I have an Audi TT and just sold my Fiat Abarth for this VW Alltrack because with two very small cars, I needed more carrying capacity. I'm in property management and though I enjoyed my 2 zippy sporty cars I just couldn't hack it any longer. The audi and Abarth are both manual. Since I will only own manuals, the choices are severely limited in the good ole usa. If I can overcome my identity crisis (for real) finding myself behind the wheel of a (cringe) station wagon, the car has a solid (german engineering) feel and is not a total bore to drive. Literally storage is everywhere - this is new to me as I didn't have any before. I'll also be able to take my kayak out which I haven't been able to do for years. I love the Marrakesh brown interior. With all the choices in every product these days, WHY are interiors all black? or Ivory? Like really, ivory? Other than mini's which are offering maroon and blue, this brown really appealed to me and actually factored into my decision to buy. The all-track is VW's verson of the Audi all road without the higher price tag. I don't want to pay the premium for the Audi and not sure it comes in a manual anymore. Another thing auto makers do, is once you move up from the base model, the car goes to automatic and manual isn't available. So with the all-track, I was able to get the SE in a manual because I had to have the power sunroof and the upgraded stereo. I haven't familiarized myself yet with all the electronics - though someone mentioned one of my pet peeves - the USB connector inside the middle compartment is a poor design-nearly impossible to connect to it with the shift in front of the compartment. Annoying since this is the port that'll be used most. In the rear there is a regular 2 prong plug outlet. The seats are firm, a plus imo, and have lumbar support. With back issues so common, it's a mystery why they don't put lumbar support in every car standard. The seat was in perfect position when the car was delivered. In playing with the adjustments, I can't seem to find that sweet spot again. There's still a lot to get used to and features I'll probably never know about or use. Backup camera is nice to have. No blind spot monitoring - I recently had this feature in a rental car and it would have been nice to have in the alltrack as its a good safety feature. The car rides very comfortably, which most folks would appreciate though I personally am used to a sport suspension and prefer it. If I didn't have to have a manual, I don't know that I would have purchased this particular car. But for carrying capacity and a manual transmission, it sure beats the snore-baru. Now if only Subaru would bring back the manual Baja, that was an exceptional model - sport, turbo, four doors AND carrying capacity.