VW pleather are nice for vinyl seats, but they are terrible in the summer and not real leather. One of the early gen tdi's had real leather as option. There is nothing wrong with the VW gas engine in terms of revving or performance. I like the performance of a VW gas engine more than a Honda.
Especially now that it is going to come with a 1.8/2.0 direct injection turbo. They expect a boost in 2014 fuel economy too.