In all honesty, you'd be hard pressed to find a better, all around sporty economy car. The interior is top-notch, and the drive is simply stunning. For a front wheel drive car, it handles incredibly flat, and the steering is very precise. The 2.0T is an absolute gem, with oodles of torque down low, making merging and passing people on the highway a breeze. I even use mine to participate in autocross events, and I've surprised many BMW and Porsche owners with how fast my little car car run. If you're looking for a sporty car that get great fuel economy while maintaining enough space to be practical, this is the car for you.
I am so very impressed by this car! The level of performance, comfort, quality and "surprise and delight" features is really high, and yet it was very affordable. I get many comments on how stylish it is, and I love the utility of being able to just throw my bike in the back (both wheels still attached) and head out for a bike ride. As far as performance, the turbo 2.0 is smooth, quiet,and very torquey, pulling easily from 1500 RPM yet smoothly winding to redline if I like. It has LOTS of power; passing on a two-lane road is easy. Fuel Economy has averaged in the high 20's, with the best tank at 33 mpg. Handling is in nosebleed territory. It goes where I point it, period. It doesn't wiggle or slide out, and the ride is decently smooth in the firm, German sort of way. I was pleased to find an iPod adapter hiding in the console, complete with a plastic bag of fittings designed to accept iPods of any flavor. I was even more pleased to find a working Sirius radio, in the standard factory unit. How cool is that? Add to that the various power assists, cruise, 8-way adjustable seats, smart seat folders that get out of the way to load the back seat, then go back right where you had them set, a tilt/telescope sterring wheel with a fat leather rim. Very luxurious! Driving this car is a real pleasure for me. As an engineer, I enjoy machines that work well. This one does, in every way from the click of the turn-signal lever to the clunk of the closing doors to the quiet whir of the turbocharger as it spools up. All this adds to the pleasure of the driving experieince, and I keep coming back to it costing roughly HALF of what BMW gets for a 1-series, which I didn't like nearly as well when I tested it. VW has screwed together a very nice package, and if you are interested in a performance car that has some utility as well, it is very much worth a look.
HAVE HAD SEVERAL MECHANICAL ISSUES.. HAVE HAD CAR ONLY 6 MONTHS.... WHEN THE CAR BREAKS, HAVE TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT... WHO SCHEDULES A BREAKDOWN??? ALSO; DO NOT PURCHASE THE WARRANTY...WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!