This is a nice car. I bought it as a commuting car doing about 250k/d and so far (I have had it only week) it has performed extremely well (as it should). It is remarkably punchy even though I don't flog it (yet) as it needs to be run in yet).
The DSG transmission is very quick indeed, and even though it is -on paper- slower than my previous car (a V70 turbo), this Golf feels much stronger. The DSG -in ordinary drive setting- gets to the tallest gear fairly early and can make it feel a bit laboured (say between 1200-1500 rpm), but will respond with a down shift very eagerly if you push the accelerator pedal.
The seats (leather) have plenty of travel (I am 6'6"), but the sport seats have fairly high side bolstering, and have relatively short under leg support, making them less comfortable than my Volvo's seats.
The car is very quiet in dry weather, but I find the Bridgestones fairly noisy in the wet. I would have much preferred the Continental Sportcontacts, which are great tyres (and quiet).
Fuel economy, the reason I bought a diesel, is not disappointing; 1 liter on average (this is a brand new car, and I have not done a lot of highway kms yet) has yielded 16km, (so mainly city driving). One trip of 250km showed as average fuel consumption of 4.5L/100k!
The steering wheel controls are very effective, and informative and quite useful, such as trip time, trip distance, average fuel consumption etc, all through a scroll down menu from the steering wheel controls.
The stock standard radio is very impressive and very easy to use with good adjustability. Radio reception has not been a issue. I haven't had the chance yet of using the iPod integration as yet. You will need a separate $700 AUD blue tooth integration in order to use your phone through the steering wheel controls.
The sunroof has a fair bit of buffeting at full opening at speeds between 50-80kph, but easily adjustable.
The sunroof position knob is awkward. There is no clear indication to say the roof is closed. This I feel needs improvement. I guess you will get used to it, but I have left my roof open a little on one occasion.
The car seems very stable, and tracks extremely well, with good suspension control, even though I have the standard suspension (not sport).
Happy with the interior, although there are still some hard plastics about.
The automatic wipers are not as accurate as on my 330Ci from 2001, and can be a little annoying as they wipe an almost dry window.
The auto dimming rear vision mirror is a handy feature.
A little disappointed the external rear vision mirrors don't fold, seen as this is a European car. They do have heating, which is pretty useless in Australia.
All up a very good car -so far- and the diesel engine is so much fun to drive.
I also like the looks compared with the Mark V Golf.
The extra cost for the leather seats ($3000) is stupid really, and disappointingly doesn't come with electric adjustment (but does include electric lumbar support and heating).