I saw this thread in the mk4 forum and it got a good response, so credit to whoever started it there, and hope they don't mind me starting it here.
Well I've got a 2.0 TDI Match 2012, so to start off:
Number 1: I really don't like the fact I can't tell when the doors are actually locked, there is no pin to give visible indication.
If one of them didn't lock, I doubt I'd ever know till some opportunist tried it and broke in. Yes, I know there are sensors but there is probably still potential for a dodgy lock to get missed by a dodgy sensor.
Number 2: Stupid speedo goes up in increments of 10mph till we get to 80, then it jumps to 100 followed by 20mph steps!
So there is a graduation between 80 and a 100: What is that 85 or 90?
Ok so if we stick to the speed limit it would never be an issue. But if you are going to keep up with the car in front on the outside lane of the motorway, then chances are you'll be doing between 80 and 100. So guess what - the speed is confusing to read at those speeds and critically at a time when you might prefer to move in to the middle lane and let the fast cars get on with law breaking speeds.
Number 3: Silly format of buttons to turn on the interior lights. There are so many buttons up there in that panel, and they are all flush, so you have no chance of turning the interior light on without prodding randomly to try and get the right one.
Number 4: Head rests lean forward, so I can't sit straight in the seat, probably a safety feature, but I have never seen such an uncomfortable forced head-forward position.
Other minor niggles are
The pokey little single reversing light and single fog lamp.
Silly positioning of a couple of switches between gear lever and that little compartment. Why here??? WHY? Why not on the panel with all the other controls?
No audible bleep when I lock and unlock the car, so I am forced to turn round and look at the indicators to make sure the locking action has taken place. Whats the problem with a simple bleep. I think the horn can be enable, but you don't want a horn blip at night time do you.