I went to the local VW/Mazda dealer this morning to compare the Jetta Sportwagen and Mazda3 Skyactiv to replace my '01 Golf 1.8T.
The handling of the Mazda was great but the engine (or maybe it was the gearing with the 6MT) just didn't impress me. Since our other car is a Mazda5 stick (similar power/weight) I was pretty surprised. Though I was leaning towards the Sportwagen anyway for the cargo room so that just made the decision that much easier.
The only Sportwagens on the lot were TDIs, which with my 10 mile commute and under 10k per year mileage doesn't make much sense for me, so I sat in one of those and then test drove a 2.5 Jetta sedan stick. The engine and transmission felt great; a little less smooth than the Mazda but much better power in lower revs.
'12 S manual Sportwagens are pretty scarce so when my sales guy mentioned ordering a 2013 I went for it: white with no other options. No estimate yet of build date but getting the right car was more important than getting it quickly.