Just checked the Motorhome magazine's dinghy towing guide, and didn't find any VWs on the acceptable list. Yet here we have one successfully towed.
The same was true of Miata. We towed a 2002 6-speed for years, and now tow a 2011 Miata 6-speed. Miatas aren't on the list either. Oddly, I had heard that the 5-speed manuals couldn't be successfully towed.
With our older Miata, the key had to be turned to the first notch, which released the steering lock but didn't turn on the accessories. Our newer Miata just requires a key in the ignition. I run the engine for a few minutes every day, but not sure that makes any difference.
Enjoy South Dakota. The Black Hills are great!
I think we need to stop calling it "working from home" and start calling it "living at work!"