2014 Volkswagen Jetta Highline TDI from North America
Terrible build quality
I would never buy another one of VW's products in any of its lines (even in sibling companies owned by them) after this vehicle. What a piece of junk.
Something is always going wrong with it -
1) The back up camera works when it feels like it (dealer replicated issue) - the dealer said they think they may have fixed it, but I'll have to wait and see.
2) The car almost stalled out in an intersection, nearly causing a collision where I would have been deemed at fault (I was turning left). This issue was not replicated and has been experienced by many other TDI owners of this generation, DSG and manual.
3) The doors have recently started unlocking-locking-unlocking-locking over and over while I drive for no apparent reason. Clicking the button manually has no effect on this and the car continues to do it. A ridiculous issue, and I hope one that the dealer can replicate. I can't find many other owners that have had this one, but it's annoying.
4) The button for the air recirculation next to the A/C has stopped functioning, even though I have barely ever pressed it in the life of the vehicle.
In short - this car is junk. I bought the Highline and it is fraught with poor quality cabin issues as well as electrical problems.
WHEN the vehicle runs properly it's awesome. The car returns better than advertised fuel economy, and actually has really good pick up. Two things that you never get together in other brands, and what attracted me to VW in the first instance. The vehicle in my opinion also looks really good, inside and out.
Having said that - I don't have that many kilometers and the electronic issues this car is suffering (most replicated by the dealer) are absurd! Even when the dealer replicates an issue, they can't always seem to find a fix either, which is very frustrating. Oh, and according to a service tech - VW does what they can to turn down warranty repairs. Luckily my car is not modified in any way or I would have been declined I was told. Good stuff to know if you're considering the brand.
This is a really nice car when it operates well. But for a $30+k vehicle it has WAY too many issues and is not reliable (see above).
I would never again purchase another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd May, 2015