I test drove many cars, including an RSX type S, a Celica GT-S, a Matrix, and Subaru WRX. Among all those, the GTI was the best bang for the buck. It has great performance and handles very nimbly with the 17" optional wheels. The fit and finish is above and beyond any of the vehicles I tested. Overall a very well crafted piece of machinery.
Craftsmanship, seat warmers.
Could use a more functional cup holder. It blocks stereo controls. The armrest also impairs use of the emergency brake.
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