Follow up to review last year. Car is not 2+ years old with 39K Miles. Runs beautifully, with one recall for a switch, one service for a loose A/C condensation hose - both free of charge. Still as tight and sweet as when purchased, and the Perellis are still in great shape. So far, so good!
I've owned mine since June /09. I was skeptical at first - somewhat odd looks, VW reputation for marginal reliability, not all the luxury I really wanted. However on test drive changed that. The 2.0L turbo engine is fantastic - quick, responsive, pulls very hard when you mash the throttle. The 6 speed transmission is mated perfectly to it and is smooth and accurate in shifts. So far, so good. I've got 36K+ miles of mostly highway driving and no breakdowns/strands/failed starts. No maintenance costs either with first 2 years covered. Some trim pieces have broken due to little kiddie fingers.
I would highly recommend this car for anyone looking for an alternative to ridiculously oversized SUV
Without a doubt, the power tailgate is the best feature here. Always a lifesaver when I have my hands full returning from the store. SAT stereo is good, seats excellent for long drives, interior fit and finish is good.
iPOD integration needs improvement - very limited functionality and no charging while plugged in - what??
Have had this '09 since 8/09. It runs flawlessly and is a very enjoyable family sedan. Storage is HUGE, performance is tight and torque is excellent. High end smooth comfortable ride with great control. Most of the benefits of Audi w/o price tag. Great bargains to be had (this one was $5K off sticker). No, not as cheap as a Camry or Honda, but much more style, class and fun to drive. This car is a sleeper and soon to be changed and produced in Mexico - it's a buy.
Fabulous engine, excellent interior and exterior, very thought out, almost predicting drivers needs and wants.
Great features even in base versions.
Stock sound system is OK - multi CD player, 10 speakers.
BUT, not as nice as some systems (Bose for example).
Lacks far rear woofer and speakers in wagon, so kind of boxy sound.
Have had this car for a full 3 months, and it's met or exceeded my expectations. So far no unscheduled trips to the dealership, which is good. Being that this is a "performance" German car, you have to know it will need regular maintenance. The engine is adequate, though not at all inspiring. Does a decent job of moving along when pushed. Int design is very nice. Leatherette works great w/o worry of ruining it with wet beach shorts, sun damage, or regular wear and tear (look at pics of older models and seats still look new). Center tunnel is a tad narrow and would be nice if it were carpeted. I think ext looks nicer than Passat sedan. Audi-esque front grill is great!
CD changer, iPod connection, Sirius. Like the rear hatch up/down buttons. Nice storage bins. Comfy, low maintenance leatherette seats. Sleek style. Black metallic paint. Nice wheels!
Don't like the Tokyo nightclub "blue" radio. Use a cable to link iPod, not awkward direct connection in glove box. Carpet the footwell so more comfy if can't narrow center tunnel. Xenon lights as safety option/std. Upgrade int plastic arm rests/handles. Offer AWD option. Make 5-star rated. Diesel!!
The car is stylish, but unfortunately seems to break down frequently. I have under 30,000 miles and have had the throttle body replaced, throttle body wiring, and steering column replaced. It has left me stranded 5 times. Probably the least reliable car I have ever owned. I'm totally bummed I have a 4 year 60,000 mile lease, it's a horrible car