Powerful and agile, yet very versatile.
August 21, 2017
This thing is pretty fast. My wife has a dsg in her mk6 gli, and while I though I enjoyed a stick more, the auto sometimes makes me regret my decision. But after a quick shift with the dsg, I'm reminded that I couldn't shift faster with a stick anyways.
I have driven nothing but Volkswagens in my life, so I may be biased on my opinions. While a gti is quick, this is faster. I own a mk6 gli with a tune, and the torque steer is unreal. The awd will keep you planted and straight on accelration, it's quite remarkable.
This is my first awd hatch, and while I've driven a few other awd cars, mainly Audi and Subaru, I have to say I'm pretty happy with the performance.
Fuel economy is so so. I haven't taken a long trip aside from the ride home from the dealer, but I've hit 29 mpg so far. Keep in mind, my fwd 14 gli 6 speed with a tune got 41 on a 7 hour drive to North Carolina.
If you're familiar with vw and the fender system, you're getting the same, plus a somewhat updated infotainment system. Android auto is pretty neat, but I've had some issues with my Nexus 6 that I haven't fully worked out yet.
If your looking in the $30k range for a fully loaded fast awd hatch, def consider just sitting in a golf r. It's really nice.