Class like only the Europeans can produce
Not a thing has faulted on this car.
This waxy substance leaked from below the doors, but that is common for Volkswagens, and does no harm whatsoever. I believe it's actually meant to do that according to dealers.
The engine pulls strong from below with it's great torque, and screams at 6000 RPMs approaching it's limit.
The transmission is good, but throws could be a bit shorter and entry into 3rd gear can be a bit sticky at quick speeds.
Interior is like that of a $35,000 car, although a bit tight in the back seats. Blue lighting gets many compliments.
Brakes are strong enough for the average person, but bigger rotors would be nice if you're in the twisties. Kits available from the Audi TT or even Porsche to remedy this.
Stock suspension is luxurious, but people who buy these want something sporty. I recommend get Eibach Pro-kit springs for your car and upgraded shock absorbers. Made a world of difference, I feel this is how the car was meant to feel, especially if you put on lower profile tires and/or bigger wheels.
Fuel economy is good, although the 1.8T would be a better motor for that. Around 30 MPG isn't bad at all for an 180 HP 2.8L narrow-angle V-6 (VR6) though. TDIs are nice economy-wise, but diesels pollute too much.
Lack of performance options from the factory was a bit annoying. 176HP stock from a sporty 2.8L VR6 is a bit weak compared to engines such as that of the BMW M3, which achieves 333HP without turbocharging. Even the new 1.8T can produce 220HP with just a performance computer chip.
The biggest problem I have is that Volkswagen isn't offering cars in the US with performance anywhere near the cars they sell in Germany. No 4Motion Golfs or Jettas to be had here, no Golf R32 which is an AMAZING car, no six speeds offered. Once again, no performance options for the US, shame! Although even Ford does the same thing, no Escort Cosworths ever offered here...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2002