My great little car is now worthless. IT'S A Diesel. Waiting for our check. On the car side..for you gassers Great sporty ride.. Oy drawback is visibility..my 2013 did not have a back up camera. Seats became less comfortable on long rides...low profile stock tires (continental ) list air frequently. .switched to Michellins. Loved the car..but moving up to the Volvo XC for space and safety.
If there is a 'have it all' car on the market this is it. -Over 40mpg -32cuft of storage (seats in place!) -Available with manual or DSG -tow over 2k lbs Interior design is fantastic, night driving is a pleasure, dash is very pleasant to look at with the white lights black backdrop. Insurance rates are lower on this car then any hybrids ($200 a yr less then a Prius for me), more then pays for the extra cost of diesel. The navigation system is so-so, but I knew that when I bought it from the test drive. The only reason I still went with the top end nav package is because of the KEYSS system, never need to take the keys out of my pocket is sweet.
I purchased my JSW TDI last October (2013 model) and now have 16,000 miles on it. First diesel and first VW owned. Build quality and reliability thus far has been impeccable. Not a single rattle. There is also a distinct solidness to everything...the sound of the doors when shut, the firmness of all switches/ buttons and so on. Everything has the feel/ quality of a much higher priced European vehicle. Room? I cross-shopped against small to medium sized SUV's and other wagons (Subaru, Acura, Prius V) and the JSW offers more useable cargo space than any of the rivals, all while offering drive-ability and road feel not too far off from a sports car.
2013 VW JSW TDI 6M - - - - White with Cornsilk interior. Lots of room. Sturdy VTEX (that's VW for leatherette) interior. Has a clutch, six speed manual shift transmission and the top three gears are overdrives................. Fuel economy for 46,000+ miles (per Fuelly.com) is 44.3MPG Steering, braking and shifting very easy. With 236 lb/feet of torque from 1750 to 2200 RPM acceleration is OK too With rear seats folded forward, the cargo capacity is huge. ......about 66 cubic feet. Altho' the electronic compass was delivered read ing S when heading N, the very capable dealership in California's capital provided a quick fix. There have been zero defects affecting mobility. As of this update, there has been one repair (covered under factory 3 year/36,000 warranty): EGR/intercooler split seal. At 49463 miles, i have decided to accept VW's buyback offer. No further updates may be expected forthwith
It is as other reviewers say, the car is a pleasure to drive. Road handling and braking feel very good. The interior details have good fitment and visual appeal. Controls are simple and uncluttered. Another reviewer says he chose the top end with Nav (which is actually a step down on radio/entertainment features, be aware of that) somewhat because it is combined with keyless entry/start, and I was motivated that way as well. Diesel MPG exceeds expectations. Note: stowing rear seat cushions to get a flat cargo space has a feeling of flimsiness about it, and required removal of rear headrests for this operation is a very inconvenient procedure.