The Passat diesel has two great qualities and one big poor one. The gas mileage is fantastic, 38 mpg town and 45 mpg or better highway. The performance is fantastic, it feels like a higher end car, more than what you pay for it. The seats are comfortable. However, the interior stinks! The finish on the handles, and all over, flaked in the first month of use. The interior is not just plastic but cheap plastic and things fall apart without much use. Without power seats the hand cranck brings down the appeal of this high perfomance car. The interior easily marks up and cannot be wiped down. The service has been very good, but there's not much they can do to fix the flaking.
The performance and gas mileage of the diesel is fantastic. My dealership service has been very good. This car handles better than some Mercedes I've driven. The wheel, gas, brake response is so smooth. My daughter loved learning to drive on this car. It is fun to drive.
Upgrade the interior. It flakes all over. Electric seats should be standard. The hand cranks cheapens the experience. The interior conflicts with the great perfomance and brings down the overall experinece. Also, here's an idea: all cars need to add a hook up front for a womans purse to hang from and not fall over.