Bought this VW used w/14k miles on it.That low mileage should have made the alarm go off, but I "assumed" the low mpg rating was the reason for the early trade-in.The first item was an engine hesitation from a cold start.Three trips to the dealer and a power pack was finally replaced. Then the first time I needed the AWD to get thru some snow/ice for work, the alternator went out (23K miles).Of course VW doesn't have repair parts in the US, so I had to wait 10 days for the alternator (actually a generator) to be shipped from Germany. I was given a rental car (Toyota Corolla) to drive. I guess they wanted to make sure I could get back to the dealer's. And I replaced the tires at 21K.
HID headlights,Push-button Rear hatch open/close, Handling/ride when it runs
Electrical components, Spin-on oil filter instead of using a filter housing with a plug in the bottom, an alternator instead of a generator (no brushes on alternator). The Japanese engineers can kick German engineers butts.