Oh I would certainly have it MANY other ways
!! But with limited resources things are always a compromise.
Been driving it for a couple days. There definitely seems to be a bit of vibration at idle...from the chain driven BSM perhaps...
Idles at 900, which I think is about right, but it seems high perhaps due to the vibration and it seems always on the verge of trying to go (like the automatic transmission is pulling - more than I've encountered with other autos)...also the transmission is more busy than I'm used to, but I've never driven a 5 speed auto before and I have a lot of hills with varying traffic speeds that it is sorting out.
Steering is noticeably heavier than the golf...but that's to be expected.
Windshield washer jets don't seem to do as well as the golf...much smaller area of the glass gets hit.
The headlights seem to be aimed too low...but that's easy enough to take care of.
Louvers on the vents are a bit buggered at couple spots (come out of alignment when you work the wheel up or down).
Kids love it, and I'm not getting my back kicked all the time. With the hockey bag inside, there's still enough room in the back for backpacks and lunch bags and miscellaneous other daily crap, while still getting the retractable cover in place!