Originally Posted by NikonsAndVStroms
What are your thoughts on the 12 so far? Anything I should look out for?
You can certainly tell that it's "decontented" especially when compared to models like the CC. But you have to consider that it's a great "value". My SE sunroof was under $28k. It fits the bill perfectly for my 1,000 mile/week pace. I live and drive throughout the mountains of appalachia at average speeds of 75 mph and I'm still averaging 42 mpg. I've seen up to 51 mpg on a 100 mile stretch of state highway (65 mph) in Ohio. The torque delivery at highway speeds is wonderful.
The DSG transmission takes some getting used to, especially when starting from a stop. You have to remember that it's a computer controlled manual transmission and learn to drive it as a manual without a clutch. Keep in mind that that the 40k mile service will be a doosey. DSG service is recommended at that time.
The only real complaint I have is the crappy OEM Hankook tires. I always buy high-end Michelins and these OE tires just plain suck in comparison. They're loud and have less than stellar performance in wet conditions. Snow is downright scary.