I spent 2 years looking for a good commuter car. I bought the tdi sportwagen last month and it has exceeded expectations. I've been getting 39-45 mpg. My 6'4" husband fits nicely and there's still enough leg room in the back for two boys or not so tall adults. The storage in the back is great. Big enough for an 80 lb dog. Love the way the seats fold flat for transporting larger items.
Great gas mileage. Love the steering wheel controls. The sunroof is fun and the ipod connection works very well. The handling is also very smooth.
The sun visors are lame. Why doesn't the passenger's visor pull out? The driver's visor could also be a little sturdier and pull out further. The back seats are very upright. May not be comfortable for the boys during a long drive.