I was able to buy this car at over $4k below sticker, plus a received 0% financing for 4 years. This was a deal that was hard to pass up!
The VR6 has real character. It tends to be a little rough on cold start-up, but the noises it makes are intoxicating. Once warm, it is smooth as a turbine. The DSG is a wonderment, changing gears seamlessly, and exactly when you ask for them.
The dash top/door panels, and the leather/vinyl are first rate. The hard (cheap) plastic is regulated to the lower sections of the interior where it can hide. The doors shut very easily, with a solid thunk. All controls have a solid click.
With only one car, I needed a sporty car with legitimate rear seat room and an automatic for the other users. I have had 2 6ft passengers in the back seat without complaint. The cushion could use a little more height/angle to aid in leg support. Nitpickin
Golfs have an excellent reputation for passenger safety, and this is something that is very important to our family. With 6 airbags, ABS/TC/SC, and good seats, the passive safety is impressive. Good handling with AWD helps on the active safety front.