I purchased the 5 speed GLS TDI wagon after loads of research on reliability, durability and fuel economy. I wanted the wagon for extra cargo, plants, mulch bags, etc. A "compact" wagon, has design compromises, like back seat leg room. The Passat wagon is larger, but I like a small wagon. This little guy is made in Germany & it shows in fit & finish, saftey, performance and diesel technology. I'm having loads of fun driving it. It looks like a SUV, not as tall. So far, not a single defect. The exterior and interior are flawless & the ride is super: handles bumps great, rides quiet and super solid. I think VW only sells 3% TDI's. Best kept secret on the road!!
Pickup off the line is great. I like the diesel purr it makes at low speeds. The noise virtually disapears in 5th gear. The ride is very quiet, but responsive and solid feeling. Steering is tight, just like you'd expect from the Germans. Leather with nice stitching, and moonroof are nice. touches.
Miss the outdoor temperature thermometer that the new Beetle has. Needs a MPG digital guage to track my fuel savings. Looks like VW upgraded the leather to a more durable grade. VW should promote the great diesel technology and economy more. Folks out there have 300 to 400,000 miles on this engine!