Plenty of power and the engine sounds great. The 6 speed manual transmission has a very smooth feel to the shifter with short, effortless throws. The brakes are very powerful as well. The interior is great looking and very solid feeling. I really like the plaid pattern on the seats, which are very comfortable, if a little firm. I also like the small red lights on the ceiling that shine down on the shifter at night. It is a good looking car, but I do prefer the look of the mk6 models. I'm also not too crazy about the look of the 5 spoke 17 inch wheels, don't know why, I just think they don't really fit the look of the car sometimes. The h.i.d. headlights are awesome, don't think I could ever go back to conventional halogen bulbs. Only problem I've had so far in a year of having it is a sensor on the driver side door, the car locks itself again even when the driver door is open, like it can't detect that it's open. That's no big deal, though. The multi function information display is pretty cool, though I don't find myself using a whole lot. Be aware, as it does require premium fuel and fully synthetic motor oil, but I would definitely recommend this car to anyone who wants something small and sporty.
Absolutely love this car. Got it in great condition. It looks good, and it is pretty quick with its 2.0T engine. I wish it sounded better, but its not bad. Great gas mileage. I am about 10 miles to work everyday and back. I have found the higher quality gas helps a lot. More MPG and acceleration etc. I have had it about 2 months and no problems so far. The settings menu on the dashboard gets really annoying sometimes. That is really the only thing that has bugged me. Overall great car.
Runs and looks like a thoroughbred. Quick from the beginning until/unless you decide to back off. The tiptronic is a MUST, IMO.