We bought this as a lease return with about 20k on it. Now has 68,000. Great motor fun to drive with good power for size. Be sure to be close to a repair shop though. I have replaced a bad water pump(plastic?) and timing belt at 40k. 2 sets of front brakes and rotors, one set of rear calipers with rotors. Both cv shafts, lower ball joint, tie rod end. 2 coils and 2 sets of plugs. I will never own a light beige cloth interior, impossible to keep clean, peeling paint inside, plastic trim breaks easily. 3 sets of tires in 68K. Brake booster froze up(fixed under warranty recall). Now the temp gauge is going out. Enough already! No more VW's. Honda/Toyota may be boring but you won't go broke.
1.8T engine has great power for size. Great handling. Great styling.
Reliability need to step up to the level of even a domestic car, my chrysler has had way less problems and has twice the mileage. Interior need to be more durable. Wagons are going to be used to haul stuff(kids/pets) and it just can't take it. Scrap the plastic water pump design, even new is plastic.