As I have experienced it in the GTI and Beetle. Now in the Jetta.
So I have pretty much the same observations. The DSG is still one of the worst behaved automatic out there.
It is almost never smooth. Shifting is pretty abrupt and rough, and it gets worse in the "S" mode.
As I said before, it is best to use the fake manual mode and decide for yourself when to shift.
This also seems to do away with some of the lag at take off.
In the normal "D" mode, the lag is even dangerous. In situations, like intersections, when you do need power right away.
I have to say, VW is not alone. As similar transmissions in the Ford Focus and Fiesta behave the same.
The engine itself is noisier and rougher than the 2.5 Liter. Although once you push it, it does sound pretty sporty.
In normal driving it often sounds and feels like it is about to stall...
But at over $28 000 (For my loaded GLI), it is also more than $10 000 over the base model.
Again, the Fender/Panasonic stereo is one of the best I have tested. It is truly a pleasure to listen to music in this car.
Although it didn't work all the time during my week.
I often ended up sliding my thumb over the door handle many times with no effect.
Which can be frustrating and actually takes longer than just getting a key out of your pocket.
Most of my problems are still with the DSG.
I will do my best to drive a manual version next time.
Which could solve most of the problems.
In general, the GLI still behaves like a more comfortable sedan with big wheels than a sports car.
Once you push the car a bit, you can tell the suspension is still too soft and the steering still too light for anything really sporty.
Which, I guess, is fine for most buyers.
During my weekly drive I got 20MPG in the city using the S mode.
But 27 in the regular D mode. Quite a difference. (Official number is 24)
And I had no problem getting 38MPG on the freeway.
Which is much better than the 32 official rating.
And a great number for a quick, powerful car.