My wife has an interest in this vehicle because the way it looks and also it has the option/capability of 7 passenger if she needs to cart a few extra small kids. We have three kids(12,10,4) and this would be her commuter. We own a larger vehicle that seats us all well.
I know reliability is a wildcard with VW, anything else I should be concerned with like expensive maintenance etc?
The VW dealer across the river from Washington DC, Alexandria VW, has the best prices on new VW's in the nation. Virginia car dealers typically charge a $599 doc fee however.
There is also Sheehy VW of Springfield, VA that has very good prices as well. That's where I picked up my GTI on the cheap last year. There's ways outta that doc fee though, or atleast lower it. I think I got mine reduced to $399.
Anyways, I think the OP needs something a little bigger than the Golf Alltrack. IMO the Tiguan would suit the family needs ok. The 2.0T is in alot of VW/Audi models, so I don't think you can go wrong there. Being in NE I would imagine you would want the AWD version. I don't have first hand reports, but I hear good things about VW's AWD system.
I like to look of the 2018 Tiguan. One of the best looking crossovers on the road in my opinion. The engine should be fairly reliable. Its their EA888 2.0T tuned for this app. Same engine family as the TSI VW/Audi that's been around a while. Maintenance should be 10k intervals on VW 502.00 grade Synthetic.
I would still go for: -Tiguan (no manual/stickhift?) -sportwagen 4motion (awd): manual? -alltrack manual/stickshift exist and VW forums say the gearing may be better for fuel consumption than the GSW 4motion.
FWD GSW manual/stickshift have been reported in 36/40+ MPG.
Just bought one, trading in my alltrack. Alltrack is a fantastic car but to be honest, rear seat room is pretty tight. The Tiguan is very roomy and will be a good road tripper. Itís got the 2.0t in a slightly different tune than the gti. It actually specs 0w 20, vw 508. Iíve only got 500 miles on mine but am really enjoying it. Fuel economy is pretty stellar. I went with a 4motion se with pano roof. Got a good deal, on my opinion.
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