Seemed like a good value, lots of small issues
March 10, 2019
I have the 1.4t manual transmission model. It seemed like a good balance of features for the price. The SE model was ~$19K brand new with a decent list of options (sunroof, leather heated seats, blind spot monitors etc). The excellent gas mileage was also a plus. After owning the car for 2 years however I can say it is the most bland, boring, underwhelming car I have ever owned. In the summer time with the A/C on, the car barely makes enough power to get out of its own way until the turbo kicks in and even then its average at best. In the winter when its cold the plastic dash components creak and pop very loudly over every bump. If its pouring down rain when driving on the highway, occasionally some water leaks in by the driver window. The bluetooth audio and apple car play are extremely buggy, you never know if they are going to work. Sometimes the sunroof doesn't close all the way and requires turning the control knob several times for it to work. Then at 36,500 miles the oxygen sensor went bad (500 miles outside of the warranty period) and volkswagen just said its my problem and refused to take care of their customer.
Overall this seemed like a good value for the price but it was an extremely underwhelming experience. The issues I have had up to this point do not instill confidence for longevity of the car. This was the first Volkswagen I have purchased and it will certainly be the last.