A great family car, good for the long haul.
The emisssions warning light came on at 6500 miles. The sensor was probably playing up, according to the Volkswagen dealer.
The alarm would trigger at random. I took the car to a dealer who pronounced it to be working perfectly! However, since then the alarm has stopped misbehaving, which is quite a coincidence.
The 2.0 TDI engine is very punchy between 2000 and 3000 revs. This is very handy, but a broader spread of this engine's considerable grunt might have been better. Overall the engine is very good and the 6th forward gear is justified.
The handling is very good: firm with limited roll.
The amount of internal storage space is a disappointment, especially compared to the cavernous storage in a new-shape Renault Scenic. Much is made in the brochure of the dozens of cubbyholes, but many of them are tiny, including the glove box.
The cabin is a very nice place to be in! The seats are comfy and middle-row legroom is very good. The ability to independently move each of the middle-row seats has been surprisingly useful. My two kids love the extra space and I can prop a laptop on the folded-down middle seat for DVDs! 2 extra 12 volt fag sockets are a nice addition.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2005