There is no chrome on the grill and around the windows for the S wagen.
This youtube below shows a pretty good walkaround of an S wagen. Even though it's a 2010, 2012 is just the same, lookwise.
Does the 2012 JSW S base model have chrome on the grille or not? I thought it did (have not seen one in person yet) but the brochure states for the SE 'chrome grille and window surrounds', so I'm guessing the S does not have the chrome grille at all. Building at VW.com seems totally worthless if you want to see true pics! And looking at pics here does not help me because you all modify everything on your JSWs.
What I want is the SE, but can't get it for the price I want, and the best deal I have gotten would force me to buy the sunroof which I don't want to pay for. So I am trying to convince myself that a little chrome and some leatherette (and a sunroof that I don't need) is not worth 4k for me right now (the chrome and leatherette are the things I care most about on the SE). My last 4 cars have been base model VWs so I don't think I would be too disappointed with the S.
Someone please help me!! I am driving my husband crazy, I can't make up my mind... and not to mention color... I was all set for black, my favorite, but our silver reflex always looks so much cleaner than our black... He really wants to buy the car tomorrow... Really I need to just send him alone and stop worrying about it.