I don't recommend to buy Volkswagen, every time you need to find out what engine issue is you have to pay $125 and to reset that light to pass inspection you have to fix the problem, any other car company you can reset the light with small issues in Volkswagen you have to pay them. That's my second Volkswagen and I think the last one, I'm tired of those small issues all the time and pay them for even telling me what's the problem.
Great seats for long drives. Excellent lumbar support.
I'd like full power seats, but at least the power seat back adjustment is a great idea.
Mileage: Great. Recent trip: Palm Springs to Oakland: 35.5 mpg. Marin to Ventura counties: 37.5 Ventura to Palm Springs: 39.5 This is not the TDI, so although I'd love the additional power of the turbo, the excellent mileage has compensated for the 2.5.
Bluetooth works well, although I did have to have the dealer pair my phone to it. They were happy to do it and I have to say that VW service has been excellent from VW of Palm Springs.
Adjustable lumbar support for driver seat, with power back adjust.
Storage capacity - the Monster Mat package turns out to be really useful.
I'm a firm believer in no hand held devices while driving, so this is a great feature.
Make the voice directions a bit faster, less lag time before being able to actually instruct the system to connect to a specific contact.
Also, cancelling a call is still a bit confusing.
Offering a good back up camera, not just on top of the line models.
Offering full power seats as an option on all models.
This is less about luxury than about back support, reducing fatigue and pain.
I am really very impressed by the features and value of the base model Sportwagen S. If you are looking for an upscale interior and a large cargo area, there really isn't another vehicle that compares. It is comfortable to sit in, drives very well, and comes equipped with virtually all the features one would look for in a daily driver.
Standard: Heated seats, mirrors, and wiper nozzles.
Power everything, 8 speaker stereo, huge cargo area, decent acceleration, good handling.
The SE model is not as appealing to me.
The seats do not feel like leather, they are hard and you can tell they are vinyl.
The upgraded stereo is nice, and so are the wheels, but it just does not seem like a nice enough package to warrant the upgrade $$.
Also, I test drove a couple of these, and they all have a very strange, almost delayed throttle response with the automatic.
Edmunds also noted this.
No USB port?
There was one manual S available in all of Southern California when I was in the market. While I loved the response of the TD, I just couldn't justify the additional $5-10K. Plus, I live in the desert, so I really don't have any desire for a sunroof.
This car replaces a 2009 Subaru Forester, a reliable yet gas guzzling AWD, with no power & awful seats.
I don't regret not spending the extra $ for the diesel because I'm consistently getting 33-35 mpg/hwy, 26-28mpg/city. I drive 60/40 hwy/city.
After 5 months, with 5K miles, I'm thoroughly enjoying this car. Though this is as basic a Sportwagen as one could probably find, I got a lot of car for a very reasonable price.
What I like/love about this car:
Very good MPG.
Great VW Seats: Fit, lumbar support, power recline even on an S model.
The power recline is a good feature.
I don't move my seat back and forth much so the manual feature on that and the seat height is fine.
But I do adjust the recline on long trips because it helps relieve pressure on my lower back.
Gearbox and clutch throw.
Both very good.
Shifting is quick and quiet.
Turning radius is tight and cornering is excellent.
Interior design is very nice, with good space planning, materials, and fit and finishing.
Cargo space is great. This car came with the lego like cargo holders and the monster mats.
The rear mat is great with my dogs.
Climate control system could use some refinement.
It seems to take a while for the AC to really kick in.
I live in the desert, so this is rather important.
Also, the adjustments, while rather basic, could be better marked.
I'd like to see more options available, such as a rearview mirror with Homelink and compass.
I prefer a manual transmission so I had to get the base S model. (No sunroof, No chrome around the side windows) Previous car: Audi A4 Avant Quattro 1.8T. I had to give up AWD and auto climate control :( The Sportwagen build quality is not quite a clean, there is some sub par assembly of a few interior pieces.
After 1 week I'm very happy with the car. Brakes, engine, transmission and clutch/shifting are all strong points. The construction feels solid. Handling good. Suspension good.
4th and 5th gear are tall, lowering the RPMs. The 5 cylinder engine is smooth and up to the task. FYI - It feels like the car has a large flywheel. The engine is slow to rev and decelerate.
Great highway mileage (getting 34mpg)
All windows one touch up/down.
1650 lb towing capacity. (2000 lbs. w/trailer brakes)
Interior lighting operation, including footwell lighting.
Bluetooth integration for phone audio.
Excellent ergonomics - seats and controls are well placed.
Seating controls - perfect mix if electric and manual.
All windows up/down control with exterior key.
Locking glove box.
Low road/engine noise.
IP and interior design.
Underfloor rear storage.
Rear headrests should be easier to remove to facilitate folding the rear seats down (something I do often).
Car settings should allow user to change auto-lock and alarm arming horn options.
Radio needs DAB and separate station skip and preset skip buttons.
Heated Steering wheel.
Larger tinted side mirrors.
Auto climate control option!!
Fog/Cornering lights option.
"grocery bag management".
More dimming of white IP gauges.
Full time powered front 12V socket.