Other than the emissions cheating it did everything I wanted (44 + mpg) and it wanted to race every where. All I had to do was step on the fuel pedal and it was outta here in a flash. It was very responsive in every way. Lots of room and just fun to drive. Stereo system was very good - just shy of terrific. I'm looking for a 2015 VW TDI Sportwagen now in really good shape.
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I'm a city-living mom of one who needs a car that can hold a lot of stuff but still fit in a compact parking spot. Also, I'm short. This car was basically designed with me in mind! I can fit all of our camping equipment in it for weekend travel, especially if we add a roof bag, which is easy to put on the roof since it's not an SUV. It's fun to drive, especially with the manual, which is important to me. The city gas mileage isn't all that great, under 25 mpg, but I do a lot of start and stop driving in a hilly city, so that's to be expected I suppose -- but if you were maximizing for that you should get a hybrid. Gas mileage on the highway is great though the tank is pretty small, so you do have to make stops on long road trips. Visibility is great which is key for urban driving with lots of pedestrians. I was originally only planning to keep it a few years, but it's so much fun and works so well for us I think we'll be keeping it long-term.
Love the car but reliability of German brands is slipping. I have owned many cars over my lifetime and have never had engine problem in first year of ownership of brand new car! Only bought this car because previous car a 2013 TDI Jetta sportwagon was cheating on emissions and dealer lied about it having a blue oil additive. Transmission is very aggressive in upshifting into higher gear to get favorable MPG so frequently need to downshift with paddle shifter to have enough torque to pass. So flashing glow plug light on dash board turned out to be a bad fuel injector at 11K miles, which has never gone bad on any other car I've previously had and I usually drive my cars until they die, usually somewhere betw. 20 years to 200,000 miles. Good thing I bought the extended warranty. In Germany, people are very patriotic and will tolerate inferior german cars with all kinds of electrical and mechanical issues. Plus if their car is not working, its almost easier to take train, bike ride etc. Makes me doubt the reliability and longevity of car. I was lucky to be able to make it to dealer bec with only 3 cylinders working, power and acceleration was significantly reduced and barely able to get up to 55-60 miles per hour on highway. Also other brands have 10yr/100,000 mile warranty. Next time will try one of those brands.
I sold my 2010 Jetta Sportswagen S model TDI back to VW under the Diesel Emissions settlement and promptly found a modified 2015 VW Golf Sportswagen SEL model TDI (same car) to replace it. I loved the 2010 reliability, power [torque], cargo capacity, mileage and comfort. Just wanted a newer version of same car. I'm 5'7" 140lbs so car fits me like a glove. Cargo capacity at 67.5 cubic feet is fantastic. I carry a drum set all over Texas with room to spare. I had 2 sets in the car on one trip! Never had a single issue with the 2010 model. OK, the hands free phone integration with the entertainment system was inconsistent. That's the only issue I had with the 2010. For a diesel, acceleration was fine. Of course, I'm not into muscle cars; just the opposite, mileage. And diesel cannot be beat by gasoline. I know VW stupidly tried to embellish emission specs. But I routinely saw other cars belching out more noxious black smoke than my VW diesel ever did. In fact, I never saw any fumes from my VW. Now I have a "repaired" 2015 so that emission issue is closed. The 2015s use AdBlue additive liquid to cleanse diesel emissions like BMW or Mercedes. Overall, I'd say the VW Sportswagen is the best car I've ever owned. That's why I bought 2 in a row!
I bought my Sportwagen diesel 3 weeks before they announced the diesel scam. I got an incredible deal on both my trade in and the new car. I soon found out why. But! This is a great car. Lots of room for kids and dogs. It handles beautifully on the road. Turning is very smooth, unlike anything I've ever felt. Mileage on diesel fuel is outstanding. I average 40 mpg in the city. On the highway however, I get about 50 mpg. My fuel costs have dropped dramatically. I have and paid for "pulse" on the third brake which routinely shows up as broken on my info screen, now I just ignore it. I love this car, it's easy to get in and out of and completely fills my need for a vehicle. I have tossed around the idea of the buyback, but I love this car so much, I can't find anything else I want. I consider myself very luck to have the diesel. Winter in Wisconsin has proven to be no issue for the Diesel engine with the right fuel. So I'm 100% happy with this little wagon!
2/18/18 - After learning more about the diesel scandal - which was 100% intentional, I sold my car back to volkswagen and bought a different car. I will never have a VW again.