I traded in my 1993 5-speed Golf for a used 2003 VW Golf 2-door hatchback, auto, 2.0L,silver, and WOW what a car. Its handling is great. It is very comfortable to drive. It makes city driving less of a stop and go nuisance as it is with a stick. The smooth transmission just glides all over the city. Its handling on the freeway is like flying an airplane. This car is easy to drive and park.
I like how it has lots of room, a nice interior, is easy to park, and has ZIP around the city.
VW must keep the interior cabin noise to a minimum. On a hard rough road / street with pot holes, be careful.