Very expensive, but pretty good overall
Alternator drive belt pulley sheared off its mounting. Replaced under warranty with newer design, plastic, pulley.
Emissions sensor failed. Replaced under warranty.
Required software upgrade that improved responsiveness of the gearbox. Done under warranty.
When new it used >0.5lt oil/1000 miles. It gradually settled down and now uses ~0.5lt/2000 miles.
Tailgate never closes "first time" unless one of the other doors or window is open.
A minute or so after removing the keys, leaving the car & closing the doors, the central locking sometimes automatically locks all the doors, and sometimes it does not.
DSG gearbox is good, although was originally hesitant to pull away or change into reverse until software upgraded.
Fuel consumption isn't bad, 40~45mpg, for such a heavy car.
Servicing is surprisingly cheap and rarely required, averaging once per 18,000 on the "computer calculated" service intervals.
Local VW dealer is excellent.
Handling & cabin noise are not bad for the type of vehicle, but not as good, nor as quiet as a normal Golf or Golf Plus.
Climate control works very well. Normally just leave it on 22° and Auto.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th October, 2006