Technology Package ($3,350 -- includes navigation system with 30GB hard drive, multifunction color display and rearview camera with park distance control); Technology Plus Package ($2,000 -- includes keyless entry/ignition and 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system); Trailer Hitch ($500)
2,967cc (181 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
221 @ 3,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
407 @ 1,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I=4.15; II=2.37; III=1.56; IV=1.16; V=0.86; VI=0.69; Final Drive=4.56; Transfer Case (High)=1.00; Transfer Case (Low)=2.66.
Surprisingly, this VW doesn't mind pedal overlap, and it responds very well to brake torque. Best run was in manual gate where it auto-upshifted at redline. Shifts are exceptionally smooth, but rather slow. Much quieter than I imagined it would be; faster, too.
Inconsistent distances. I believe that was due to all-season tires hunting for traction, especially from 60 mph to 40 mph. From 40-0 it feels planted and powerful. Some bobbing/diving though.
Skid pad: Stability control isn't really off. When "off," the stability control chops the throttle (doesn't use brakes). Light, numb steering, but it holds a line very well. Slalom: Some steering delay-gain but more responsive than I had predicted. Steering is light but precise and body motions keep up in the transitions. Overall, quite athletic for a big SUV. Stability control doesn't help; it just throws the anchor after second transition.