This is the first Volkswagen I have owed for four years (the previous one was a Lupo GTi). The car I bought was pre-registered and has every option available except the DSG gearbox.
I have owned this car for only three weeks now, but I'm very impressed. So far the fuel economy is ok, considering most driving is around town (26 mpg) and the performance is good for a fairly heavy car.
The best bit about this car is the way I tend to be grinning from ear to ear every time I drive it - I even find myself driving the long way to work on most days.
There's only one minor fault to report - the rear nearside electric window isn't working on its own independent switch, but works fine when the roof is lowered. I haven't taken the car back to the dealer yet, as I'm waiting to see if any other faults arise.
I drive this car as a company car. I did originally experience problems with a squeaky roof, but was taken back to VW and with some greasing, the problem disappeared. They did say they had this problem for other customers.
I am likely to do 40,000 miles a year and the sports suspension combined with 'Chicago' low profile alloys can result in a bit of a hard ride. However, its a great car and I can't wait for the sunshine again. The car has already done 19k miles and no obvious issues to date.
I love the looks of the car. The ride is firm due to the sports suspension, which means that it rattles. The 2.0 L Turbo engine is very powerful but thirsty. On the downside, then my car suffered from a flat battery when it was only two weeks old. When it was three weks old, the "2 zone climate control" failed. This was fixed after one week delay for parts. The car started to suffer with heavy internal condensation,with water dripping on the internal windows, but there was no apparent leak from the roof mechanism. The internal condensation was put down to the climate control fault at first, but the internal condensation still persisted even when the climate control was repaired. After about 5 weeks, I found that the spare wheel well was full of water. I returned the car to the dealer, who after approx 3 days found where the water was entering. This was behind the left hand side rear light cluster, where the rear wing and boot panel are joined. The leak was said to have come from a faulty "sealing tape" that goes over the spotwelded joint. Eight days after leaving the car at the dealers, then it was returned to me. I check the spare wheel well everyday now for water, and so far it has remained dry. The internal condensation is not as bad now that there is no water in the boot, but this car (or my car) still suffers from internal condensation, more so than other cars that i have driven.
Had this car since September and drives great and open top brilliant, major gripe however are the headlights which have a very narrow and low beam. They do not easily pick out the nearside verge and roadsigns on any settings, took the car back for the lights to be adjusted but nothing they could do. Be interested if anyone else has the same problem. If headlights were ok rating would be 4. My wife has a golf, the lights are fine, my lad has a Polo the lights are fine. If I'm driving at night I take out the Golf!
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!