Strong value and pleasant to drive
No problems, but it is too early to tell. Wanted to get the ball rolling on the 06 model lines in case someone is looking for more information on them.
The car handles well, but is not particularly powerful. It is just adequately powered and moves down the road nicely.
It has a very taut and heavy feel to it, more so than its size would suggest.
I do not like the pedal arrangement, the entire assembly is too far to the right (or to the left for those who are right side driving I would imagine). The clutch pedal is straight down the middle of the steering wheel. There is a nice dead pedal though, oddly.
Also, the clutch and throttle don't mix well. Meaning, the pressures of the two don't match either the travel of the clutch pedal or the revving of the engine. The engine is not particularly frree reving, so I would actually like a heavier pedal to match it. You feel like you have enough throttle to launch the car in first, and as you let off the clutch you realize you are barely above idle speed and stall it. I drive manuals primarily, so its not a beginner's problem. Just feels like it.
Otherwise, the car is a good value for the money. I leased this car, and the warranty outlasts the lease by 9 months.
The Wolfsburg is a value oriented option package today, not a performance package. It comes with 16" wheels, a sunroof, "leatherette" seats that look and feel like leather, thick rubber floor mats, heated seats and mirrors, a deck spoiler, 6 CD in dash CD player, and Wolfsburg badges which are frankly not as cool as the old ones with the little castle. These just say "Wolfsburg Edition".
I am very pleased so far and drive it every day.
The seats are extremely comfortable.
The car has a "near luxury" feel to it, and the interior materials are overall very nice except the sun visors which are very cheap feeling to the touch.
The climate controls are very intuitive and easy to use.
I will update this review should I have any problems. I have found this website useful to use in the past. I am eager to see how well this car holds up over the course of the lease as I am sure many readers are.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th December, 2006