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.
As a staunch and truly loyal American made car buyer I was a little hesitant to give the V-dub a second look. I am glad I did.......with the lack of any real sport compact american cars out there I had to expand my search and look over seas to find something that would help me stop lamenting my separation with my SVT Focus. I have to say that while I don't have the sentimental attachment, I cannot deny the fact that the GTI is an upgrade in every area of peformance. I see myself really learning to love this car. I feel that there was great attention to detail, alot of thoughtful things that make me think....hmmmm..that was a good idea. During my search for a replacement I test drove quite a few sport compacts. The Mazda speed 3, Dodge Caliber SRT, Honda Civic SI...you name it. They where just not near as fun as the GTI. I felt like it wanted to be pushed, kind of wanting to be driven. I have a young daughter and a car seat is a must, no problem...even with the 2 door. I will say however, the doors can be somewhat heavy and they're kind of "long". Bucket seats feel great, no moving around when I'm zipping aorung town. The plaid design threw me off at first when I saw pics online but look really good in person. Handling is good, some roll but not to much. The springs feel semi-stiff. Braking is also good, maybe a little soft at the pedal, but I always feel confident in the stopping power. Not as much bite as the SVT but still quite good. I test drove the DSG and 6 speed version, both are equally as enjoyable. I chose the 6 speed, but the paddle shifters on the steering wheel were tempting and I will say that I can't shift the manual near as fast. It's nearly instant. The torque is so practical, it's quite useable. The Mazda had much more but it's not in the right area of the power band, and the Civic....yuuukkk...felt like it was best at super high RPM's. Who wants to drive there $20k investment at 7500 or higher all the time. The factory satellite radio is awesome. I recommmend it to any one, 12 bucks a month. If anyone is looking for a new car in this class drive eveything else first, you will be impressed. Between the performance and extras I look forward to my commute to work in the morning, I am a VW guy from now on.
I have owned my VW GTI for about two months now, and I love driving it more and more each day. It has a lot of power and the optional manual transmission is fun, while still having the ease of an automatic. I recently took it on a short road trip and it was so smooth the whole way. The hatchback makes it spacious enough to put a bike in the back without taking any wheels off. This is my first VW and I absolutely love it, perfect size, perfect look, and fast when I want it to be!