This is the first wagon I've owned after
over 20 years of driving Japanese
sedans. Many years ago,
a station wagon purchase was unthinkable
because of the image; now, the
requirements of job and family make it
necessary. But who'd have thought that
this would be one of the most enjoyable
vehicles I've ever driven? It's fast,
extremely stylish, the interior has
loads of helpful automation, and drives
so beautifully that even my practical
wife ditches her Toyota Sienna and
sneaks out with the VW when I'm not
driving it. And though I've never
associated wagons with a stylish
exterior look, I'm surprised at how many
strangers have made favorable comments.
Overall driveability (smooth and
luxurious at slow speeds, zippy and
comfortable at high speeds), dashboard
lights and controls, internal and
external aesthetics are top notch. Rear
passenger room and trunk space compare
very favorably to other vans I evaluated.
Massive gap between feature sets for
basic and high end wagons -- I put out
the extra for the GLX, and as much as I
love leather seats, sunroof and other
amenities, I didn't need it all and
wished I didn't have to pay for it all.
But those craving 6 cylinders and AWD
have no choice.