Bought the TDI Sportswagen manual trans because it was a good looking little car with nice styling and good fuel mileage. Car can't stay out of the shop! In the first 25 days of owning it has been back twice for multi-day stays in the dealership service dept. Dealer is trying hard but the car has mechanical problems. VW just isn't building reliable cars. Spent good money and didn't get good quality.
Controls layed out nicely, fuel mileage great. Mirrors decent, headlights good. I cannot recommend this car to a friend.
Reliability poor. Questionable value due to mechanical malfunctions. Cup holder in center console too small and too close to parking brake. Work on reliability issues.