"Fast Family Fun"5.0 starson by novaiowa
Pros: 200-HP engine, quick 6-speed manual, first-rate interior, enormous hauling capacity, great mileage
Cons: No auto headlights, interior lights never really dim
Summary: Although most of the Sportwagen attention has fallen on the diesel-sipping TDI, the SEL version with the 2.0T is the perfect car for those wanting practicality and sportiness. It's really in its own league, with a 6-speed manual transmission, 200-HP turbocharged engine, and a list of standard amentities that runs the gamet--heated seats, power/memory driver's chair, leather, dual climate control, Homelink garage door opener, etc. The only option we checked off was the panoramic sunroof. It's terrific and wows anyone in the back seat. Even our baby loves to look out through it. We've also been getting great mileage. Took a trip last weekend and got about 33 mpg with a loaded car, two passengers and the air conditioner running. It goes without saying that this wagon can move, with the same sporty TSI engine as the GLI and GTI. It also has an amazing luggage capacity--more than a Passat wagon with the seats folded down. Unfortunately, this will be a limited edition vehicle. I've learned Volkswagen will not offer the SEL with the 2.0T engine for 2010. Get it while you can.