I've enjoyed this car from the first time I drove it. I picked it up used. The previous owner put 18's and dropped it about an inch. Low but not too low. Drives nice. Good power getting on the highway, passing, easily cruise at 80+. Controls are easy and intuitive. You can do everything but brake from the steering wheel! You can change from radio to cd to aux from the wheel! You can speed up and slow down, from the wheel! You can turn on wipers, check fuel, driving range, real time mpg, direction, from the freakin' wheel! The seats are super comfortable. I'm 6' and I have tons of room.
The paddle shifters can be fun to use. Used properly, really fun to use.
This is a keeper!
Power. Maneuverability. Brakes. Seats. Sound System. The back seats are comfortable. They fold split, so it is super easy to load. The drive with a load is good, too. Jack and spare are easily accessed. There is space for after market electronics (Sirius, cd changer, sub woofer, etc). Back seat flips up for a little more storage. That's how I know that the previous owner had little kids, girls. Picked up the seats to find glitter, m&m's, doll parts. Other than that, it looks like they took good care of it.
How do so many leaves find their way under the hood? They clog up the sunroof drains and create rust problems.
Brushed silver on the dash looks great at night, but during the day the reflection is blinding. Mine now sports faux carbon fiber.
The auto lift gate doesn't work.
Have driven VW for decades and this one is no different when it comes to small things needing repair, mostly under warranty. Engine strong, gas mileage consistently exceeds EPA. With Good Year Assurance Comfort tires ride is quiet and smooth though not as sharp as stock. Fully loaded and air-condition running can easily achieve 32-34 mpg at 75mph+. Also fully loaded car doesn't seem to bog down due to turbo torque even going up hills. My son now drives the car but every time I get back in and drive it I smile. Wish they still made a wagon.
Still discovering features on the car. Spend time to learn them all.
I just bought this car, with 133,000 miles on it.
This one was very clean inside and out, and all options worked on it.
At 135,000 miles I changed the timing belt
and changed oil with synthetic as recommended.
I am exclusively using premium gas.
Overall, very happy with it. Super smooth and respectably fast on highway.
Very comfy & attractive interior. I am prepared to spend a little more for maintenance than my Japanese cars, but feel it is worth it as the overall build quality is much nicer.
Again, bought it with high mileage, but it drives great.
Comfy & toasty leather seats.
2.0 Turbo feels like an electric motor - quiet, smooth, amazing torque.
It feels like a Benz or a BMW, without the price tag.
Common problem with heater door behind dash.
A little more expensive than average to maintain.
Otherwise, no real complaints - excellent vehicle.
Purchased new in December 2007. Just got my 30000 check. The dealer changes the oil every 5000 miles no usage between changes, no brake problems, in fact the only problem so far was the radio had to be replaced. Completely satisfied with the car except for needing premium fuel. On trips I get 32-33 mpg.
I like the convenience the wagon offers, easier to access than a trunk.
Would prefer the shifter not on the center console. This would make accessing the cup holders easier and give a larger center storage area. Also I would like to be able to disable the manual speed shift feature. I have bumped the tabs causing manual shifting when I did not want any.
Focuses on differences with 2001-2005 model: Pluses: - Better handling, more handsome car overall -Great engine, quieter at high rpms -interior design, controls improved with few minuses mode" and wheel controls. -good overall size for a 4 people, cargo room on par with many SUVs -sophisticated 6sp auto with "sport mode Minuses: -Cheap "Golf/Jetta" platform has no sophisticated suspension from old A4,car bounces up and down with wider 16/18" tires -much louder at highway speed then the old model -driving position is less comfortable (higher chair position) -unrefined truck like idle engine sound -some cheaper interiors and controls -less fun to drive, lots of electronics -no manual brake
Better engine Better sterling
Fix suspension -to many vibrations and jumps get into cabin Make the car more quiet certain controls feel cheap, like the shifter