I've had the car 3 years now without any trouble, our second VW (we also have a Beetle). The cargo capacity is terrific, the handling is smooth, the mileage is very good. Overall a great car for the price. One note: VWs do burn oil so I check the level about every 6 weeks or so.
Power Moonroof, front cup holders, ability to close windows and moonroof with key in the door after engine is off, cargo capacity, split seat, side airbags/overall safety features.
This car is smaller in leg room than the Passat. If you are tall and need the leg room, best to pay up. Location of front cup holder is not ideal - it blocks access/view to the radio.