We were looking for a replacement for our Volvo XC70. Wanted something not quite as large, but with lots of utility and better fuel economy. The Jetta TDI Sportwagon is the ideal size vehicle for us...room for our dog with the rear seats up and some hauling from time to time. Many crossovers don't have the room this VW Sportwagen does. But the real deal is the TDI engine. Our first trip was across Washington state and back when the car was new. Got 43 MPG overall and its getting better. The new automatic is so smooth you can only tell the shift points by looking at the tach. The seating positions are very comfortable for a long trip and the car is quiet with little road noise.
The sunroof is great. And lots of storage compartments. And the safety ratings are high. Again, the TDI engine is really something. Lots of torque at low end for off the line acceleration.
VW should consider making available as options for the TDI Sportwagen model features found on the SEL model - leather, a zoned heating/cooling system, Homelink, power drivers seat, etc.