In the 2006-2009 timeframe, I had a Jetta TDI pkg2 DSG and loved it. Our family grew, so we sold it and bought a minivan. Anyway, a couple weeks ago, I bought a used 2013 Jetta TDI w/ DSG, and expected to love it.
Something is different here, with this new transmission, and I'm not able to drive it as well as I could the older one. The difference is more than the new 2-second "hill hold" or whatever it's called. Once I get moving, things are fine (D mode, S mode, manual mode, it's all good). The problem is when I'm starting from a complete stop, and the best way I can describe it is "mushy." It's like the car can't figure out what I want to do. It's very tentative and indecisive as it starts out. If I punch hard on the go pedal, it's faster about its decision, but it's still mushy. I seems like it revs higher than it should at start, and it slips the clutch a lot longer than it should. Again, once we're moving and into 2nd gear (or higher), things are great.
I don't have any jerkiness during launch that others are reporting, I only have this mushiness/indecision from the trans.
Our 2006 was really fast to get fully engaged into 1st gear. Sure there was a minor backslide on hills (I miss that), but the car got into 1st really quickly, and then did what it should.
I guess that's the summary: the new-to-me 2013 Jetta takes longer than it should before it is fully engaged into 1st gear.
Is this normal?
On another subject (or maybe not), I'm not getting the fuel econony I expected out of this car: I'm getting around 25 mpg city. Maybe that's related to the comment about high revs.
Edited to add: Maybe I do have some of that jerkiness, but that's rare for me, and it seems to be related to the amount of time I was stopped or that I had to quickly change the input I give on the go-pedal. If I'm accelerating quickly and then I let off, it jerks up a gear or 2, and I don't think I can cast blame on the car for what I see there. Otherwise, it's very smooth.