Yup, it's instantaneous. I was actually using light throttle while climbing a hill on a major street here in town. The average for the car is a respectable 25MPG so far. We'll see what's up when I fill it up for the first time.
Thank you all for the well wishes for my sister!
For an automatic, it shifts well. Although, for these cars, they seem like they have a hard time choosing whether 3rd or 4th gear is best (I've driven a 2.0L Turbo Audi 4A that does it too, although it is a 6-speed auto).
Just waxed and detailed it today.
Yeah, I see where you do think this car is boring. It is quite on the bland side with it's light steering, automatic transmission, and supple ride. It is a family car, after all! I do like its level handling and European ride. Build quality is extremely good, save for a couple of the usual broken VW interior trim pieces. Remember, you're reading a post from a guy that would be tickled pink to drive a brand new Toyota Camry with a V6 (~270hp).