grocery bag management".
More dimming of white IP gauges.
Full time powered front 12V socket.