Great concept, appears well built, but the true quality is near abysmal
DSG dual mass flywheel plate rattling on idle.
Front wheel bearing.
Cruise control will not stay at 70mph or above - it's all over the place. The garage replaced the ECU & throttle body, but still faulty.
DSG gearbox slow to respond and not as quick to change up as all the hype would lead you to believe. Also, when needing to do a quick 3 point turn, there's a 3-4 second delay from changing between reverse & drive (and vice versa). This means it can take an age to actually move off, so a quick maneuver is not possible - normal auto's have a delay sometimes, but not this much.
MPG is much worse than expected - about 25 MPG average if you are lucky. My old car was a Mazda 3 MPS Aero, which was a lot quicker and had a true average of 27.5 MPG, and was far, far more reliable. The figures quoted on the Mazda are actually worse than VW, so Mazda seem to be more 'honest', and therefore although they lack the refinement and clever features, they seem to make the better car.
The car as a design is fantastic - which other car has an electric glass sunroof built into the folding metal roof. The way it folds is a masterpiece in engineering. However although mine was OK for the time I had it, from looking over the internet, these are prone to going wrong and are costly when they do.
The sound of the V6 is lovely.
Refinement levels are great; minimal road noise, solid feel.
Nice finish inside.
The DSG gearbox offers a lovely gear change once you are on the move.
Unfortunately though, the true quality of the car is actually crap, even though it may not appear like it. My car had full VW service history and low mileage, but had the following 3 faults mentioned above. From only being used to Japanese makes (one BMW 330ci too) I'm used to problem free cars, and for the short time I had it, I have to say it was a constant headache, and there's no excuse given its age/mileage.
A real shame as it was only one of 24 3.2 Individuals.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th June, 2013