I owned a 2013 Jetta diesel up until February of this year. Had VW buy it back. Nothing wrong with it and not mad at VW.
Went to local auto show to find an SUV since it has been harder getting into vehicles lately. The new Alltrack was on the list, but then this other car got in the way. 2017 VW Golf R, only problem is the black color. Nice color but not when you live on a dirt road, always dirty. 292 hp, 280 lb-ft of torque, AWD, DSG have never been pushed back in the seat so hard in the first 3 gears, don't know about the rest of the gears because already well over speed limit in 3rd. With zero to 60 times below 5 seconds will give you BMW and Porsche people a few headaches. If driven sanely can get 30 mpg on highway, which is what it is rated for. The Alltrack has the same AWD system as the Golf R.
The new gas engines (1.8l in Alltrack) from VW/Audi do not need timing belt changed since they now have a timing chain. Just do the maintenance and hopefully will be alright. Good choice on your part. VW's are very comfortable on long trips.