My second VW (had a W8 wagon last) has given no problems. In New Zealand this car is $45k cheaper than than the 3.0D Audi and comes with all the extras I need.
The ESP allows a little four wheel drift fun when seriously provoked but always feels completely in control.
Normally driven by my wife with three kids seats in the back it runs around town but still overtakes most anything on the open road in less than 100m
The best seats in any car I have driven (incl $500k Merc and Porche).
Twin clutch transmission allows perfect launch everytime while the initial and predictable understeer and the grip of all wheel drive and power of excellent brakes (32m for the 100km/hr to 0km/hr stop) makes it one of the safest cars available, it also has all the airbags and crumple zones should it ever crash.
Cheaper to service than my Toyota Hilux.
The faux alloy on the dash can reflect sun into the drivers eyes
17,000 miles now, and going in for the fifth time in an attempt to fix the severe hesitation from a complete stop. The rest of the car is great, but the way the transmission works drives me crazy and ruins the whole experience. It's potentially a very dangerous issue if it decides to act up when pulling out into traffic.
Engine performance combined with fuel economy is great.
Even though it would hurt fuel economy, please please please ditch the DSG.
It's not ready for prime time.
Actually purchased this car via internet-telephone...the dealer was low pressure. The salesman was well versed in the car's features and professional. Would definitely buy another VW, this is my third and while the first one had it's quirks the last two have been a dream.
Bluetooth, Navigation & Heated Seats!
Fix the lag on the turbo, otherwise no complaints.
Fuel pump failed in 700 miles. According to VW website, with Navigation option, park distance control is included. Mine came without, when questioned dealer he would look into it. Result was you bought it. Called VW customer care and they say buyer beware. They point me to terms and conditions and read liberally they can lie and you have no recourse. Car is not built according to website. Buyer beware
Great build and quality with exceptional gas mileage, within first 3,000 miles have 650 miles trip with best result of 30 mpg. Power is exceptional for a 4 cylinder and turbo, interior is very quiet and ride quality little too soft in my own opinion, highway speed the steering response turns to ultra sensitive - "great feel". Quality made with incredible savings on gasoline usage but calls for premium fuel. Have consistently gotten 400 miles from full tank of gas with 50/50 town/highway driving. Wagon is versatile with great looks; adequate amount of room for hauling with family of 4. Turbo lag noticeable but once whines up, power rival a V6 - makes it very fun to drive, cruises GREAT!!
Turbo kicks in and see cars in rear- view getting farther behind, a 4- banger with V6 guts. Smooth quiet ride and strong top end - cruises flawlessly at 90 mpg as if it is 50 mpg - strongly recommend abiding with local speed limits as you will easily drive faster than posted as ride is silky smooth!
VW correct the speedometer PLEASE!, while cruising @ 70 MPG on car speedo, the GPS read 67 mpg. Checked using another GPS and got the same result. Strange finding that speedo may be reading faster than actual speed. Own finding is that on avg, car speedometer read 2.3 mph fast than actual.