I can't speak to the reliabilty of a 2013 VW GLI. We do own a VW though. A 2007 Jetta Wolfsburg 2.5. The engine though noisy and course has been ROCK solid and I bet you didn't know the 2.5 liter 5 cylinder is ACTUALLY half a Gallardo engine. That's a fact. The auto trans hasn't been an issue either. The problem we've had and why we'll never buy another VW is ever since the car's been outta warranty it's been one electrical problem after another. We have a 2006 Honda Accord also with triple the mileage of the Jetta and have infinitely more confidence in lasting long-term.
"what I'm driving here...is an ending." Jeremy Clarkson
2014 Whiteout Toyota GT-86 6mt(Presently enjoying WAY more than anticipated)
2011 Alpine White BMW M3 6mt ZCP Coupe(forced retirement 06/06/14)
2008 Alpine White BMW 328i 6mt Coupe(retired 06/21/11)