Re: I tried to get my bro-in-law into a WK2 but...
Per your leasing complaint, the rates for buying right now are excellent. Lease residuals were estimated very low initially on the 2011 so their lease rates where not very good. However, I believe the (resale price) of the WK2 is going to hold quite well and some dealers are just now (this week) adjusting lease rates to account for the better residual value at the end of a lease. So, watch for lease rates dropping very soon; dealers are motivated to keep the aged inventory low.
IMHO, leasing has all the disadvantages of owning a vehicle but without the benefit of actually owning it. By "benefit" I mean buying provides one the complete flexibility to do whatever they want whereas by leasing you're simply financing the initial (high) depreciation for 1-3yrs use and then have nothing to show for all those payments when you turn it in. Everyone I know who leases gets dinged for mileage at turn-in time and that should be a prime consideration.
FWIW, I've run the numbers on leasing for years and have always ended up buying then selling/trading after a few years where I make out better financially than by leasing. Admittedly, sometimes the difference was only $1000 in my favor (by buying) but mostly it was a few thousand. It all depends on what the rates are if there are crazy lease deals. Whatever you do, put as little as you can down up front for the lease; $0 down plus tax, title would be the goal.