My Volkswagen golf experience.
My golf gtI is a reliable car. It averages around 25-30 mpg, and even with being required to use at least 89 octane; it still only takes about $35 to fill it up. With the steering wheel tilt, it allows you to move the steering wheel forward and backward to optimize your comfort levels while driving. The hand crank seat is a slight pain, but the seat itself is quite comfortable. They are almost like bucket seats. The only real problem I have had with my golf gtI is that the sending unit on my fuel pump quit working a while back. It does not read my fuel levels so I must keep track of my fuel mileage to make sure I do not get stranded. It seems like a reasonably easy fix though with the access panel being right under the rear seat.